Arugula Snap Pea Side Salad
This recipe is the perfect simple salad to serve alongside any main dish. This salad takes less than 5 minutes to put together, and is loaded with flavor. This salad is vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, and made with healthy oils.
Happy Tuesday friends! I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful summer weather! Sorry if you're not a fan of the summer heat, but the summer is my favorite season by far, so let me enjoy it, because as soon as it gets cold all you'll hear is me complaining about it lol. Moving on, the health kick is in full swing here, which I am not at all mad about. I kind of fell off the wagon a bit this pass winter/spring. I don't like admitting to this, but I think it's important to. First, health is my greatest passion, so some would consider me an "extremest", but it's what makes me happiest, so haters can hate all they want. Second, when I say fell off the wagon, I really mean that the wagon maybe lost a wheel or something. I was still eating vegan (There will never be a day for the rest of my life where I will knowingly eat something that isn't vegan), and I will still eating way healthier than the average person. However it was that mindset that got me in trouble. Previously I was focused and only compared myself to the version of myself from the previous day. This was the healthiest mindset I'd ever had in my life. Each day I was eating healthier and healthier, feeling better every single day, and happy with who I was becoming.
I think the shift in mindset was mainly due to social media. I kept seeing posts of people promoting "healthy mindsets" of eating a piece of cake because it made them happy or whatever, or posts calling out labeling foods as good foods and as bad foods. I hate this. These are the things in society right now that are making me so frustrated. Simply put, some foods are good foods and some foods are bad foods and that is just a fact. I hate how society is shifting in this direction of encouraging people to eat unhealthy foods so they feel better. If you do not value your health by all means eat whatever you like, but don't shame people for focusing on eating the right foods. I kept seeing these posts and I was thinking well, so and so eats like that and looks like that so I should do that too. Looking back this was so stupid. I know my body, I know how I react to processed foods, alcohol, binging, etc. so why was I listening to others on social media? At the end of the day, do what works for YOU, and what makes YOU happy, because how you feel is all that matters, it's your life!
Okay, wow I got off topic! Let's bring it back to this yummy salad. I usually make salad recipes for salad meals, and then forget that a lot of people eat salads as an appetizer or a side salad. So I made this salad with three goals in mind: Minimal Ingredients, Short cooking time, and affordable. I did it! I accomplished this without sacrificing any flavor. Since arugula is already a flavorful lettuce on its own, I knew that I wouldn't need to add much else to bring this salad to life. I added blanched snap peas for some sweetness, and some radishes for some crunch, and ta da! Super easy, and honestly super beautiful.
Last thing I just want to pop in and talk about is that this salad is super healthy and low calorie. I used hemp oil for the dressing, because it's one of the healthiest oils in the game. I wrote a lot about it in my last post. I rarely use oil, but in a salad such as this it's a must, or else you'll be eating straight vinegar. When I make other people's recipes I always at least half the oil needed (I only use oil in raw dishes, I never make a recipe that requires cooking the oil, that's just how I eat personally). Therefore this recipe has no need to cut back the oil, because it is already minimal. I think I have blabbered on for long enough today, to the recipe!
Total Time: 5 minutes
For the Salad:
1 Container arugula
2 Cups Snap peas (1 Bag)
1 Bunch Radishes
For the Dressing:
1 1/2 Tablespoons Hemp oil
1/4 Cup white wine vinegar
Begin with washing all your produce. Next, blanch your snap peas, this should be under five minutes. You want them to just be soft, but not change color. Once soft quickly give ice bath.
Add arugula to large bowl. slice the radishes, and add to bowl. Add cooled peas.
To make the ingredients simple combine ingredients together and wisk. Quickly pour over salad and toss. Serve and enjoy!