Best tasting salad EVER! This is my WORLD FAMOUS favorite yummy salad just for you. Now is the time for raw vegetables bursting with flavorful and deliciousness. Two of my favorite vegetables – and most nutritious – are kale and Swiss chard. Fresh from the garden and fully ripe, they enhance your culinary dishes with healthiness. This recipe for Kale, Swiss Chard, and Rotisserie Chicken Salad is REALLY GOOD!
Reduce Chronic Pain with Raw Vegetables
Best yet, this best-tasting salad evahhhh can be a part of your anti-inflammatory food plan in order to help you reduce chronic pain. A lot of people don’t understand that chronic inflammatory pain can be preventable. You can learn more about chronic pain in this FREE handy tip guide, “5 Things You Didn’t Know Could Help Chronic Pain”.
About the vegetables in the salad; usually, I cook vegetables like kale and Swiss chard, this time I leave the salad raw, except for the chicken of course. Raw vegetables – and a lot of them – are wonderful for an anti-inflammatory diet or food plan. It would be easy to make this best-tasting salad ever a vegetarian and ALL RAW dish by pulling the chicken and keeping everything else. I adore extra virgin olive oil and think this oil gives the salad a delicious kick. Are you drooling yet? I am! You will find me in the kitchen eating thirds!
The Best Tasting Salad Dressing Recipe
- 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 teaspoons honey (eliminate if you are sugar sensitive or want this to be more strongly anti-inflammatory)
- Salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 T mustard
- 1 bunch Swiss chard, sliced into thin strips
- 1 bunch kale, sliced into thin strips
- ½ a rotisserie chicken, shredded
- 1/3 cup organic raisins
- 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
- Slice vegetables and shred chicken.
- Place in salad bowl.
- Mix dressing ingredients together with whisk or fork.
- Pour dressing over salad ingredients and toss.
Benefits of Swiss Chard
- High in nutrients: Swiss chard is a nutrient-rich vegetable that is packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It is a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, magnesium, and fiber.
- Promotes heart health: Swiss chard is high in vitamin K, which is important for blood clotting and bone health. It also contains antioxidants that can help protect against heart disease.
- May help prevent cancer: Swiss chard contains antioxidants that can help protect against cancer. It is also a good source of beta-carotene, which can be converted to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is important for cell growth and repair, and it may help protect against some types of cancer.
- Supports eye health: Swiss chard contains lutein and zeaxanthin, which are antioxidants that can help protect the eyes from damage. These nutrients may help reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.
- Improves digestion: Swiss chard is a good source of fiber, which can help improve digestion and prevent constipation.
- May help manage diabetes: Swiss chard contains alpha-lipoic acid, which is an antioxidant that may help manage diabetes. Alpha-lipoic acid can help lower blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity.
- Boosts the immune system: Swiss chard is a good source of vitamin C, which is an important nutrient for the immune system. Vitamin C helps the body fight off infection and disease.
- Provides energy: Swiss chard is a good source of fiber and vitamin C, which can help provide energy. Fiber helps keep you feeling full, which can help you avoid overeating. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that can help boost energy levels.
What Do I Do With Swiss Chard?
Swiss chard is a versatile vegetable that can be eaten raw or cooked. It can be added to salads, stir-fries, soups, and stews. Swiss chard is a healthy and delicious addition to any diet and is delightful to grow fresh on a balcony or in your garden. I grow my own Swiss Chard in my Birdies Elevated Garden Beds.
How to Grow Swiss Chard
Swiss chard is a relatively easy vegetable to grow. It can be grown in either full sun or partial shade, but it prefers full sun for best results. Swiss chard is also a cool-season crop, so it can be planted in the spring or fall.
To grow Swiss chard, start by preparing the soil. The soil should be well-drained and rich in organic matter. You can add compost or manure to the soil to improve drainage and fertility.
Once the soil is prepared, plant seedlings OR sow the seeds about 1/2 inch deep and 1 inch apart. Swiss chard seeds will germinate in about 7-10 days. When the seedlings are about 2 inches tall, thin them so that they are 6-8 inches apart.
Swiss chard is a low-maintenance crop. It needs to be watered regularly, especially during hot weather. You should also fertilize the plants every few weeks with a balanced fertilizer.
Swiss chard can be harvested when the leaves are about 6 inches long. You can harvest the leaves individually or cut the entire plant at the base. Swiss chard can be eaten raw or cooked. It is a delicious and nutritious addition to any meal.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are a few smart questions from my friends with answers that might help you understand the nutritional benefits of my favorite best-tasting salad. Eating nutritionally dense foods means a LOT of health benefits for you and your family. Keep eating that kale and Swiss chard and live with less chronic pain!
Yes! Salad dressing, particularly store-bought salad dressing can cause inflammation if it has a high content of sugar, dairy, or unhealthy oils. The best bet is to consume salad dressings that have no dairy, lower sugar content, and use olive oil that is Omega-3-rich.
No. Although honey is linked to many proven health benefits, it is not considered an anti-inflammatory agent. Too much of any type of sugar or sucrose – including honey – is inflammatory. Use honey in salad dressings and cooking moderately or not at all if you are concerned about inflammation.
Most specifically, kale is one of the most nutrient-dense foods you can eat. Consuming kale regularly means you are getting a healthy dose of antioxidants and Omega-3 as well as Vitamins A, K, C, B3, B6, manganese, calcium, copper, potassium, magnesium, iron, and phosphorous.