Today is day two of my 5 day salad recipe feature. If you missed day 1, it was a tasty flank steak and avocado smear salad. Check out the post here.
A side note: my husband read my post from yesterday and was jealous he didn’t get to eat a salad like that 🙂
My salad bowl is filled today with a salad I’ve talked about on the blog in the past. I used my recipe for my Apple Cranberry Cashew salad and topped it with some left over BBQ pork tenderloin from last night’s dinner. Did you know you can cook a flavorful pork tenderloin in your slow cooker with minimal prep? All I did yesterday was place my tenderloin in the slow cooker with a smear of BBQ sauce (no measuring here!), a squeeze of dijon mustard, a sprinkle of garlic powder and a cup (or so) of chicken stock. Cook on low for 3-4 hours or until its reached 165 degrees F. Dinner was cooking in less than 5 minutes!
What’s great about making this salad individually as opposed to family style is that I could put as much of the “goodies” as I wanted to! I love the crispness of the green apples and the crunch of the cashews and how well they pair with the tartness of the dried cranberries. You will never go wrong with apple cranberry and pork.
Here’s a snap shot of the salad recipe. This will serve four with left over dressing. Feel free to play with what you serve on top. I’ve done pork and chicken but I bet hard boiled egg could serve as a great alternative protein source.
In this series, I am highlighting one or a few ingredients that support immune health. While all the ingredients are very healthy, I am going to focus on the cranberries and cashews as they are unique to this recipe.
First up, the cranberry. While it’s widely know to prevent/treat urinary tract infections, the cranberry has other benefits. Vitamin E found in cranberries has been shown to influence the amount of inflammation in your body by decreasing the circulation of certain pro-inflammatory proteins, c-reactive protein. Along the same mechanism, Vitamin E is known to decrease pro-inflammatory cytokines.
Magnesium is trending to be a “hot” nutrient in the near future. Although not completely understood, magnesium deficiency is thought to be a risk factor for chronic inflammation and subsequent disease states like obesity, heart disease, certain cancer, and diabetes (reference). One serving of cashews (1 oz) contains 20% of your daily magnesium as well as many other minerals including iron, copper and manganese. Keep in mind these nuts have contain heart healthy monounsaturated fats which make them a welcome addition to any salad.
I’ve got a non-traditional salad up next for tomorrow so stay tuned and thanks for reading!