We at CardioKit urge you to try this one, especially if you think you don’t like the ingredients — when combined they make a magical mouthful.
This salad accentuates the culinary concept of ‘point-and-counterpoint’ with texture. Slightly bitter endive leaves exaggerate the firm sweetness of pear and the rich creaminess of Gorgonzola. It’s basically the same thing we do when eating cheese with fruit. The flavours are further lifted by ‘friends’ — sweet grapes, the crunch of creamy walnut and finished with a drizzle of the flavour-boosting dressing.
As you know we always ‘reverse engineer’ our recipes with health in mind and here are the highlights:
- endive leaves are high in nitrates which help lower blood pressure (just make sure you haven’t brushed your teeth within 3 hours of consumption as you need the oral bacteria for conversation)
- walnuts and regular tree-nut consumption are associated with improved long-term health through a number of likely mechanisms including a nutrient profile which is high in protective unsaturated fats, fibre and has positive effects on lipid profiles
- grapes and other colourful berries have demonstrated protective health effects in a number of studies
- pears are high in soluble fibres which are associated with cardiovascular protection and improved lipid profiles
- a meal without elements of indulgence will leave you dissatisfied and you will likely crave and compensate via snacks later. Combine with ‘dots’ of Gorgonzola for an illusion of richness
As the Spring and Summer months approach our natural cravings for energy-rich starchy foods reduce and this is a good opportunity to embrace the opportunity for positive eating — these salads are much more than just a side dish. Make them the centre of the meal and combine fruits, vegetables and nuts with proteins and ‘side-dishes’ of carbohydrates. We like to have this melange with a grilled chicken breast which is golden on the outside and a pure juicy white in the centre — sliced and mixed in at the end.