The Aztecs recorded using chia seeds as far back as 1540. This colorful and refreshing salad is perfect for summer afternoons and evenings. Serve this salad as a starter, side dish, or light summer meal.
Benefits: Chia seeds provide energy in the form of healthy fats (including anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids) and plant-based protein. Fresh, seasonal berries provide a concentrated source of beneficial antioxidants such as vitamin C and anthocyanins, which improve capillary function in the brain, eyes, and skin.
For the salad
2 cups (packed) roughly chopped baby spinach
1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 cucumber, diced
½ cup sunflower kernels
¼ cup (loosely packed) chopped fresh basil leaves
For the dressing
2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 Tbs. chia seeds
1 tsp. honey or maple syrup
1 Tbs. water
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Vegan if using maple syrup
Omega-3 fatty acids
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