Salad making for dummies

What you need for a good salad

  • 1. Pick a kind of lettuce as a base, I prefer organic. Romaine, watercress or mix different lettuces up.
  • 2. Pick 1, 2 or more vegetables that you add raw or grilled. Like cucumber, tomatoes, grilled mushrooms, red peppers, onions.
  • 3. Add a protein. If you go vegetarian you can choose nuts. If you eat meat you can add grilled organic chicken, beef, bacon or other options. And fish: tuna, salmon, grilled shrimp or scallops as a few examples. Avocado is a nice topping as it is filling
  • 4. Add extra toppings like dried fruits to make the salad get a sweet flavor (raisins, cranberries, grapes, strawberries or other fruits)
  • Add cheese to make it more hearty (goat cheese, blue cheese, parmesan, gouda or other cheeses)
  • Add finishing toppings. Seeds, sprouts or anything else you can think of too add.
  • 5. And last: add your dressing! *Simple salt, pepper and olive oil tastes great with good ingredients in a salad.
  • If you want to go to an asian twist: add soy sauce based sauces to the dressing.
  • If you want to go light, add yoghurt in the dressing.
  • When you want to go sweet & spicy, add a bit of spicy red pepper flakes in dressing with honey

Ingredients which taste great together and in combination are great:

  •  Goat cheese, cranberries & pistachios
  •  Romaine, parmesan, croutons
  • Tomatoes, cucumbers, salt, pepper
  • Goat cheese, roasted pumpkin, sunflower seeds
  • Walnuts & blue cheese.
  • Avocado is always great to add to every salad. Tomatoes and cucumbers almost always are good ingredients too!

Just add some lettuce and olive oil!

Try your own combinations of dressing, salad & ingredients to find your favorite salad!

Love, Lonneke

 


Teresa Lourenco

Introducing top model Teresa Lourenco

Our newest member of the Organice Your Life®  family is top model Teresa Lourenco. Born in Trinidad, and raised in Germany, she currently lives in NYC with her young family. You might have seen her face in multiple advertising campaigns throughout the years, as well as her lead roll in Lenny Kravitz’ “Again” video. She has a young, healthy daughter and lives a Raw food lifestyle. From now on she will share her secrets to her perfect physique with us, as well as how to raise a child on a mostly raw and vegan diet.

5 Quick questions with top model Teresa Lourenco.

Teresa Lourenco

 1. You are a rawfoodie, what does that mean?

Teresa: Being a rawfoodie means eating everything that is still alive and uncooked. Once you cook foods above 104 degrees it looses all the enzymes and most of the vitamins and minerals.  The diet consist of eating fresh vegetables , nuts , seeds,salads and fruit in the purest form . Nothing is processed.   

Teresa Lourenco
Teresa Lourenco for Elle

 2. What is your favorite food?

Teresa: I have so many favorite foods. A few things I couldn't live with out are coconuts , avocado, kale, hemp seeds, water melon, spinach, lemons  all fruits and green leaves  and salads. My favorite meal is a huge salad with mixed greens preferable fresh from the farmers market with avocado , hemp seeds, olive oil, lemon juice, sea salt and cayenne pepper.

Teresa Lourenco
Teresa Lourenco for Cosmopolitan

 3. Favorite restaurant in NYC?

Teresa: My  favorite restaurants are Pure Food and WineCaravan of Dreams Quintessence and ABC Kitchen. Sorry couldn't just pick one. If I had to choose just one it would be Pure Food and Wine. These are just my favorite spots in NYC.

Teresa Lourenco

 4. What is your easy thing to take care of your skin or take off makeup?

Teresa: An easy take on skin is to eat the right foods. The purer the better. What you put into you body reflects to your skin. My skin care lines are very cheap and very simple.I wash my face with Dessert essence tea tree oil( I have been using it for over 10 years) . Then I spray my face with pure Rose water from Heritage.( Been using rose oil for 16 years). My moisturizers and serum's are the only things that I switch up but it has to be natural preferably organic . I love organic Argan oil for my face at night.  For my body I use pure coconut oil or rose oil . I take my make up off with Rose water.


Teresa Lourenco

 5. Favorite memory of a photo shoot? My favorite memories of photo shoots are always the one's shooting in a tropical Island and feeling like I am on a vacation rather than at work. Eating fresh local foods and drinking lots of coconut water. I have always been the one to request coconuts whenever I am working in a tropical place.

Teresa Lourenco

Teresa in Lenny Kravitz "Again" video:

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