I am not a vegan or vegetarian, but I prefer to eat that way most of the time. This salad is vegan, full of plant based protein, and packed with ingredients that promote glowing and healthy skin. I also included the recipe for carrot ginger dressing (it tastes just like the salad dressing at Benihana).
You can add cubed mango and eat this with some baked orange chicken wings for lunch or dinner--I'll post that recipe next week.
Tomatoes, chia seeds and carrots are made up of vitamins and nutrients that give your skin a glowing complexion.
Tomatoes contain vitamins A, C, E, K, B1, B2, B3, and B6-- which help to repair and restore skin cells and shrink pores.
Chia seeds are made up of omega-3 fatty acids that reduce dryness, inflammation and increase circulation- giving your skin a smoother and more supple feel and appearance.
Carrots are full of antioxidants and vitamins that help repair skin cells, promote an even skin complexion and build collagen to keep your skin looking youthful.
For the salad:
2 large handfuls of your favorite lettuce, rough chopped-- I used a mix of romaine and spring mix
1/2 medium tomato, roughly diced
1/4 piece avocado, cubed
3 tbs garbanzo beans-- I get them canned with no salt added (read the label)
2 tbs chia seeds
1 medium carrot, roughly chopped
For the dressing
1 large carrot, rough chopped
1inch piece of ginger, skin removed
3 tbs olive oil
1-2 tbs rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar, add to taste
1/4 cup water
1 green onion (optional)
salt & pepper to taste
a pinch of sugar
For the dressing, add the carrot, ginger, onion, olive oil, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper to a blender. Gradually add water until dressing is pourable. This dressing will have some texture to it and be slightly thick since it's made with carrots.
In a bowl, add lettuce, tomatoes, garbanzo beans, carrots, avocado, and sprinkle with chia seeds.
Top your salad with the carrot ginger dressing and enjoy!