This spinach salad is accompanied by toasted sliced almonds and red ripe strawberries! I made an orange chia seed vinaigrette that consisted of freshly squeezed orange juice, rice vinegar, agave syrup, sesame oil, garlic, and chia seeds.
Are you ready for some fun nutritional facts about chia seeds? Okay! Chia seeds are the highest plant source of omega-3, and are high in calcium, fiber, protein, and antioxidants. If you thought that flax seeds were your go-to for omega-3, then you haven’t heard of chia seeds! Ch-ch-ch-chia! It’s the new black!
I served this tasty-zangy-scrumptious salad with the Kale and Cremini Mushroom Lasagna I made for my very special friends Sandy and Leah.
Another nutritional fun fact, spinach is super high in iron. BUT, unlike the iron found in dead animal flesh, this iron is hard for our body to digest… UNLESS you pair your spinach/leafy greens with something that contains vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), which makes the non-bloody-iron more available for the body to properly absorb. Any kind of healthy fat helps increase the iron absorption even more.
Which means pairing strawberries and almonds with the spinach, and then topping it off with an orange chia seed vinaigrette is the PERFECT way to insure us vegans are getting the benefits of our spinach! Popeye would be proud!