Romaine lettuce and pumpkin

When I’m thinking about a dish I would like to prepare, there are few criteria which come to my mind. Sometimes I focus on the aesthetics, sometimes I think about the taste other times I just feel that my body wants something, that it lacks a particular vitamin or so and then I try to find this type of food which will provide me with it. I just try to eat consciously.

This is how I came up with this very simple and easy salad. What you’ll find in it:

  • romaine lettuce, because green food is usually rich in iron,
  • carrot, because of carotene, that is vitamin A which is very important if you want to take good care of your skin,
  • red pepper, because it’s so red :),
  • black olives, because I love their taste,
  • pumpkin seeds and pumpkin seed oil, which is rich in healthy fats and vitamin E,
  • and balsamic vinegar for its characteristic taste.

It’s so simple, isn’t it?

Ingredients:

  • romaine lettuce
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 red pepper
  • 15 black olives
  • handful of pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin seed oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • salt, pepper

First chop the lettuce and slice the carrot (to get very thin slices I simply used a peeler). Slice red pepper and mix all vegetables together. Roast pumpkin seeds on a hot pan for about 2-3 minutes. Mix together chopped garlic, pumpkin seed oil, balsamic vinegar and a pinch of salt and pepper. Next mix dressing with vegetables, put salad on plates and garnish with roasted pumpkin seeds and black olives.

I should only add om nom nom :).

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