I remember when I went through the list of all the things I couldn’t have anymore. No meat. No bread. No processed food. No coffee. No ice cream. Only alkaline food.
“So what the heck can I eat?” did run through my mind. The list of so called “poisons” included all my favorite foods!
Luckily for me, the list of great alkaline foods to eat includes salads. I’ve always loved salads. Salads are super healthy and so versatile. No salad need ever be the same. There’s just so much you can do with it.
I will be posting some great recipes on this website to get you going, but with an alkaline salad it’s just a fact of using some creativity with me. Just throw some of your favorite vegetables in and enjoy!
For salad dressings I will be posting some great recipes as well, but extra virgin olive oil and some super alkaline lemon juice will spice your salad up with little effort. Be careful though, using the wrong dressing can turn an alkaline salad into an acid forming salad, so stay away from store bought dressings in general.
Here’s some of my favorite alkaline ingredients I put in my salads to turn them into a quick and easy alkaline salad with a short description of their health benefits.
Tomatoes (especially cherry tomatoes)
Ripe tomatoes are abundant in vitamin C, biotin, vitamin K and carotenes. For those that don’t know, tomatoes are actually a fruit, and unripe fruit tends to be less nutritionally rich than ripe fruit. So make sure you look for a strong red color and and firm texture.
Similarly, riper and therefore juicier tomatoes are actually more alkaline-forming in the body than unripe tomatoes. But watch out, since overripe tomatoes become less alkalizing, so try to eat tomatoes at their peak.
Tomatoes are full of a powerful antioxidant phytochemical called lycopene, which helps to protect the skin from sun damage. Dr Weil recently stated that “High consumption of lycopene, the most potent antioxidant found in tomatoes, has repeatedly been shown to provide cardiovascular benefits.”
A pretty vital ingredient in a salad 🙂
I’m pleased to announce that all varieties of lettuce, including iceberg, watercress, red leaf, etc. are highly alkalizing. For those counting calories among us, lettuce is a very low calorie food and is a great way to counterbalance any acid foods you might want to eat.
So if you want to have say a steak or something similarly acidic, you should have at least an alkaline salad with it to neutralize the acids!
I love crispy, slightly spicy radishes. They really add some taste, texture and color to a salad and just like lettuce, they are very low in calories. I personally like having them as a snack during the day as well. Apart from being full of vitamin C, it is an alkaline forming vegetable.
Cucumbers are a super alkaline forming food, water rich and nutrient rich. They contain potassium, vitamin C and folic acid. I always used to peel cucumbers but found out recently that the skin contains silica, magnesium and potassium, so will keep this on next time.
Some people snack on cucumbers, but I don’t love them that much. But if you’re a big fan, this is an absolutely great alkaline snack. I do really like them in a salad though and will ensure that your salad is really alkaline.
Onions are certainly alkaline but are also packed with greatness. They are incredibly tasty and I love sprinkling some chopped onion over my salads.
Onions are a source of sulphur which is important for the health of the skin. In fact its shown to improve the overall appearance of skin. Apart from improving your skin, they will also improve digestion by encouraging good bacteria in the gut.
If that wasn’t enough, onions have been shown to be beneficial to the heart and circulatory system. Red onions are even better, so make sure you add this variety to your alkaline salad once in a while as well.
Grating some carrots is an amazing way to add some color to a salad. I also love the sweet taste of carrots. Apart from their great taste, organically grown carrots are among the top most alkaline-forming vegetables, according to “The pH Balance Diet”.
My grandmother always used to tell me to finish my carrots as they would help me see in the dark, so I always ate lots of carrots and then bumped into things at night trying to see! I concluded that this was a trick to make me eat my vegetables, but as it turns out, she was right. The beta-carotene helps promote vision in the dark.
The high concentration of antioxidants help protect against cardiovascular disease and many types of cancer. On top of that they are filled with vitamin A carotenes and are a good sources of dietary fiber.
I’ve only ever seen orange carrots, but apparently there are countless of other varieties of carrots, with all kinds of colors!
I actually have raw carrots as a snack during the day. No dip (although I do love a garlic dip), just a carrot to satisfy any wicked cravings!
Extra virgin olive oil
I usually drizzle some extra virgin olive oil on my salads. This is alkaline forming in the body and since olive oil has the highest percentage of monounsaturated fat (which are good for your heart) of any oil, you don’t need to worry about putting too much on since it’s good for you.
Alkaline salad recipes
Hopefully the above has given you some ideas (and motivation) to experiment with some super healthy alkaline salad ingredients to make really easy and tasty salads. I will be posting some of my most delicious alkaline salad recipes and dressings here soon to give you even more ideas to alkalize your lifestyle.
I personally aim to have either a small side salad or a big alkaline salad as my main meal every other day if not more.