Summertime and the livin’ is CBD! Summer marks the perfect opportunity to green up your diet with robust, hearty, great-for-you salads and - you guessed it - Bluebird Botanicals’ CBD oil. Read on for Bluebird’s favorite summer salad recipe, utilizing the greenest goodness and the most terpene-rich CBD product: Bluebird’s Hemp Complete Oil, featuring both raw and heated cannabinoids. Hemp yeah!
While you may not consider a summer salad as something to write home about, we promise this CBD summer salad recipe has a little something for everyone. We’ll even offer a few adaptations so you can be sure to cater to any dietary needs, making this healthy, yummy recipe a salad bowl of wellness that appeals to all.
Why Eat Green?
Aside from it being my favorite color, green foods are chock full of health benefits. While green may not be the only hue in this simple summer salad, it’s definitely a primary (okay, I guess technically secondary) color in this recipe for successful clean, delicious eating.
Here are just a few other reasons to try Bluebird’s CBD Salad:
Arugula provides a generous helping of antioxidant benefits, and its enzymes can help with detoxification. This superstar green is also a great source of fiber, immunity-supporting vitamins A and C, as well as vitamin K and calcium for bone health. Arugula also boasts folate, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and manganese.
An “apple a day keeps the doctor away,” is a phrase we’ve all heard before - this fruit not only includes many of the vitamins listed above, but a single serving of one medium-sized apple also provides 6% of your daily value of potassium.
Apple cider vinegar is a popular buzzword in the health and wellness community. And with good reason: aside from being shown to help regulate certain bodily processes like blood sugar, it also has antimicrobial properties that can help keep your gut health in check.
Bacon. Wait, are we trying to fool you into thinking bacon is healthy? While this ingredient might not top the list of health foods, it does offer a solid fat to protein ratio, making it a good source of animal protein for a salad. Veggies and vegans, don’t worry - you can substitute Smoky Seitan Bacon!
Goat cheese is delicious, in addition to providing an additional source of protein. It also gives you 11% of your daily value of Riboflavin per 28 g serving. Vegans, you can substitute a pre-purchased option, or make your own!
Cranberries, like most berries, are pretty super when it comes to food. They’ve been shown to help with prevention of UTIs, as well as improve digestion.
Walnuts are extremely rich in antioxidants, as well as being an excellent plant source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids. They add a nice texture to your salad as well.
Bluebird Hemp Complete CBD Oil has a wealth of goodness in every bottle. This blend is a specially formulated balance of hemp extract and raw cannabinoid extract, with an extra serving of terpenes. With both forms of cannabinoids plus the steam distilled hemp, this blend is the most comprehensive hemp product available.
If you’re looking for something with a little more oomph, you can always upgrade to Bluebird’s Hemp Complete Concentrated CBD Oil and get six times the concentration per serving of salad dressing.
Now, onto the tastiness!
Bluebird’s CBD Salad Recipe
Summer Salad Ingredients:
- 3-4 cups mixed greens or arugula
- 1 apple, sliced into wedges
- 2 thick pieces of chopped bacon or smoked seitan bacon, cooked to taste
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- ½ cup goat cheese crumbles
- ½ cup dried or fresh cranberries
CBD Salad Dressing Ingredients:
- 2 tablespoons of Bluebird Hemp Complete CBD Oil
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup olive oil, grapeseed oil, or a mix
Note: Olive oil will make a stronger-tasting dressing while grapeseed oil or another neutral-tasting vegetable oil will make a milder dressing. Personally, I like an equal mix of both.
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon ground mustard
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot
- 1 to 1½ tablespoons poppy seeds
- ½ tablespoon hemp seeds or hemp hearts
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
CBD Salad Instructions:
- Chop, chop, baby. Slice and dice your ingredients for the salad and dressing.
- Toss arugula, chopped bacon, apple wedges, and walnuts in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
- Combine your Bluebird CBD Hemp Complete Oil, apple cider vinegar, oil and/or grapeseed oil and chopped shallot in a small mixing bowl.
- Slowly stir in ground mustard, maple syrup, hemp hearts and poppy seeds.
- Add salt and pepper to dressing to taste. Set aside dressing mixture.
- Tumble on your goat cheese crumbles and serving of cranberries.
- Drizzle on dressing.
- Serve and enjoy!
Recipe yields 2-4 servings, depending on whether you are planning to serve as an appetizer or the main meal.
How long is my CBD dressing good for?
Your homemade CBD salad dressing should be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator. If stored properly, the dressing will stay good for up to two weeks. Make sure to label your salad dressing container with the date so you can be sure to use while its still got optimum freshness.
Looking for something a bit more suitable for an on-the-go lifestyle? Try out Bluebird’s Green Smoothie Recipe with raw cannabis for a power-packed punch of wellness in a more portable format.