Happy Thursday, Noshers! How has your week been? This one has been crazy busy for me, but I’m glad it has been a short week! And tomorrow’s Friiiiday, yay! Have any fun weekend plans?
Today I’m excited to share a new food experience with all of you. As a pretty liberal omnivore, I admit that new food experiences for me are few and far between (I’ve tried a lot of food before). But one thing I hadn’t tried until recently was chia seeds! So when Health Warrior reached out to me about their chia seed products and the ways this fiber-full food could be used in recipes, I was keen to try it out.
Health Warrior sent over not only a bag of their Premium White Chia Seeds, but a box full of fresh produce and ingredients as well as a recipe card (above photo). Fun! I love cooking and baking, and I love it even more when the ingredients are all laid out for me :).
One of the things that fascinated me most about the chia seeds was how they expanded and formed a gel-like consistency upon being soaked in water:
The recipe card included with my box was for a vegan-friendly Waldorf salad with apple chia dressing. While it didn’t really matter to me that the recipe was vegan (you loyal readers know that I love my cheese and butter!), I did appreciate the abundance of apples, walnuts and celery in this recipe. Would you like to try making it on your own? Have at it!
Vegan Waldorf Salad with Apple Chia Dressing (Recipe serves 4)
- 1/4 cup room temperature water
- 2 tsp Health Warrior Premium Chia Seeds
- 1 tbsp organic agave nectar
- 1 tbsp fresh squeezed apple juice
- 1 tbsp fresh squeeze lemon juice
- 2 cups apples, diced with skin
- 1 cup celery, diced
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- 8 leaves butter lettuce
Mix chia and water, and allow to soak for a few hours until Chia gel forms. Combine agave syrup, apple juice, lemon juice and chia gel in a small bowl; set aside. In a large bowl, combine apple, celery, cranberries and walnuts. Fold in citrus chia vinaigrette and toss ingredients until dressing evenly coats the salad mixture. Spoon each serving onto two leaves of butter lettuce and serve.
This salad was super hearty and refreshing, and I appreciated the sweet and tart elements. I’ve since made the salad a few more times and it is gooood! I’ve also added chia seeds to my Greek Yogurt and froyo with delicious results. If you’re looking for a quick and delicious way to add fiber and omega-3s to your diet, try adding some chia to your life!
Have you had chia seeds before? What is your favorite way to incorporate them into your foods?