“Colourful, quick to prepare, super healthy and the dressing is to die for!”
- Rosemary Scott, Seaside Magazine, July 2016*
Rosemary Scott operates the very successful, gluten-free friendly Deep Cove Market in North Saanich, Vancouver Island with her sister Joanne. Rosemary is also a frequent recipe contributor to Seaside Magazine and in her latest offering, Rosemary keeps it in the family.
This recipe was borrowed from her sister-in-law Ros – and local, drawing upon the lush bounty we enjoy on the Saanich Peninsula. Best of all, it’s gluten-free!
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Island Dish: Summertime Spinach Salad
by Rosemary Scott, Deep Cove Market
I have to be honest here and tell you that this recipe is courtesy of my sister-in-law, Ros Scott. I love this salad for many reasons: it is colourful, quick to prepare, super healthy and the dressing is to die for!
There are a number of ingredients in this recipe that are part of the top 100 healthiest foods list. First of all, we have the fresh local spinach that is readily available at markets this time of year. Spinach is among the top greens for folate, and it contains high amounts of vitamin A, iron, potassium, calcium, zinc, and selenium, which offers antioxidant protection and supports thyroid function.
Next on the list? Beets. Research shows that beets are a good source of antioxidants and have compounds that can help lower blood pressure and LDL cholesterol. They also look lovely on your plate thanks to betalains, the pigment that gives them their colour. Putting toasted almonds on the salad not only adds crunch and a delicious nutty flavour: they are also a good source of the antioxidant vitamin E which is said to play a role in slowing cognitive decline with age.
Last but not least, this dressing has turmeric in it. Its vibrant orange colour comes from curcumin, which is a potent antiviral and anti-inflammatory agent. Research has shown that turmeric helps to tamp down inflammation in the body and is helpful in reducing pain associated with osteoarthritis.
Now that you have the nutritional information, you can enjoy this dish knowing that you are being very good to your body!
The dressing recipe makes enough for another day.
Salad (printer-friendly version)
(Tailor amount to number of guests)
- local fresh spinach leaves
- cooked red beets, sliced or quartered
- 1 – 2 oranges, peeled, sliced and quartered
- ½ red onion, chopped
- toasted sliced almonds
* Arrange on platter
This recipe makes two cups and can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator and kept for up to two weeks. Enjoy!
Place ½ red onion in food processor. (If you don’t have a food processor, you can use a blender or hand mixer.)
Add and blend
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp curry powder
- ½ tsp turmeric
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp dry mustard or dijon
- ⅓ cup cider vinegar
- ½ cup honey to emulsify dressing.
Mix well and finish with a steady stream of one cup canola or safflower oil.
“Deep Cove – Your Gluten-Free Country Market in North Saanich!”
Deep Cove Market has been serving celiacs for more than ten years with an eclectic selection of the very best gluten-free products that Vancouver Island has to offer.
A first and last stop shop for locals and tourists alike. Minutes from Schwarz Bay Ferry Terminal as you arrive or a last stop before heading to Vancouver or the Gulf Islands, you’ll be sure to leave with items you won’t find anywhere else.
An ideal destination for a Sunday drive or bicycle trip from Sidney or even Victoria. Be welcomed with wide verandahs, aisles jam-packed with goodies and shaded, picnic seating in a beautifully landscaped garden.