This fresh, satisfying salad is a great way to get more parsley into your diet. It’s SO MUCH MORE than a garnish! 🙂 Parsley tastes great when prepared well and has wonderful antioxidant properties, lots of fiber and is all around super healthy for you. It’s a great detox salad.
Combined with fresh lemon and nutrient-rich almonds, this salad is a health power-house. It’s a fantastic addition to many dishes, and is easy to devour all by itself.
Ingredients for the Parsley Salad, minus the toasted almonds
Parsley, Lemon & Toasted Almond Salad
Yields: 3 ½ – 4 cups
Serves: 7-8 sides
- ½ cup almonds
- 1 small shallot or 2 tablespoons red onion
- 1 lemon
- ¼ – ⅓ cup olive oil (high quality extra virgin is best) (adjust amount of oil according to taste)
- 1-2 cloves garlic (depending on your taste)
- 1 Tablespoon brown or dijon mustard
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon honey
- About 25 sprigs of parsley, or 1 full bunch
Set broiler to low. Rough chop the almonds and place on a baking tray. Toast almonds for 2 minutes. Watch closely, as you want them only lightly golden brown. Alternatively you can toast the chopped almonds on a dry skillet over medium heat for about 5-8 minutes. Watch and stir occasionally. Ready when fragrant and lightly golden brown. Remove from heat.
Finely mince shallot or red onion and garlic. Slice the lemon in half. Rough chop the parsley, including stems.
Juice the lemon into a medium mixing bowl.
Add all ingredients into mixing bowl and gently stir to combine.
Serve as a side or garnish to veggie burgers, on a falafel platter, or with fish, chicken or lamb.
The Empowered Kitchen Tips:
You can add this to 1 or 2 cups cooked brown or wild rice for a heartier side dish. Basmati would work well too, but has slightly less nutritional value.