Blueberry and basil, papaya, spinach salad with a chilli and agave pistachio nut topping

8 Jan

Blueberry and basil, papaya, spinach salad with a chilli and agave pistachio nut topping

I feel too young for aches and pains and body complaints. My knee is creaky and my back is full of rocks; it is muscular tension. Sniffles and coughs, fatigue and sleep deprivation. It’s all self induced.

My uncle was, and still is, one of the patriarchs of our family. A strong and disciplined man, he is giving and loving and he was always firm and fair. Growing up, when he would visited us and was offered tea by my folks, he would always reply that he would drink it only if I made it. He was one of those that limited his food intake and I actually never saw him indulge.

He’s now deteriorated in his golden years and knowing this has provoked much thought on how I should be grateful and look after this one and only body I have. It is true that some things we simply can not control or avoid and chips taste very good. It is true that making time for exercise is tough and that eating well is sometimes expensive. But, life is short.

My blueberry basil, papaya and spinach salad with chilli and agave pistachio is good for the body, the eyes, the taste buds and is very easy to put together. Blueberries are often talked of a superfood and I eat them like sweeties. Spinach is fabulous and best raw I reckon and let’s talk about papaya. I ate loads of the stuff after giving birth to my boy, it’s said that it has healing properties. This fresh and easy salad will liven up any table at this time of heat and will encourage picking on fruit, not crisps.

Blueberry and basil, papaya, spinach salad with a chilli and agave pistachio nut topping

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6 Responses to “Blueberry and basil, papaya, spinach salad with a chilli and agave pistachio nut topping”

  1. eastofedencook January 8, 2014 at 11:58 pm #

    I just purchased a mega-bag of spinach for salads throughout the week. A toss of blueberries and the scrumptious pistachio nut topping is a perfect salad for the dreary winter and a good use for all my spinach!

    • Deena Kakaya January 9, 2014 at 9:31 am #

      Too right Deb, I very much need the colour, the antioxidants, freshness, natural taste…and a apart from cooking the blueberries and basil, A toss is pretty much all that’s needed xx

  2. Sun January 9, 2014 at 9:28 am #

    Just lovely! I love fruits and nuts on salads, and this looks very tasty.

    • Deena Kakaya January 9, 2014 at 9:31 am #

      Thanks so much Sun! Hope you’ll try this one out x

  3. Joanne January 9, 2014 at 12:16 pm #

    This salad is so full of health and flavor!

    • Deena Kakaya January 9, 2014 at 1:17 pm #

      Thanks Joanne, I’m certainly feeling better for eating this well x

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