The Perfect DRESsiN’

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One of my favorite things to eat, or for that matter, one of the only things I can eat is SALAD! I must say there is nothing more satisfying than a freshly picked bunch of beautiful Romaine, Baby Spring Mix or my all time favorite Arugula…

The interesting thing about each of these distinct types of lettuce is that they are unique all their own, and just any ol’ dressing won’t be dressin’ them properly! So @TheYLife set out to identify the perfect dress for each green lady…

A nice Balsamic Vinaigrette has to be the perfect outfit to dress Arugula for me… Reason Y?!

Arugula is native to temperate regions like the Mediterranean region, from Morocco and Portugal West to Syria and Lebanon and Turkey on the Eastern border. After first being brought to light for Americans in a New York Times food article in the 1960s, we realized how deliciously crisp, spicy and healthy this little lobbed leaf could be… Arugula is filled with Vitamin C and Potassium. In the Middle Ages- Arugula was referred to as Rocket and was actually considered it to be an aphrodisiac… this pleasingly pungent wild herb is used by nations around the world in different fashion- some Italians mill the herb into an alcoholic beverage or add it to pasta, Egyptians use it to sideline most seafood dishes, Western Asia uses the seeds to make oil and Brazilians and Americans use Arugula to compile salads.

Balsamic Vinaigrette:
2 Tbsp. Honey
2 Tbsp. Dijon Mustard
1/2 Tsp. Kosher Salt
1/2 Tsp. Black Pepper, Freshly Grated
1/2 Tsp. Herbs De Provence
1 Tsp. Garlic,
1/4 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
3/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

In a small bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients except the Oil… After they have blended together, begin to add in the Extra Virgin Olive Oil and continue to whisk… Once you see your dressing take on a thick consistency you have successfully accomplished ‘Balsamic Vinaigrette’!

If you are more of a Romaine Lettuce girl, that is a great thing! You see, Romaine is not just deliciously crisp and crunchy- it is a salad guaranteed to be packed with: nutrients, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and fiber- which are especially good for the prevention or alleviation of many common health complaints. Romaine has an extremely low calorie content and high water volume, making it a very nutritious food. Its Vitamin C and beta-carotene make it extraordinarily heart- healthy in preventing the oxidation of cholesterol; additionally, a very good source of potassium, it has been linked to uses including: lowering high blood pressure and its folic acid, vitamin C, beta-carotene, potassium, and fiber content, can significantly contribute to a heart-healthy diet.

So look at that Y’s… every lettuce actually has grave health benefits!