Simply the zest. We’ve thrown together a Southwest Salad that’s perfectly balanced with crisp lettuce, corn, beans, tomato, peppers, and avocado. But we’ve made this delicious meal even better with our Creamy Kefir Salsa Dressing. The blend of Lifeway Kefir, peppers, and seasonings has a zesty, mildly spicy kick that elevates the entire dish. And because the dressing is made with Lifeway, it also infuses this salad with probiotics, protein, calcium, and vitamin D. What could be better?
Cultured Dairy: The Nutrition Benefits You Actually Need to Know
With increasing research linking the correlation between probiotics, gut health, and immunity, it’s no secret that the integrity of our gut is vital to our health. Although additional factors such as stress, antibiotic usage, and individual health conditions can contribute to the condition of our gut, a focus on healthy food choices is one of the easiest ways to support the microbiome.
Several studies have shown a strong association between the gut-brain-microbiota. Probiotics introduced to the gut have been found to support immunity, improve allergies, and improve digestion.
Studies have shown that reduced diversity of healthy gut bacteria during early years is associated with an increase in food allergies during school-age years. In addition, kefir made from whole milk helps absorb key nutrients such as Vitamins A, D, E, and K. Vitamin K is important because it helps your bones absorb calcium. It’s important to know that kefir contains a special trio: vitamin D, K, and calcium – all three crucial elements to support bone health.
Prebiotics + Probiotics = A Healthier You
Prebiotics are non-living, non-digestible carbohydrates naturally found in a variety of fiber-rich plant foods. Your body actually can’t digest prebiotics, so they’re what probiotics feed off of to remain actively working in your digestive system. They help the digestive system by promoting the growth of good bacteria. Prebiotics and probiotics work together in balance to make sure our digestive system stays on track and regular. Research has found that consuming a variety of prebiotic and probiotic food sources may improve your body’s natural functions, including both your immune and digestive systems.Prep Time: 25 mins Servings: 2
- For Dressing:
- 1 tbsp. organic soybean oil
- 1/2 cup tomato puree
- 1/4 cup Organic Plain Whole Milk Kefir
- 1 tbsp. distilled vinegar (white)
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 jalapeño, diced
- 1 tbsp. onion powder
- 1 tbsp. garlic powder
- 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- juice of 1 lime
- For Salad:
- 1 head of romaine lettuce, rinsed and chopped
- 1 cup fresh corn kernels
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 tomato, chopped
- 1 avocado, pitted and chopped
- tortilla strips/chips
- 1/4 cup, crumbled Farmer Cheese
- Add all dressing ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.
- Add all salad ingredients in a large bowl, toss together well, and top with the Creamy Kefir Salsa Dressing. Enjoy!