Strawberry Balsamic Salad: Green Smoothie of the Week
After the great feedback on my last series of recipes, the dessert thickie smoothies, (which I am still continuing for a few more weeks) I am starting a new green thickie series called Green Smoothie of the week. I will be scouring the web for green smoothie recipes that catch my eye, try them out, turn them into a green thickie (add oats and nuts/seeds) to make them into a complete meal and make any other tweaks I fancy, then present them to you to give you a bigger range of unique green thickie recipes to try.
This smoothie caught my eye immediately. There is something about the taste of strawberries with balsamic vinegar that really works. I was intrigued as to how this would work in a smoothie. I’m always up for trying out weird and wonderful combinations of ingredients and this one definitely fits the bill. It’s strangely addictive. I thought it might be a bit too strange for my husband but surprisingly he really loved it too.
This Strawberry Balsamic Salad Smoothie recipe was inspired by Floptimism. At first I was wondering if the addition of basil and balsamic vinegar might be a bit too much, but once I started adding the basil, I just couldn’t stop. It just tasted fresher and fresher with each basil leaf I added, so I included loads more basil than in the original recipe. When I had counted 48 basil leaves, I decided just to call it one cup of tightly packed basil leaves. Feel free to add less basil, but this is a green thickie after all, so we’ve got to get our greens somewhere, and it might as well be with the basil.
- 2 Cups Non Dairy Milk (oat, rice, soya, almond, hemp, coconut drink or raw nut or seed milk)
- 1 Cup Basil, tightly packed or 2 cups loosely packed.
- 2 Cups strawberries
- 2 Bananas
- 1 Cup Oats (use raw oat groats if following a raw food diet or oatmeal if you don’t have a powerful blender)
- 2 Tablespoons Linseeds (or ground flaxseeds if you don’t have a powerful blender.
- 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
- Juice of Half a Lemon
- Blend the ingredients in the order listed.
- Blend the ingredients a few at a time so that your blender can cope with the work, unless you’ve got a high powered blender, then you might be able to add them all in at once.
- If it gets too thick, add more water as necessary.
- If your blender has made the smoothie too warm, you can either cool it down in the fridge or freezer, or add some ice cubes or frozen fruit to it (You may need to add more water as this will thicken it further).
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