My Favorite Salad

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Meet my favorite salad.

salad in a bowl with crumbled cheese on top

The salad I could eat every day for the rest of my life, and never get sick of it.

The salad I do eat most nights of the week.

The secret to this delectable dish?

It satisfies all of the 6 tastes of food–> sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent and astringent.

According to Ayurvedic principles:

The 6 Tastes naturally guide us towards our body’s nutritional needs. Each taste feeds our mind, body, senses, and spirit in its own unique way. From a modern nutritional perspective, the 6 Tastes satisfy each of the major dietary building blocks. Sweet foods, for example, are rich in fats, proteins, carbohydrates, and water, whereas Bitter and Astringent foods are high in vitamins and minerals.

The brain sends the body signals when it requires energy in the form of food. By incorporating all 6 Tastes into each meal, we ensure that these signals are adequately met, thus avoiding food cravings or the over-consumption of certain foods. [source]

Pretty cool, huh?

It also happens to taste fantastic.

Megan’s Favorite Salad
serves 1


For the salad:

5 oz. assorted leafy greens (I like a mix of crunchy romaine and tender baby greens)
2 handfuls cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
roasted red pepper slices, as desired
2-3 oz. goat cheese (shredded raw goat cheddar, or soft chevre)

For the dressing:

Juice of one large lemon
1 tablespoon stone ground mustard
1 clove raw garlic
fresh ginger, minced (to taste)
NuNaturals liquid stevia, or honey, to taste


In a large bowl, assemble your salad ingredients.

salad in a bowl with cherry tomatoes next to itI like to chop up my greens into teeny-tiny bits, so that I can get a little taste of everything in each forkful.

Then pile on your veggies!

salad in a bowl with tomato slices on topFeel free to use any veggies you like. My favorites happen to be cherry tomatoes, roasted red peppers and steamed beets at the moment.

Now it’s time to whip up the dressing!

jar of mustard and lemon halvesIn a small bowl, combine the fresh lemon juice with a spoonful of Stone Ground mustard.

At this point, you could add a few drops of liquid stevia, or a touch of honey, and be done–> but, this next step takes the dressing over the top.

ginger and garlic cloves in a plastic container

I keep this little container of raw garlic cloves and fresh ginger in my fridge at all times, so it’s ready to grab when I need a punch of flavor! Using a microplane, grate a clove of garlic and a bit of fresh ginger into the lemon/dijon mixture, and stir well to combine.

Pour over your salad, and devour!

salad in a bowl with cheese crumbled on topAll 6 flavors, covered.

  • Sweet: roasted bell peppers, plus sweetness in the dressing
  • Sour: fresh lemon juice
  • Salty: goat cheese
  • Bitter: leafy greens
  • Pungent: garlic, ginger
  • Astringent: raw vegetables and greens

Not a goat cheese fan? Try using avocado instead, for a creamy alternative! (Add a dash of Nama Shoyu to be sure your salty flavor is covered, too.)


Hope this salad becomes a new favorite for you, too!

Reader Feedback: What are your favorite salad toppings? Any go-to dressings that you want to share? My family went out for salads last night, and now I need a copy-cat recipe from California Pizza Kitchen–> their “Thai Crunch” salad actually had my dad raving about a salad! Must re-create, ASAP.

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

I can already tell I’m going to love learning about Ayrveda from IIN! Thanks for introducing me to the 6 tastes concept. Right now I’ve been going through roasted red peppers like CRAZY! I love blending them into dressings, or with chickpeas to make hummus. I don’t really have a formal recipe for either, but in general the hummus is just chickpeas, tahini, roasted red peppers, and a ton of garlic. So good!


I love Ayurveda!!! Amazing principles..and so grounding! Have a great day!


Thank you for introducing me to the six principles of taste! That’s very interesting.I already know I am going to love this salad!

Allie Q

How would it be without Stevia? I really don’t like the taste of it at aallll. And I’ve tried several brands, including NuNaturals. But despite that, this recipe looks so yum!


omg. i haven’t had goat cheese in so long and now i’m craving it.

thank you very little.


Sweet Laaaaaawd I can see how that is your favourite salad. So easy but so good.


looks amazing 🙂 i will be making your dressing 🙂


Just came across your website darling!
Amazing recipes .. All so healthy & look so tasty..
Can’t wait to get stuck into this salad tomorrow & try out some of your other recipes.

Keep posting!!

Xx mel


I’ve made this salad several times last year and tonight was the first this year. Love it! Thank you.


My go-to salad consists of 5 of the 6 flavors you mentioned above and an additional one I call protein. 1) bitter = romaine,kale, cabbage,2) sweet= tomatoes, golden raisens(my fav), goji berries or any dried fruit, 3) astringent = cucumberand/or any veg in my fridge, 4) salty = celery or a pinch of pink himalayan salt, 5) sour = lemon or lime juice for my dressing (simple, right?), 6) protein? avacado, seeds or nuts(sliced brazil nuts mmmmmm). I haven’t tried goat cheese yet. It sounds yummy.

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