This rainbow salad by London’s only Naked Nutritionist ticks all the boxes for your gut and microbiome with lots of fiber, rainbow foods, and healthy fats.
Don’t reserve great food for a special occasion, eat yourself better with this balanced salmon rainbow salad by the Naked Nutritionist, Daniel O’Shaughnessy. There’s no cooking involved and it can be conjured up with very little effort. Plus, it’s whiff-free so you won’t disturb your colleagues if you’re eating at your desk.
This salad deserves the spotlight in our Eat The Rainbow series, because we’re digging deep into the specific health properties of colourful plant foods and how to incorporate them into everyday life. It’s not just about magical molecules and ticking boxes, it’s about balance and giving your body what it needs. And that’s something Daniel O’Shaughnessy knows a lot about.
Table of contents
- Who is the Naked Nutritionist, Daniel O’Shaughnessy?
- What’s in this health salad and why is it nutritious?
- How to prepare this rainbow salad with tuna or salmon?
Daniel O’Shaughnessy is an accredited nutritionist with a practice in London who works with the LGBTQ community to address their specific health needs.
He spent eight formative years as an addiction therapist before making his way to nutrition, and using it as a tool to help mitigate the effects of adverse lifestyle and health through food. Mental health, which includes substance abuse, is a lot more commonplace that we even thought five years ago.
“Diet can have a tremendous effect on a person’s health and wellbeing. Sugar and processed junk foods can have an impact on a person’s brain chemistry and cravings, and feelings of overall wellbeing,” says Daniel.
Research confirms that diet can influence the brain directly and indirectly by the gut, and it’s something Daniel also applies in his practice: “By manipulating someone’s diet, you can support brain chemistry and provide the nutrients to make the ‘feel good’ chemical messengers in the brain.”
This wholesome balance of carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats nourishes your body and gut microbiome, keeping you satiated for longer.
OIly fish like salmon, mackerel, and tuna are not just a source of protein, they contain iodine, minerals, vitamins, and omega-3 fatty acids. Omega 3 is important for brain health, and research shows that it’s important to have a balance of omega-3 and omega-6 in your diet for cognitive function.
Kale is part of the green food in the food rainbow. It is a fibrous leaf, so it’s served in dishes when sliced thinly, especially for those who are reluctant leafy green eaters. It also contains essential antioxidant compounds that support blood vessel and circulatory health.
This member of the gourd family is high in water, which explains its refreshing attributes and mild flavour. It is low in calories and has good amounts of vitamin K, which is important for essential processes like blood clotting and bone formation.
These somewhat exotic nuts are delicious, crunchy, and buttery. They contain vitamins, minerals, and monounsaturated fatty acids, but that’s not all. These nuts are also a source of antioxidant compounds, including vitamin E tocotrienols that help prevent oxidative stress to your body.
This is a very simple salad that doesn’t require much prep as long as you have the ingredients, and you can multiply the measurements if you’re making it for guests.
- 100g Sashimi Salmon or Poached Salmon
- Handful of Kale
- Chopped Cucumber
- Handful of Chopped Mango
- Handful of Red Cabbage
- Chopped Macadamia Nuts
- 50g Cooked Brown Rice
For the dressing:
- 1tbsp Sesame Oil
- 1tbsp Soy Sauce
Cook and assemble
Cook the brown rice as directed on the packet and allow to cool.
Combine the salmon and dressing ingredients and mix well.
In a separate bowl, add the other vegetable ingredients and toss.
Place the brown rice at the bottom of the serving dish and add the vegetable ingredients. Place the salmon and left over dressing on top.