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Provided by the Florida center, U.S.A.
Almonds are an excellent source of vitamin E, and flaxseeds (Pic 1) are very high in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. During the Middle Ages, flaxseeds were commonly used in cereals and breads. Omega-3 fatty acids are increasingly being recognized as important to human health. They are a form of polyunsaturated fats, and are one of four basic types of fat that the body derives from food. They have been shown to play a part in keeping cholesterol levels low, stabilizing irregular heartbeat, and reducing blood pressure.
 
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This recipe is very fast to prepare and easy to make with a handheld blender. Within a few minutes, a delicious and healthy salad plate can be served for family of four.

  Sauce Ingredients

4 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar (or 2 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar + 2 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar)
3-5 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
6 Tablespoons water
20 almonds
3-4 teaspoons ground flaxseeds (Pic 2)
2 teaspoons sea salt
2 Tablespoons agave nectar*, sugar, maple syrup*, or other sweetener
Crushed black pepper, chopped basil and thyme to taste

 
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  Salad Ingredients (Pic 3)

1 Romaine lettuce head, washed and shredded
1 cup of cauliflower (blanched in boiling water for 2 minutes)
1 cup of cherry tomatoes
1 cup of sliced cucumber

 
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Preparation

Place all dressing ingredients except herbs in a blender and blend until smooth (Pic 4). Add herbs and mix well. Place all of the salad ingredients in a in a big bowl. Pour the dressing mixture over the salad and stir well.

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Variations and Comments

In USA and Canada, there is a little handheld blender called Magic Bullet (Pic 5) which does an excellent job of blending seeds very efficiently, especially flaxseeds. A coffee grinder or very dry blender can also be used to grind the flaxseeds.

Flaxseeds can be ground and mixed with soymilk as an good choice for a healthy life style, or sprinkled over a salad to impart an earthy, nutty flavor.

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If you use maple syrup, Grade B is healthier than the lighter Grade A. The Grade B is less processed and retains more minerals and nutrients.

Agave nectar comes from the agave or Century plant. It is very sweet like honey and breaks down in the system so slowly that it is viewed as suitable for diabetics.

1 Tablespoon flaxseed, freshly and finely ground and 3 tablespoon water can be used as an egg replacer in many recipes.

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