4 Salad Recipes That Boost Senior Brain Health

By Home Care Assistance, 9:00 am on

Salads are a great way to get the necessary nutrients that help to protect the brain. Below are a few salads that dementia home caregivers in Denton can prepare for their senior loved ones.

1. ABC Salad

1 sliced medium to large ripe avocado 
1 pound of cooked, peeled and quartered or sliced beets
The sections from 1 pink grapefruit
2 tablespoons of fresh basil 

Dressing: 

2 tablespoons of lemon or lime juice
2 tablespoons of canola oil
1 tablespoon of walnut oil
1 teaspoon of ground cumin
½ teaspoon of Dijon mustard
salt and pepper to taste
Combine and whisk. 

Denton home caregivers can place the beets in the center of a plate or platter, and surround them with the avocado slices and grapefruit sections. Drizzle the dressing over the mixture and serve. 

2. Arugula, Strawberry and Prosciutto Salad

6 cups of arugula
1 ½ cups of quartered strawberries
4 slices of prosciutto, crisped and crumbled
2 ounces of crumbled feta or goat cheese
1/3 cup of chopped red onion

Dressing:

2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
1 ½ teaspoons of honey
1 tablespoon of olive oil
¼ teaspoon each of salt and pepper

Whisk dressing ingredients and combine with berries and onions. Marinate for 15 minutes. Divide greens into four bowls. Top with berries, onions and toss. Top with cheese and prosciutto. 

3. Citrus Salad

1 package of mixed greens
1 or 2 handfuls of bean sprouts
1 package or 2 cups of alfalfa sprouts
Sections of an orange and a grapefruit
½ of an onion diced
2 inches of julienned ginger
1 julienned garlic clove
olive oil

Dressing: 
Combine the juice from ½ of an orange, grapefruit and lemon or lime

In a saucepan, brown the ginger and garlic in oil. Combine the vegetables and fruit sections. Drizzle with the juices, and top with the crunchy garlic and ginger. 

4. Grain, Green and Mushroom Salad

2 pounds of shiitake mushrooms halved and broiled 
1 pound of spinach
1 ½ cups of cooked quinoa
8 ounces of crumbled feta cheese

Dressing:

½ cup of red wine vinegar
1/3 cup of olive oil 
Salt and pepper to taste
Combine and whisk. 

Put the spinach in a bowl and top with the mushrooms and quinoa. Add the dressing and toss. Top with the cheese and serve.

Help your loved one maintain a nutritious diet with aid from Home Care Assistance of Denton. Our reliable elder care in Denton, TX, encourages seniors with cognitive disorders to maintain healthy diet and exercise regimens while simultaneously helping them with everyday activities. Call 972-468-6010 today to learn more about our services and how they can help your loved one.