Rocket and Apple Cider Vinegar Digestive Bitter Salad

Creating a digestive bitter salad with rocket and apple cider vinegar is a wonderful way to support your digestive health and you can choose this recipe for a light lunch or as a starter or side-salad to your main meal. Bitter foods, like rocket, are known to stimulate digestive enzymes and promote optimal digestion. Here's a delicious recipe for a digestive bitter salad:

Rocket and Apple Cider Vinegar Digestive Bitter Salad


For the Salad:

  • 4 cups fresh rocket, washed and dried
  • 1 cup radicchio, shredded
  • 1 medium cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, toasted
  • 1/4 cup crumbled (vegan) feta cheese (optional)

For the Dressing:

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (with the 'mother')
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Apple Cider Vinegar Dressing Recipe Tracey Warren Nutrition


  1. Prepare the Salad:
    • In a large salad bowl, combine the fresh rocket, shredded radicchio, sliced cucumber, and thinly sliced apple.
  2. Toast the Pumpkin Seeds:
    • In a dry skillet over medium heat, toast the pumpkin seeds until they become golden and fragrant. Keep an eye on them, as they can burn quickly. Set aside to cool.
  3. Make the Dressing:
    • In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, honey or maple syrup, salt, and pepper. Adjust the sweetness and acidity to your liking.
  4. Assemble the Salad:
    • Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss gently to coat the ingredients evenly.
  5. Top with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds and Feta:
    • Sprinkle the toasted pumpkin seeds over the salad for a satisfying crunch. If you like, add crumbled feta cheese for a creamy element.
  6. Serve Immediately:
    • Serve the salad immediately to maintain the crispness of the greens.

Additional Tips:

  • For an extra burst of flavor, you can add a handful of fresh herbs like mint or basil to the salad.
  • Customize the salad by incorporating other bitter greens like watercress or chicory.
  • To enhance the digestive benefits, consider incorporating a handful of soaked and chopped walnuts, which are also known for their bitter properties.

This digestive bitter salad is not only a feast for the taste buds but also a nourishing choice for your digestive system. Enjoy it as a light lunch or as a refreshing side dish with your main meal.

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