Blue cheese and grape salad – for better heart health

Food synergy is a theory that nutrients complement one another and can improve your health. Here, Rob Hobson creates a scrumptiously light blue cheese and grape salad with red onions.

Blue cheese and grape salad
Blue cheese and grape salad (include red onions)

Nutritionist Rob Hobson shares this recipes for blue cheese and grape salad with red onions as part of his series on the benefits of food synergy.

Helps with: Heart health, blood pressure (circulation)

Food synergy: Black grapes (catechin) + onions

Roquefort and grape salad with caramelised pecans

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • Knob of butter
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 75g pecans
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 heads of radicchio lettuce
  • 100g bag rocket
  • 50g grapes, halved
  • 140g Roquefort cheese

Blue cheese and grape salad – method

  1. Heat the butter and sugar in a small frying pan then add the pecans. Cook over a low heat for 5 minutes until the nuts are crisp. Transfer to a lined baking sheet to cool before chopping.
  2. Prepare the salad dressing by combining the balsamic and olive oil then season with salt and pepper.
  3. Place the radicchio and rocket in a bowl and add the grapes and dressing then toss to combine well.
  4. Arrange the salad onto 4 plates and top with crumbled Roquefort and pecans.

Black grapes are rich in polyphenol antioxidant catechin, which helps to prevent cardiovascular disease, cancer, and neurological disorders and in weight management.

Together, onion and grapes inhibit blood clots and boost cardiovascular health*. Studies have shown that this combination helps to improve cardiovascular protection by improving circulation.

If you enjoyed Blue cheese and grape salad – for better heart health, you’ll find more food synergy combination recipes on our Food and Drink Channel.

*https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/jmf.2013.0051

Tags: , Last modified: April 29, 2022

Written by 9:13 am Nutrition, Food & Drink

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