A Salad to Fight Inflammation and Migraines

This salad came to be on one of those nights where I had no idea what to make. It was the result of an anti-inflammatory diet I am trying due to my hormonal migraines. I will expand on this in a future post. For now, it simply serves as a backstory (and a teaser!). I came up with this concoction to maximize the anti-inflammatory properties of green veggies, beans, flax seed oil, and whole grains.

Anti-Inflammatory Salad


  • 1 c. spinach, chopped finely
  • 1 c. Brussels sprouts, chopped finely
  • 1 c. black beans
  • 1 c. cooked quinoa (I used tri-color)
  • Vinaigrette salad dressing to taste

Toss to mix and coat. That’s it. I had leftover quinoa and black beans in the fridge, so this literally took me 5 minutes to make. How’s that for a quick meal?

It is very hard to find healthy salad dressings in the store. Even the ones that say “made with olive oil” also have canola or some other kind of yuckiness mixed in. Contrary to what you may hear, canola is not good for you. I buy Homemade Dressings Italian Garden Salad Dressing Mix & Rub, 3.3 Ounce Container and follow the classic vinaigrette recipe on the back. I use flax seed oil instead of olive oil. The only store-bought dressings I have found that have The Wellness Wife ingredient approval are Bolthouse Farms Italian and Balsamic Vinaigrette, which use flax seed and olive oils.

I ate a little over half and left the rest for lunch the next day. I liked this salad so much I made it again for another lunch. Most importantly, I haven’t gotten a headache. Try this as a very fulfilling lunch or for dinner with a sweet potato on the side.

8 thoughts on “A Salad to Fight Inflammation and Migraines

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    1. Lisa Post author

      I feel for you, Blair. Check back or subscribe because I will be posting on my experiments with natural cures for hormonal migraines. So far bromelain supplements and this anti-inflammatory diet have done the trick. Nothing else ever has.

  3. Jenn

    Sounds delicious! Where do you get the Homemade Dressings Italian Garden Salad Dressing Mix & Rub, online? I’d also be interested in learning more about quinoa. I keep seeing recipes utilizing it but am not familiar with it.

    1. Lisa Post author

      Thanks, Jenn! If you click the link above for the dressing, it will take you to Amazon and you can order there. You can also order it through Vitacost and if you use my link on the sidebar you will get $10 off your first order. The mix itself is the same price at both online stores, so it’s just what your preference is. Even the organic mixes have stuff in me that doesn’t make me happy. This one is good. Quinoa is a complete whole grain and has a lot of protein, so its a go-to for vegetarians. J loves it and she can be picky. I have pinned a few recipes on my Pinterest accounts. I’ll do a whole post on it soon as one of the “Why I love” series. I get mine at Trader Joe’s. It’s significantly cheaper than at the other chain markets. If you don’t have TJ’s near you, I recommend Vitacost.

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