The artist, Ai Weiwei is a big proponent of blogging and social media because he believes it changes our perceptions of time and space. Appropriately, when I saw the sunflower seed exhibit the first connection that I made related to my new experience as a blogger. I feel as though I am one seed lying among a million others. But what I have come to learn is that while we may all be individual seeds, we are all part of a unified field. There is a fellowship between bloggers because we make up an aspect of the internet, we create it and we live in it together all while supporting each other. (A little too deep for a salad recipe you might be thinking!)
If you want to learn more about how Ai Weiwei's "Sunflower Seed" exhibit was created CLICK HERE! (I recommend watching the video, it is very moving).
My inspiration is now clear so onto the process of making the salad. Sunflower seeds are awesome in a salad, and now as I have come to discover, so are sunflower greens. (How to Grow your own Sunflower Greens) If you don't have all the ingredients that I use then improvise, be inspired and create your own version. I personally like to include all different taste sensations in my salads, so I try to incorporate things that will be sweet, sour, crunchy, watery, smooth, etc. If something looks good to you throw it in and see how it goes. Creativity is all your own and you can find inspiration anywhere!
Sunflower greens (How to grow your own)
1-2 blood oranges
1 purple carrot
raw sunflower seeds
avocado oil (or your favorite choice of oil for a salad)
rice vinegar (or your favorite choice of vinegar)
*The quantities of all the ingredients is based on your own preference and the size of the salad you want to make. It may be simple but the ingredients that you use will make all the difference.
Wash and tear the salad greens and place them on a plate. Top them with washed sunflower greens. Supreme the oranges and lay them on top of the greens. Julienne or grate the carrot and sprinkle over the top along with the raw sunflower seeds. Drizzle with oil and vinegar. It may be simple but all the different flavor types work perfectly together.