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Mexican salad

Brainfood: Mexican rainbow salad in a jar

Research has found that dietary nutrients are critical to the structure and function of your brain, so eating well could have a profound impact on your mental robustness. Maintaining a healthy diet packed with brain-boosting foods to support you through your day is a must, and this recipe includes a few key ingredients to do just that.

Mexican rainbow salad in a jar


Half an avocado, chopped and drizzled with lemon
1/3 cup cooked black beans
1/3 cup sweet corn
6 cherry tomatoes, halved
1/3 cup carrot, ribboned
1 handful baby spinach mixed with chopped coriander
1 small handful of smashed unflavoured tortilla chips
1 16oz mason jar/other large jar

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
2 tablespoon lime juice


  1. Put the dressing ingredients in a bowl together and whisk to combine then put aside.
  2. Wash, chop and prepare all other ingredients.
  3. Layer items in your jar so that the dry and wet ingredients stay separated until you eat.
    • Layer 1: dressing
    • Layer 2: black beans
    • Layer 3: corn
    • Layer 4: avocado
    • Layer 5: tomato
    • Layer 6: carrot
    • Layer 7: spinach and coriander
    • Layer 8: tortilla chips.
  4. Keep your salad jar upright until you are ready to serve, then turn the jar upside down on a plate, tapping the bottom to remove all the ingredients. Toss and eat.

Brain-boosting benefits

When it comes to selecting the best ingredients for your health, Samantha Dawson who completed a PhD in Deakin University’s School of Medicine promotes a whole-of-diet approach. ‘Let’s consider someone who eats a lot of processed food – consuming one serve of a “superfood” is unlikely to make a noticeable difference to their overall health.’ Instead, she suggests focussing on improving overall diet quality and fibre intake, by regularly eating plenty of fresh plant-based ingredients and cutting down on sugar and processed foods.

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