2 Delicious Side-Salads To Make Your BBQ pH-Balanced - Save Our Bones

Barbecue season is in full swing in the Northern Hemisphere. In backyards and parks across the land, charcoal is glowing, gas grills are flaring, and people are gathering to enjoy a meal.

But along with cookouts comes a glut of acidifying meats, so today, you'll get two alkalizing side-salad recipes that you can serve at the barbecue to balance the pH of the meal. One of them even provides a complete source of plant protein.

Two Impressively Bone-Healthy Ingredients In Today's Recipes

When you think of a barbecue, what foods do you imagine?

Most people think of hot dogs, hamburgers, mac-n-cheese, potato chips, pasta salad, potato salad, and so on. Unfortunately for our bones, most classic barbecue foods are acidifying.

At the Save Institute, we're on a mission to expand the culinary possibilities (and bone-health benefits) at every barbecue. Today's recipes feature two ingredients that could become new summertime cookout staples– with a little help from Savers worldwide.

Beets – This deep purple alkalizing root vegetable has more to offer than just a brilliant color and a sweet, earthly flavor. Beets deliver a bevvy of bone-healthy nutrients, including folate, Vitamin C, manganese, magnesium, and copper.

The compounds that give beets their unique color, also provide unique health benefits. Betaine supports bile production, which in turn facilitates digestion and nutrient absorption.1 Meanwhile, betalains support cellular detoxification.2

Butternut Squash – The second side-salad recipe you'll receive today features butternut squash. You might associate this mighty gourd with autumn, but it's typically available year-round and can provide summer dishes with a splash of color, a satisfying texture, and a burst of nutty sweetness.

Butternut squash contains a whopping nine Foundation Supplements, including high levels of manganese, iron, and Vitamin C. It also contains B Vitamins, copper, and even calcium. But when you're eating it, you'll just be thinking about what a surprisingly fantastic salad ingredient it makes!

With these two bone-building veggies added to your plate, barbecues are more colorful, more delicious, and far more bone-friendly. By balancing the acidifying foods you love with alkalizing ones, you can have your barbecue and eat it too!


Barbecues often consist of acidifying foods, so we bring you alkalizing side-dishes. The salads featured in this article contain beets and butternut squash– two veggies bursting with bone-building Foundation Supplements.

A Salad With Veggie Protein And More!

Not only does this side-salad feature the first of our colorful new barbecue staples, beets, but it also features a complete source of plant protein: quinoa.

Since not everyone eats meat, this salad can be a real meal-saver for some BBQ-goers. Quinoa is also a great source of fatty acids and fiber. And even if you're getting your protein for the day from animal sources, quinoa has important nutrients that help your body and bones stay healthy and strong.

Protein Plus Salad
2 Servings
100% Alkalizing


  • 1½ cup quinoa, cooked
  • 1½ cups sweet potatoes, cooked, peeled, and diced
  • 1½ cup beets, cooked and diced
  • 2 cups kale, finely chopped
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds


  1. Add all the ingredients to a large mixing bowl.
  2. Pour on your favorite dressing and toss everything well to combine.
  3. Sprinkle sea salt, pepper, and slivered almonds.

A Rainbow Of Colors And Flavors

This salad recipe looks and tastes so bright and summery no one will think twice about the autumnal associations of two of its most notable ingredients.

Pumpkin seeds might remind you of October, but they're just as healthy in the summer!

A quarter cup of pumpkin seeds provide over 50 percent of your daily requirement for manganese and almost 50 percent of your magnesium requirement. That makes these seeds a boon for the creation and maintenance of both bone and connective tissues like cartilage.

Colorful Melange
2 Servings
100% Alkalizing


  • 1 cup butternut squash, cooked and cubed
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1 clementine or tangerine peeled and cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 small red apple, chopped
  • ½ small red onion, chopped
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon dried tart Montmorency cherries(optional)
  • Directions

    1. Add all the ingredients to a large mixing bowl.
    2. Pour on your favorite dressing and toss everything well to combine.
    3. Sprinkle sea salt, pepper, cherries, and pumpkin seeds

What This Means To You

The Osteoporosis Reversal Program doesn't require that you deprive yourself of any of your favorite foods. It simply helps you enjoy them in healthy harmony with foods that keep your pH balanced and your bones strong.

If you'd like more bone-building recipes like the ones above, check out the Save Institute's cookbook and meal planner Bone Appétit. Bone Appétit has over 200 recipes featuring all of your favorite ingredients, including many 100% alkalizing and delicious salads, like today's recipes.

Balance the acidifying dishes at a barbecue with alkalizing ones like the salad recipes you received today. Everyone will appreciate the colorful, flavorful additions to the meal!


1 https://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/betaine-000287.htm

2 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7569795/

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Comments on this article are closed.

  1. Phyllis LeBlanc

    How do you cook the butternut squash, sweet potatoes, and beets in order to cube them?

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Phyllis, the fastest way to do that is to boil them.

  2. Elizabeth

    Hello to you all!
    Firstly, I need to inform you that all of the above-mentioned veggies have been part of my daily diet since my childhood… My wonderful mom was born in sunny Italy, thus, our daily diet consisted of fresh veggies and fresh fruit… I grew-up and became a beautiful healthy woman in every way….
    And then one day my General Practitioner referred me to a Rheumatologist regardless of the fact that the results of my bone densitometry was pretty good ! She advised me to see a Rheumatologist , I did, and this doctor destroyed my life! She prescribed Fosamax – and that is when my life became irreparable…

    My platelet count which had always been normal. 395. along with everything else… began to escalate, has now reached 1400. I was diagnosed with having E. T.
    Big Pharma beware Folks! My advice to everyone is always research a
    medication before ingesting it! Doctors are known to receive kickbacks.
    And so, money talks ! I am a victim of Fosomax, took this poison for a period of 4 months and then my Rheumatologist upon seeing my high platelet count which incidentally I had brought to her attention… took me off Fosomax and then prescribed another poison called. Prolia. I then had 2 injections 6 months apart … I ceased taking these horrible drugs alas the damage is irreparable! I suffered a fractured wrist and leg during these past 6 years . Presently, I am on 1 baby aspirin daily…. I will never trust any medication again. Big Pharma did me in !

    Thank you for reading my letter.

    E. Di B.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      And we thank you for sharing your story, Elizabeth! Stay positive and on a natural path to bone health.

  3. Donalee

    Collagen supplements
    Hello , I was wondering about taking a collagen supplement. Are they safe? Do they work? What can I take instead? I don’t eat meat or fowl ,I do eat eggs .
    Any suggestions?
    Many thanks for your time.

  4. Brigitte

    Could we use passionfruit instead of those cherries? They are not available here in Malaysia.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Yes, or you could replace the cherries with goji berries.

  5. Barbara Weikel

    I wish you would create a way to pin only the recipe. Also, maybe this would allow that we can print only the recipe. Thank you!

  6. Lorraine S

    Those salads look so good. Just curious about the kind of dressing that you think goes well with the Colorful Melange. Also, do you use pumpkin seeds in the shell or not?
    Looking forward to trying this!

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Lorraine, I’ve tried it with a honey-mustard dressing and liked it a lot. You can also use a yogurt-based ranch dressing.

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