Tasty Summer Salads

Summer is the perfect time to experiment with different salads thanks to the large selection of fresh, in season produce available. Summer fruits in particular are ripe, inexpensive and bursting with favor. I love salads because they make a quick and easy meal requiring little planning and preparation. On a hot summer day, a nice cool and refreshing salad sure beats cooking over a stove.

salad

Instead of your basic house salad with carrots, cucumbers and tomatoes which may become boring, try mixing it up! Fruit makes an easy sweet and tasty addition to those greens. Spinach topped with fresh berries and goat cheese is my favorite summer salad creation. Berries are packed full of fiber and antioxidants. Antioxidants can decrease the risk of many diseases. The phytochemical called anthocyanin is what gives blueberries & blackberries their dark  blue color and strawberries their red color. In addition to anthocyanin, strawberries also contain other compounds including flavonoids, ellagitannins and ellagic acid which all have anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties. Watermelon is high in carotenoid-phytochemicals. In fact, one serving of watermelon has three times the amount of lycopene than a raw tomato! Blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and watermelon are also all an EXCELLENT source of Vitamin C! 

                 

 Summer Berry Salad with Homemade Strawberry Vinaigrette Dressing

salad2

        Salad

  • 1 cup of raw spinach
  • 1/4 cup of diced watermelon
  • 1/4 cup of fresh blackberries or blueberries
  • 1/4 cup of chopped pecans
  • goat cheese

          Dressing

  • Fresh strawberries
  • Balsamic vinaigrette
  • Olive oil

To make dressing, wash and chop a handful of fresh strawberries. In a blender, combine strawberries with about 1/4 cup of balsamic vinaigrette and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add seasonings if desired.

 

hommade strawberry dressing

 

Read more about the benefits of tasty summer fruit here.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s