When the temperatures are rising and the sweat is dripping, the last thing I want to do is spend hours in the kitchen next to a hot stove. That is why I love to make fresh and healthy salads in summer. A nice salad is not only appetizing, it is quick and easy to make, and it is also very good for you!
My favorite summer salad
You already know that I try to include more vegetarian recipes in my diet, and this salad with greek flavors is no exception. I decided to make this for lunch yesterday, and I need to share this with you! It was so tasty that I could almost not believe that it was also very healthy.
Pick your favorite leafy greens, or do like me and use fresh baby spinach. This is the base of the masterpiece. Then cut the mini tomatoes in half and slice up a deliciously ripe avocado. This will, along with the goat cheese, give the dish a nice and creamy texture. Don’t forget the olives! Authentic Kalamata olives from Greece are best, but normal ones that you can find in your local supermarket will also work of course. The star of the show is surprisingly the dressing, this is the secret weapon! You don’t need any special ingredients though, sometimes simplicity is best. Take a nice olive oil and mix in some lemon juice, salt and pepper. That’s it! Drizzle it generously over the salad right before serving. I recommend serving this salad with warm toasted rye bread with fresh butter.
All that good stuff
I like to include some fresh fruits and vegetables in my meals every day. If I don’t do that I feel sluggish and tired. The recipe I just shared with you is packed with vitamins and nutrients that your body will thank you for.
Spinach will give you plenty of vitamin A, C and K, in addition to magnesium and iron. The avocado is a great source of healthy fats that are good for your heart. Did you know that it is one of the fattiest foods from the plant universe? Protein is also very important, it is what the building blocks for our muscles are made of. The goat cheese provides 22 grams of protein per 100 grams, making it a great choice for salad topping.
Don‘t forget to hydrate
In summer we are naturally more active than in winter. The sun and warm weather make it pleasant to be outside! When we are busy it is extra easy to forget to drink enough fluid. I remember reading that we should drink at least 2 liters per day, and even more when we are active. Drinking plain water is not always that appetizing, so I have some great tips for you on how you can make your drinks a little more exciting while staying hydrated.
I like to slice up some cucumber and lemon wedges, and leave it in a bottle of water in the fridge overnight. When you wake up the next morning you can start your day with a refreshing infusion that is both healthy and flavorful. Another trick is to freeze raspberries in an ice cube tray to get cute ice cubes with a pop of color that will look great in a summer drink.
I hope I have inspired you to try a new recipe for a fresh, healthy salad. I definitely recommend checking out Food Network’s website, they have so many delicious alternatives to pick from. They have an entire section of vegetarian recipes if that’s your jam, or check out one of their recipes for a juicy roasted chicken.