Friday, June 2, 2017

Summer Salad

When the weather changes so do my taste buds. I swear! I go from wanting soothing soups to crunchy salads. I also love a salad on a Saturday because it's the easiest way to pack a lunch from whatever groceries are left in the fridge. (I am on the air on New Country 100.7 on the weekend and always pack my food.)

It's rare that I will follow a recipe but I thought I would share how I manage to have salad pretty much every day for lunch with minimal effort. 

Oh, I also get bored VERY easily! Here are some suggestions for the elements of a salad.  I mix it up, depending on what I have on hand. 

I start with spinach or a pre-mix of greens.  Simple spinach is my favourite because I know it's nutrient-dense.  The darker the green, the healthier it is. 

For protein I add in some beans like chickpeas, navy, pinto or black. Also, hemp hearts, edamame and lentils are packed with protein.  I've started throwing my protein into a bowl and adding some spices like dill and pepper with some fresh lemon juice to give them a zing before adding to the salad. 

Then I add in a ton of mixed veggies, again whatever is on sale or whatever is in the crisper.  Some of my favourites are cherry tomatoes, corn, peas, peppers, onion, broccoli,'s endless! I do like a variety though because it helps mix up the flavour, especially when I am having them daily. 

Other fun additions that I like are quinoa, leftover potatoes, avocado, watermelon, apple, nuts, seeds, nutritional yeast...the list is endless! 

As for dressing, I'm currently OBSESSED with this dressing from Little Creek. But usually I make my own and highly recommend you using one with little or no oil.  There are countless very easy recipes online to try. I will make a big batch and store in my fridge as you would a store bought. Salsa or hummus can also be fabulous dressings. 

I hope this gives you some inspiration.  I've become a master at randomly throwing whatever I have on hand on a plate and making a delicious salad. They are also incredibly filling which is important. 

I think the key is to buy a variety and then just go for it! 

I'd love to see your salads! 
oxox Mare

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