Why is it that in the summer we naturally crave more fresh and raw foods? These foods have a cooling effect on the body. The lightness and high water, fiber and vitamin content work together to act as our internal air conditioning during these warm months. At this time of year we also need less dense, high-energy food because we get so much energy from being outside in the fresh air and sunshine.
There is no better season than summer to have fun creating your own fresh, tasty, creative salad combinations. By simply tossing together several of your favorite raw veggies, naked or with a light dressing, you have a perfect meal for a hot summer’s day.
Read on for salad tips and recipes!
For a quick and easy salad:
·Start with a base of leafy lettuce (for even more nutrients, add some baby kale, chard, or beet greens)
·Add various sliced, diced or grated veggies. Carrot, cucumber, radish, beet, celery, sweet corn make great additions and the combinations are endless.
·Power it up with protein - choose nuts (cashews, pecans, and pistachios are great), seeds (I really love sunflower seeds for a nice crunch), beans (black, white, red, or garbanzo work well), or cubed tofu.
·Fresh herbs are a wonderful option to mix in, as they are packed full of flavor.
·Always craving dessert after lunch? Instead of reaching for cookies, add dried or fresh fruit to add a sweet taste to your salad - fresh blueberries and raspberries add complexity and lightness.
·Pick up a fresh dressing at your local health food store, or mix up something easy, like lemon juice, black pepper and olive oil.
Here are some of my favorite combinations:
What is your favorite salad recipe?