Teaching my 6am barre classes in the dark again is a harsh reality that summer is almost over. Womp womp womp. It’s okay because, like most, I love the fall. I’m looking forward to lots of pumpkin recipes, colorful leaves, and cozy nights in. However, I’m not quite ready to turn in my watermelon for apples, bikinis for sweaters, or warm evening walks for comfy blankets quite yet! I created a recipe for a delicious, summer-packed salad to savor the remaining weeks of sunshine, iced coffee, and long days.
If you watched my recent Q&A Vlog, You know that I’m a big fan of salads with lots of flavors and textures. When deciding what ingredients to use in this summer salad I knew I wanted to fit in lots of nutrients, add some crunch, and celebrate summer produce. No one likes a boring salad! I knew I wanted to use the delicious flavor combination of antioxidant-rich strawberries, a little basil, and balsamic vinegar. I added in shredded zucchini as its one of my favorite summer squashes. For crunch, I went with fiber-filled celery, hydrating cucumber, and iron-laden roasted sunflower seeds. And, let’s be honest, no salad is complete with the creamy goodness of avocado!
Protein is so important at every meal to keep you fuller-longer and to help your active muscles repair. This salad pairs awesome with anything from salmon, to canned-tuna, to chicken breasts! If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, add in garbanzo beans – legumes and seeds make a complete protein.
Savor Summer Strawberry Salad
2 cups organic wild arugula
2 cups organic spinach
1/2 cup sliced strawberries
1/3 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped cucumber
2 tbsp unsalted sunflower seeds
1/2 avocado chopped
1/2 cup shredded zucchini
Pinch of dried basil (or a few fresh leaves if you have it!)
Pinch of oregano
1.5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Toss arugala and spinach together.
2. Top lettuce with all the other salad ingredients.
3. Blend dressing ingredients in a high-speed blender, food processor, or just shake it up. (Tip: you can make a few servings of the dressing and save in the fridge for future salads!)
4. Toss salad with dressing and serve!
Nutrition Facts for one serving with dressing: 399 calories, 25 g of fat, 17 g of carbs, 7 g of sugar, 5 g of protein
How are you savoring the last few weeks of summer? Tell me in the comment box below!
Health and happiness,