July 28, 2014

Salad Supper

Summer is the time to enjoy creative combinations of fruits and vegetables with tangy dressings.
Try these for your next dinner party, picnic, or potluck.

Peachy Green Bean Salad

You will need:
3 tablespoons best olive oil
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon each: salt and freshly ground black pepper1 pound ripe peaches, sliced
1 handful lemon balm,  finely chopped
2 pounds green beans, ends snipped
1/2 cup almonds, chopped

Whisk oil vinegar, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.
Slice, pit and add peaches. Mix well and set aside.
Bring a saucepan of salted water to a boil.
Add beans and cook until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. 
Add to peach mixture. Toss to combine.
Add almonds, toss one more time, and serve!

GET CREATIVE: Enjoy with white bean, garlic and parsley salad.

Tomato Sweet Potato Salad

You will need:
3 large sweet potatoes, chopped into cubes
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon each: coriander and salt
1 inch fresh ginger root, minced
2 handfuls cilantro, chopped
¼ cup fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon raw honey
3 small tomatoes, chopped

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Place sweet potatoes on a baking sheet with oil, coriander and salt.
Bake for 45 minutes.
Whisk ginger, cilantro, lime and honey in a large bowl. 
Add potatoes and tomatoes.
Toss to combine and serve warm.

GET CREATIVE: Sprinkle goat cheese over the top. Roll the salad into wraps and slice length-wise into bite-sized pieces.

Lentil Beet Salad

You will need:
1 pound red and /or golden beets, chopped
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt2 cups indigo or green lentils, soaked for 3 or 4 hours
2 tablespoons brown mustard

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 red apple, chopped into cubes
2 tablespoons honey
2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Place beets on a baking sheet with oil and salt.
Roast for 1 hour or until fork-tender.

Bring soaked lentils and 4 cups of water to a boil.
Reduce heat to simmer and cook, covered, about 45 minutes. 
Drain, discarding liquid, and rinse through a fine-mesh colander.
Place in a large bowl and toss with mustard, oil, vinegar, apple, honey and garlic.
Add beets, toss once more, and enjoy!

GET CREATIVE: puree the whole salad and shape it into burgers. Bake at 375 for 10 minutes on each side and enjoy with green salad and toasted sourdough bread drizzled with olive oil.

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