Beth Warren Nutrition Blog

How To Make A Summertime Salad

by Beth Warren June 1, 2020

💦REFRESH💦

That word means many things to me RN, TBH

I’m ready to go full force is with my salads.

I confess,

this veggie lover has been having a hard time getting excited over a salad 

since my baby was born.

Post partum throws your taste buds for a loop.

But I’m baacckk-

and that’s because thank the Lrd

so are flavalicious seasonal fruits and veggies.

While I whipped this up yesterday,

I thought it’s the perfect time to give you all the low down

like I do with my clients,

on how to make all these yum summa foods fit 

into a balanced salad 

that mesh amazingly in flavor too

 

  1. Protein- always, with a salad like this one, eggs, a cheese like feta, fresh mozzarella or goat, or a plant based like tempeh or tofu go really smooth in flavor.
  2. Fruits- this is the funnest part, basically anything goes in terms of flavor, pears, mangos, watermelon, cherries 👆, pineapple etc! I know it’s crazy to wrap your head around but once you do, you never look back. How to count them? Basically towards a carb. If you grill these guys, the flavor gets insane 😅
  3. Nuts/seeds- compliment the flavor real well and add texture- sunflower, pumpkin, sesame, chia, hemp or sliced almonds, cashews, or pecans 👆. You want to add a light sprinkle to balance out the fat content of a combo salad - try crushing them to boost the quantity without the added calories. Spicing these up and/or roasting brings out the flavor more! (I beg you please don’t sugar coat these, literally, you’re looking to compliment and bring out the sweet tang of the salad not drown it)
  4. Avocado- brings it together, but only a few thin slices to balance the fat
  5. A SIMPLE light vinaigrette- choose your vinegar- apple cider or red wine, have that tint of sweetness and aren’t overpowering, drizzle a drop of evoo (or I challenge you to leave it out with all the nice fats and avocado!), kosher salt, fresh ground pepper, drizzle of a sweetener - honey or agave AND THAT’S IT! Don’t overthink it- a dressing is meant to bring out the inherent flavors of the salad, not overpower them. 
  6. Beyond romaine- challenge your repertoire of greens and go for a light leaf or combo, think spinach or a spring mix- farmers markets were the best for this bc they had such nice bags of mixed greens (I miss you farmers 😭)

🙋What’s your fave summertime salad combo, I wanna hear!

Summertime Salad

A delicious light and fruity salad celebrating summer.

Ingredients

  • 1 box "spring mix"
  • 15 cherries, pitted and chopped
  • 6 pecans, chopped (toasted brings out more flavor)
  • 1 egg, soft boiled
  • 1/4 avocado, sliced

Apple Cider Vinaigrette

  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar 
  • 1 tsp agave
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

Place salad ingredients in a bowl. Whisk together the vinaigrette in a separate bowl and pour onto the salad, or drizzle on top and mix. Eat immediately! 

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