Simple Summer Garden Salad

When it’s hot outside, the last thing you want to do is spend hours in the kitchen. One of our favorite no-fuss, no-cook, simple recipes if for a delicious, nutritious, and refreshing salad that uses only 4 ingredients. It couldn’t be any easier and it uses ingredients you probably already have in your fridge. You can enjoy this salad as part of a meal or add some clean protein (black beans, tofu, shrimp, salmon, shredded chicken breast) to make it a complete meal.

Body Benefit:

tomatoes – lycopene-rich tomatoes happen to be in peak-season right now and can help reduce your risk of heart disease as well as prostate cancer for the men in your life.

avocado – a great source of anti-inflammatory and heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids, fiber, and belly-bloat-fighting potassium

cucumber – a good source of cancer-fighting and heart disease-reducing lignans as well as vitamin K and potassium. Even better, they are so low in calories that you can eat a whole cup of cucumbers for only 15 calories!

vinegar – the acid in vinegar helps your body absorb nutrients from food, such as calcium and iron.

SIMPLE SUMMER GARDEN SALAD

  • 2 Persian cucumbers or 1/2 hot house cucumber
  • 1/4 cup peach-mango salsa
  • 1 tbs. light seasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 tbs. mashed avocado

1. Wash the cucumber and shred it with a box grater. If you are lucky enough to have this cool gadget which quickly juliennes your veggies (mine is by OXO), you will get a great result.

Great tool to make julienned vegetables
julienned cucumbers

 2. Add the rice vinegar, salsa, and mashed avocado to the cucumbers and stir to mix well.

simple ingredients for a simple salad

3. You can add black beans, brown rice, quinoa, cooked shrimp, salmon, tofu, or enjoy with some corn tortillas to make a more complete meal. Enjoy!

 

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