It’s officially summer! That means you should be spending more time outside, barefoot and dancing to live music, floating in the ocean or running like the wind in the sunshine, and less time in front of your stove cooking. I’ve chosen my top five favorite salads for summertime – perfect for picnics, BBQs, or eating directly out of the container in front of your fridge before you jet off and do something fun with your people. All five are packed to the brim with nutrients and flavor, so you don’t have to worry about eating something healthy before heading out to that outdoor concert you’re about to dance your booty off at. These salads are my personal favorites, and I truly hope that you fall in love with them as much as I already have.
This salad combines my favorite summer flavors: fresh tomatoes and fresh herbs, tossed with quinoa in an out of this world vinaigrette dressing and topped with feta (don’t worry my fellow vegans – there’s a great mock feta recipe in there, too!). So delicious.
Not only is this the prettiest rainbow colored salad that ever existed, it’s full of good stuff for you and is super quick and easy to whip up. You can throw this salad together in under 30 minutes and impress the hell out of your friends/your boo because it is stunning to look at. And it tastes even better. 😉
Um, NOMS. This salad is super easy, super quick and packed with flavor. It requires zero cooking, just can opening skills. You can eat it plain (as shown below), or cook up your favorite grain and throw it on top (farro is especially bomb, and is how I put it all together in the original recipe). The chickpeas and edamame give this salad a boost of protein, and it actually gets even better once it’s chilled overnight in the fridge.
Ok, this one might be cheating because it’s less of a salad per se and more of a bowl. However, I’ve included it on this list because of the freakin’ out of this damn world Tahini-Lemon sauce, that would basically make anything you find at the farmer’s market taste amazeballs. So, you can basically take this food equation and run with it: Grain + Protein + Veggie + Tahini-Lemon Sauce = YES YES YES YES YES. It’s really that good. In the original recipe, my bowl was composed of quinoa, lentils, broccoli and kale, but there is literally no combination that would not be stellar as SIN.
Last but not least, this Mexican-inspired quinoa and tempeh salad is a fiber and protein packed one pot meal, and can even double as a maj taco or burrito filling. It’s also the gateway dish to fall in love with Tempeh as your new fave plant protein (Shhhh, don’t tell the meat-eaters!). Light, flavorful and super healthy, this one is a serious winner.
Which one is your favorite?? Tell me all about it the comments.
PS: I had an unexpectedly great ass-kicking this morning in bootcamp and it felt SUPERB!! We were all feeling pretty lame for our normal Tuesday morning Gal Workout this morning, so we decided to head to bootcamp instead. We had a substitute instructor who lead a stellar Tabata workout. I hope you guys get a little of that Booyah feeling today, too. XOXOX.