Watermelon Salad

Here’s a delicious and refreshing recipe for the hot summer days. Best part- it’s so easy to put together!

Ingredients

1 watermelon – cut in cubes
1/2 bunch of mint
1/2 red onion- diced or sliced
2- limes
Feta cheese
Optional: salt and pepper

Method

Toss everything together and serve! Enjoy.

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Save the leftovers and it was a nice snack paired with some hummus.

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Salad Dressing

In search of the perfect (or better) salad dressing that does not consist of sugar, high calories or processed ingredients, I have found my best option. You can never go wrong with making your own. Recently, I found this glass container at a Home Goods store and was immediately excited about all the different recipes I could try. This container came with recipes printed on it and they were great options. I did some research and decided to try my own. Here I’ll leave you with two I found online.

Garlic Vinaigrette

1/2 cup raw apple cider vinegar
1-2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
3 garlic cloves, minced
generous pinch of sea salt and black pepper
2 tablespoons fresh herbs or 2 teaspoons dried (basil, oregano, chives, and thyme are all nice)
scant 1 1/2 cups extra virgin olive oil

Combine all ingredients except olive oil in a jar. Stir well with a fork.
Add olive oil, cover tightly, and shake well until combined. You can also use a blender and drizzle the oil in slowly while it is running.

Balsamic Vinaigrette

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram (or oregano)
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Combine all ingredients except olive oil in a jar. Stir well with a fork.
Add olive oil, cover tightly, and shake well until combined. You can also use a blender and drizzle the oil in slowly while it is running.

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Cole Slaw

Here’s a very simple Cole Slaw recipe that’s mayo free. Feel free to add more ingredients like raisins, chia seed or any other topping you would like. I kept it simple with what I had available at home and it still came out great. Clean and crisp salad for summer time!

Ingredients

1 head of cabbage, shredded thin
1 tart or sweet apple, peeled and julienned
1 carrot, julienned
Half a small red onion, sliced thin
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, to taste
1-2 teaspoons organic raw agave nectar, to taste
1/2 teaspoon dill
A small pinch of cumin
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

Method

Toss the shredded cabbage, apple, carrot, onion into a large bowl and stir to mix. Drizzle with the olive oil- enough to coat, but not too much.

Sprinkle with vinegar, agave nectar, dill, cumin, sea salt and pepper, to taste. Toss to coat.

Test it and add any ingredient according to taste.

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Strawberry salad

This strawberry salad is different and a great option to add to any meal. This weekend I had my Christmas dinner and gift exchange with my closest friends. I volunteered to make a salad and wanted to try something new. Knowing that some of the girls are very picky when it comes to vegetables, I knew this was going to be a challenge. Here’s what I put together for a salad.

A mix of leafy greens, sliced fresh strawberries. Some thinly sliced almonds, sliced black olives and a handfull of chopped red onions. Lots of reduced fat feta cheese gave it a nice touch. I bought two dressings: classic balsamic vinagrette and sugar free rasberry vinagrette. It was a great side to the delicious pasta we were having!