Summertime Salad

This homegirl recipe is tasty, nutritious and super quick & easy to make. The ingredients listed below are just what I happened to have on hand but the best thing about this recipe is you can use any ingredients you want! Just stick to greens, fruit, cheese, and nuts.  This particular combo was fantastic with bitter arugula, creamy goat cheese, sweet nectarines, and crunchy almonds. Other ingredients I’ve tried include butter lettuce, kale, berries, dates, walnuts, pine nuts and raw cheddar. The dressing will go with any combo you choose, I promise!  Enjoy it for a lighter meal alone or add some grilled chicken, shrimp, or poached egg for a more complete meal!

Summertime Salad
serves 3-4

Ingredients

Salad:
4 c. arugula
2 nectarines, sliced
2 oz. goat cheese
4 T. sliced almonds

Coconut Oil Dressing:
3 T coconut oil (organic, virgin, unrefined)
1 T lemon juice
1 T cilantro, chopped
Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions:

  • Make sure your lettuce & fruit are washed and dried.
  • Chop or slice your fruit.
  • Combine salad ingredients in large bowl.
  • Combine all dressing ingredients in small mason jar or bowl and shake or whisk together.
  • Drizzle dressing on salad, toss, & enjoy!

P.S. One reason I love this salad in the summer is because coconut oil is liquid when at room temperature (doesn’t happen in the winter where I live) so the dressing is easier to make. That being said, I do kinda love putting the dressed salad in the fridge for a few minutes before eating. It makes the dressing harden and it’s kind of like a coco-nutty crunchy treat. I love it!

Health Benefits

Bitter greens stimulate your digestive system and support the liver.
Nectarines contain vitamin A & C, beta-carotene, fiber, and potassium.
Goat Cheese (pastured/grass-fed) contains omega-3 fats, calcium, & protein.
Almonds are food for your skin (biotin & Vitamin E) and heart.
Coconut oil has many benefits that support your immune system, skin, brain, and metabolism.
Lemons are alkaline in the body, contain antioxidants, vitamin C, and have antibiotic effects.
Cilantro is detoxifying, anti-inflammatory, and rich in phytonutrients.

xo
Steph

 

Source: whfoods.com

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