During the summer, I find myself craving fresh and cold foods more and more. Luckily, summer provides us with an abundance of fresh and green produce – fruits and veg and salad leaves! This salad is my go-to if I don’t know what to have for lunch, or if I don’t want to cook a hot dinner. It provides you with a whole range of nutrition, and it’s really easy to make. Let’s take a look:
You will need:
- 2-3 cups of salad greens (I love to use red romaine lettuce, spinach, and basil leaves)
- Salad vegetables – cucumber, tomato, celery, sweetcorn, avocado, olives, betroot, radishes, etc.
- Protein – falafel, or a veggie burger, or chickpeas/beans (generously seasoned)
- Superfoods – hemp seeds and pumpkin seeds are my favourites
- Extras – salad dressing, vegan cheese, fresh herbs
Before we do anything else, we need to thoroughly wash our produce. Washing your fruits and vegetables before eating them is extremely important as it removes any remaining soil, bugs, and pesticides from your food. You can pat down the wet produce with a clean towel or leave it to dry afterwards if you wish.
If you’re using a dressing, then tossing your salad is key! The more you toss your salad, the less dressing you have to use (meaning it lasts longer). In a large bowl, add your salad greens and vegetables along with a little bit of dressing, then toss well either with forks or spoons until really well mixed.
I like to make my salad look pretty, but if you’re not fussed, leave the mixed greens in the same bowl. Otherwise, transfer the salad to your favourite bowl or plate.
Time to choose our protein! I generally tend to go for what we have in the fridge or freezer (my favourites being falafel or quinoa burgers) but you can really customize this to whatever you have at home. I also love to mix some spices and chickpeas in a frying pan and crisp them up for a few minutes to add some heat.
Place your protein on top of your salad vegetables, and proceed to add your superfoods and extra toppings. My favourite things to add are hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, vegan cheese, and pickled vegetables.
And voila! The tastiest, simple summer salad. I eat this a lot in the summer and it tends to fill me up for the rest of the afternoon (especially on hotter days). I hope this salad provides you with crunch, and freshness.
Let me know if you give it a try! I love hearing all about what you’re making. Don’t be afraid to tag me @rhythmandgreem on Instagram if you want to share what you’ve made, and I’ll post it on my story!
I look forward to hearing from you soon!