Summer Garden Salad

Summer Garden Salad

Paleo

This salad is pretty straightforward and simple. I wanted to show you just how easy it can be to throw together a delicious, flavourful salad with easy ingredients that you probably have in your fridge, or maybe even in your garden!

Right now this produce is all in season, and as you may have heard from me before, eating in season means having produce that is more nutrious and full of flavour than its off-season counterparts.

So whether you get your ingredients out of your garden, from the farmers’ market, or the grocery store, I hope you enjoy the fresh taste of summer!

Summer Garden Salad

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Main Course, Salad
Keyword: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Paleo, Salad, Vegetarian
Servings: 2 people

Ingredients

  • 100 g Mixed Greens
  • 1 large Tomato chopped
  • 1/2 Cucumber chopped
  • 12 Raw Green Peas
  • 1 Peach halved, pit removed
  • 1 tsp Olive Oil extra virgin
  • 50 g Goat Cheese
  • 2 portions Protein of Choice salmon, grilled chicken, egg, etc.

Dressing

  • 3 tbsp Olive OIl extra virgin
  • 1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • Sea Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Cook your choice of protein. This could be done in advance or while assembling the rest of the salad. (For salmon, season with a dash of sea salt and pepper. Cook for 15 minutes in a lined baking dish in an oven pre-heated to 180C/360F.)
  • Warm a grill-pan over medium-high heat and brush with olive oil. Grill peach, cut-side down, for 3-5 minutes.
  • In a bowl or airtight jar, combine all dressing ingredients and mix (or shake) well until fully combined.
  • Assemble all salad ingredients over a bed of mixed greens. Top each with 1-2 tbsp of salad dressing. Enjoy!
Zoodle Pasta Salad

Zoodle Pasta Salad

Paleo

Pasta salads are basically the epitome of childhood summer barbecue recipes. I bet every mother had one, recipe slightly different from the rest.

As a kid, I always loved the super creamy mayonnaisey ones, but yet my mom always made a vinegrette version. I never understood it!

But now I get the vinegrette love. There is so much more flavour in there especially if you let the whole thing marinate for a couple hours.

Plus what a delicious way to pack in some extra veggies while still eating “pasta” – right?!

After making my own version for a family gathering earlier this year, I knew I had to further “Healthfully Heather” customize it. Enter – the zucchini noodles!

You don’t even need to cook them, making this way easier than your standard pasta version – no cook or cooling time needed. Yet the spiralized zoodles still give you almost the same feeling.

Make this the day before and let the flavours sink in over night, and enjoy!

Zoodle Pasta Salad

Pasta salad recipe with tomato, cucumber, and greek dressing using zucchini noodles instead of pasta.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Paleo, Salad, Side Dish, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian
Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 Zucchini
  • 1 large Tomato diced
  • 1/2 Cucumber diced
  • 2 Shallots diced

Dressing

  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1.5 tsp Oregano dried
  • 1/2 tsp Parsley dried
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • pinch Sea Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1/4 tsp Dijon mustard

Instructions

  • Peel the zucchini and cut off the ends. In order to create short noodles, like half moons, cut zucchini along the long side half-way through. Using a vegetable spiralizer with the thick noodle setting, spiralize into noodles.
  • In a large bowl, mix the zoodles, tomato, cucumber, and shallots together.
  • In a small bowl or jar, combine all dressing ingredients and mix well until fully combined.
  • Pour dressing over vegetables, mixing well until evenly distributed.
  • Serve immediately or allow to marinate in the fridge for several hours for more depth of flavour. Enjoy!

Notes

If you don't have a vegetable spiralizer, skip cutting the zucchini lengthways. Instead use your vegetable peeler to create thin ribbons.

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