Refreshing Summer Superfood Salads

There is no doubt about it; our Christmas Day here in Brisbane is usually a very hot one. There is nothing worse than spending your day slaving over a hot stove. There is no need for heavy hot dishes, make it simple and try a refreshing summer salad. When it’s hot outside the last thing I want to do is turn the oven on and put on a roast. To me, summer is about simple salads as side dishes (or even the main attraction). Most salads require little to no cooking – though if it does call for cooking it can be done well ahead and when it’s much cooler. The range of fresh produce available is great at this time of year, and the prices are generally low because the quantity is usually at its highest.

Here are some of my tips for Refreshing Summer Salads and Links to some of the best salad recipes for this summer.

  • When shopping for fresh ingredients check out what’s on sale and what looks best. Most salad recipes can be modified to use different ingredients. Don’t be afraid to mix and match ingredients.
  • Consider blanching raw veggies for 30 seconds – 1 minute before adding to the salad. This can include anything from carrots to broccoli, the veggies are still crisp, but have more colour and moisture. Make sure to place the blanched veggies in ice water straight away to stop the cooking process.
  • I’m not the best at presentation (as you may have seen), if you’re like me consider this: mix your salad in a bowl and then transfer it to a serving bowl. This gives you room to mix the salad, be a little messy, but have good presentation.
  • Simple salads are great, but next time try garnish it to make is a little special. Consider some paprika, chopped parsley, chives or other fresh herbs, diced red onion, olives, toasted nuts etc.
  • Add texture and crunch to your salad with sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, or dehydrated onions. Keep these ingredients crunchy by adding them just before you serve the salad.

These hints & tips are great for this festive season, many of the tips help incorporate superfoods. I’ve heard the term tossed around quite a bit lately, but do you know what it means?

Superfoods are those everyday, or quite exotic, fresh foods that are chock full of antioxidants. That means that they supercharge the body’s immunity. Superfoods are the ingredients that give you the healthiest bang for your bite, plus they taste great! Here are some superfoods great for crunch, flavour or just to add to a salad.

  • Almonds
  • Avocado
  • Beetroot
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Kale
  • Cayenne
  • Cinnamon
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Incaberries
  • Nuts & Seeds
  • Oregano
  • Quinoa
  • Salmon
  • Sesame seeds
  • Spinach
  • Turmeric
  • Walnuts

Now that you have all the hints & tips to make healthy superfood summer salads here are some I think are great..

Pomegranate, Beetroot & Feta Salad 

Kale Salad

 


Eat Healthy, Live Happy, Get Fit

xo j xo