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Two salads, no lettuce. Pure yum.

Summer is for salads. Even though we here at the Honey Hive eat salads with most dinners, year-round, summer has a special hold on salads. When it’s warm and sunny, nothing satisfies like a fresh, light meal.

One thing, however, is for certain: you can’t make the same boring salad again and again and expect to enjoy it. You know the type: greens, carrots, and tomatoes. It works. But it doesn’t do anything fanciful for your mouth whatsoever. And I have a rule around here: if I’m going to eat something, I want to love every bite. Why waste calories? I mean, even veggies can taste amazing.

Hands down, my favorite: A spinach salad with fresh strawberries, avocado, and feta, tossed with a bit of balsamic plus salt and pepper. It. is. Devine. But sometimes you need to just whip something together and do something different, you know? Take these two unexpected side salads, for example. Nothing fancy, but they’re filled with nutrients and love, every bit tantalizing to the tongue!

1. Fresh roasted beets with cucumbers, avocado, and micro-greens (sprouts). Toss with balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper.

Beets and cucs

2. One of my all-time favorite salads: cherry tomatoes, petite cucumbers, avocado, finished with balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper, and a sprinkle of chia seeds, if you have them on hand.

Tomato cucumber salad

I’m such a “fuss-free” cook. I just don’t like a lot of ingredients. You don’t need a bunch of fancy items. You just need the right combo. Avocado and balsamic never hurt.

What are your favorite salads? Include links!

xo Becky Blue Eyes

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5 thoughts on “Two salads, no lettuce. Pure yum.

    1. Yes, I’ve roasted them two ways. One: peel and cut into pieces, roast at 400-degrees for about 45-55 minutes, turning a few times. Or two: wrap in tinfoil with a bit of olive oil and bake at 400-degrees for an hour. When they cool, you can slip the outside skin right off with your fingers; then chop. Both are messy, either way you do it!

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