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.
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.
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