10 Summer Salad Ideas

10 Summer Salad Ideas

Here are 10 Summer Salad Ideas from around the web! Made with delicious summer produce like fragrant peaches, crunchy lettuce and mouth-watering watermelon, these salads will leave you feeling healthy, cool and satisfied all (or what’s left of) summer.

I refuse to accept that summer is almost over! So for the next couple of weeks, I will be living my best summer life which includes spending time by the pool with Joe and Caro and enjoying these 10 Summer Salad Ideas from some of my favorite Food Bloggers. I hope you guys enjoy them too!!  

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¡Me niego a aceptar que el verano casi ha terminado! Por lo tanto, durante las próximas semanas, viviré veraneando! Eso incluye playa, sol y piscina junto a Joe y Caro mientras disfrutamos de estas ideas de ensaladas de verano hechas por algunos de mis bloggeros favoritos.

¡Espero que ustedes también los disfruten!

CORN TOMATO AVOCADO SALAD

APPLE PECAN ARUGULA SALAD

Best Broccoli Salad

Peach, Blue Cheese, and Walnut Salad

Grilled Cobb Salad

Moroccan Style Salad with Chickpeas and Quinoa {gluten free}

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Beet Green Recipe: Easy, Delicious Pesto! (plus eliminating food waste)

Beet Green Recipe: Easy, Delicious Pesto! (plus eliminating food waste)

Beet Green Recipe: Easy, Delicious Pesto! Did you know you can save time and money by using food scraps for other, healthy recipes like pesto? Homemade pesto can be made with veggie scraps like beet greens, carrot greens, and ramps.

You can also save veggie scraps to make broth or chopped up leafy greens and sauté in a little garlic and olive oil.

But before I get into this today’s beet green recipe, allow me to geek out on food waste in the US, a topic I’ve been learning about in my nutrition course and feel is important to share.

American households throw-out about $2,000 worth of food per year? (mind blown!) Most of us don’t realize how much food we throw away every day — from uneaten leftovers to spoiled or unused produce, so much food goes to waste.

Tips for Reducing or Eliminating Food Waste

Fortunately, there are many things we can do at home to reduce or eliminate food waste. Here are some tips:

Green juice, veggie broth and herb cubes can be made from veggie scraps. After you strip the leaves off of dark leafy greens like kale, Swiss chard or collards, use the stems for cooking or juice them.

Sometimes we can’t get through a bunch of parsley or cilantro. Finely chop your herbs, place them in an ice cube tray, pour olive oil over the top and freeze. So simple and easy!

Or Make Almond Pulp Crackers and No-Bake Almond Pulp Energy Bites with left over pulp used to make  almond milk . I’m going to try this next and report back to you

Ok, now the good stuff! I don’t know about you Joe and I LOVE.PESTO and most veggie tops like carrot tops, ramps and beet greens make the most delicious pesto! Plus it’s easy to make and stores well in the Fridge.

We are loving beet green pesto these days, maybe it’s because I buy beets often so the tops are always around. Either way, it’s delicious and simple to make!

Joe loves to dip radishes in beet green pesto. I like to spread it over crackers and also add it to my pasta.

Bonus: beet greens are loaded with antioxidants and are high in vitamins and minerals.

This beet green recipe is for pesto but beet greens are also delicious when sautéed. Tip: you can blanch beet greens to remove some of the bitterness but I don’t consider beet greens to be all that bitter and often skip this step.

I hope you enjoy the recipe and hope this blog post encourages you to eliminate food waste by using more of your veggies + healthy food scraps you would otherwise throw-out! Every little bit helps!  

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday weekend! Caro and I are off to Puerto Rico for a short trip! Looking forward to warner weather and a short digital detox (more on this soon).

Till next time, friends!  

Ingredients

4 cups of beet greens, stems removed

1/2 cup of pine nuts (walnuts or some of other but can also work)

3 tablespoons of parmesan cheese (or nutritional yeast for a dairy-free version) 

3 cloves of garlic

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/4 teaspoon of fresh black pepper

1/4 cup of avocado oil (olive oil works too)

Instructions

1. In a food processor, combine all of the ingredients minus the olive oil. Begin to blend while slowly adding in the olive oil until the mixture is fully blended and the olive oil is fully added.

2. Serve over toast, mixed in with pasta, as a dip for chips, and ENJOY!!

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Beet Green Recipe: Easy, Delicious Pesto!
This beet green recipe is for pesto but beet greens are also delicious when sautéed. Tip: you can blanch beet greens to remove some of the bitterness but I don’t consider beet greens to be all that bitter and often skip this step.
Servings
Ingredients
  • 4 Cups Beet Greens Stems Removed
  • 2 Cups Pine Nuts Can be substituted with Walnuts
  • 3 Tbsp Parmesan cheese (or nutritional yeast for a dairy-free version)
  • 3 Cloves garlic
  • 1/2 Tsp salt
  • 1/4 Tsp Fresh Black Pepper
  • 1/4 Cup avocado oil Can be substituted with Olive Oil
Servings
Ingredients
  • 4 Cups Beet Greens Stems Removed
  • 2 Cups Pine Nuts Can be substituted with Walnuts
  • 3 Tbsp Parmesan cheese (or nutritional yeast for a dairy-free version)
  • 3 Cloves garlic
  • 1/2 Tsp salt
  • 1/4 Tsp Fresh Black Pepper
  • 1/4 Cup avocado oil Can be substituted with Olive Oil
Instructions
  1. In a food processor, combine all of the ingredients minus the olive oil. Begin to blend while slowly adding in the olive oil until the mixture is fully blended and the olive oil is fully added.
  2. Serve over toast, mixed in with pasta, as a dip for chips, and ENJOY!!

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