Have I told that it’s hot lately? If you happened to miss the memo here’s a resounding “I’m melting! Please help me!”
Seriously, I don’t do well in the heat and it’s been a nice toasty 105 degrees where I live the last few days so I’m really starting to feel it. The only things keeping me alive and hydrated have been peppermint hydrosol, ice cold melon, citrus infused water, cooling herbal teas, and this awesome salad that I’m about the share with you today. It’s cooling, it’s hydrating, and it’s delicious!
I hope you enjoy this quick post as I go make myself another refreshing bowl before I melt into a puddle on the floor =)
Cooling Summer Salad
This salad is really simple to make especially if you have a veggie spiralizer. Though it isn’t necessary to have one of these awesome contraptions, it does lend a nice texture to the dish that I find easier to eat during these sweltering days. There are two main kinds of spiralizers you can get, one makes an angel hair pasta type noodle and the other makes a thicker linguine type noodle. I use the angel hair version for this salad.
Here’s What You’re Gonna Need:
• 1 large English cucumber (because it has less seeds and the skin is thin and less waxy than other cucumbers)
• 1 large handful of quartered cherry or grape tomatoes
• 1 green onion thinly sliced
• ½ a ripe avocado scooped or diced
• A pinch of chopped cilantro
• 1 quarter of a lime squeezed
• An even sprinkle of garlic salt
• A pinch of sea salt if preferred
• Freshly cracked black pepper
• 1 tsp of hemp hearts
• 1 large pinch of dried dulse flakes
• A drizzle of pumpkin seed oil (or oil of your choice)
• A drizzle of balsamic vinegar
Loving Preparation- Cooling Summer Salad
• Rinse and then spiralize the English cucumber and then pat dry with a paper/kitchen towel (otherwise your salad will be swimming in cucumber juice! You really need to dry them as best you can.)
• In a large bowl, toss all of the ingredients together until well combined
[yumprint-recipe id=’31’]This salad is SO good! The cucumber is both hydrating and cooling and helps restore a sense of sanity on those hot days that pull your energy and leave you feeling exhausted. This is also the perfect salad to have when you don’t feel like eating much because your appetite is low during the summer months.
The dulse and sea salt in this recipe also help to re-mineralize your system after losing so much through perspiration so try not to skip these essential ingredients!
For more spiral salad recipes that inspired my cooling summer salad, check out the articles below:
What recipes have been keeping you sane during the summer?
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