Summer heat can zip you off energy quickly, leaving you feeling exhausted. Salads are a great way to refuel your body with nutrient-rich veggies. Use fresh produce to whip up healthy and wholesome salads that can serve as appetizers or entrees. Crisp and flavorful, fresh salads give your meals a refreshing punch. Enjoy a made from scratch meal in Alpharetta, GA, at your favorite restaurant; remember to ask your server for summer special salads. Keep reading to discover hearty salad recipes that feature seasonal produce.
Cucumber and Tomato Salad
This light and refreshing salad uses classic summer produce like cucumbers and tomatoes, with a hint of heat from fresh jalapenos. De-seed mini cucumbers and dice them, add sliced cherry tomatoes, and mix well. To make the dressing, add a 1/4th cup fresh lemon juice in a bowl, add salt, red pepper flakes, a generous swirl of olive oil, and finely chopped de-seeded jalapeno pepper. Give everything a good mix and pour over the veggies. Top with finely chopped fresh cilantro and crumbled feta cheese before serving.
Roasted Chickpeas and Spiralized Veggie Salad
This vegan salad recipe is loaded with plant-based protein and fiber. Roasted chickpeas add the perfect touch of crunch and contrasting texture to the spiralized veggies. Begin by roasting one can of garbanzo beans in a pre-heated oven. Sprinkle about a spoon of olive oil and sea salt on the garbanzo beans before placing them in the oven. Ensure you lay out the beans evenly on a tray lined with parchment paper before it goes into the oven. Bake at 400 F for 30 minutes until the chickpeas acquire a nice golden color on the outside. If you require the chickpeas to become super crunchy, roast for an additional 10 minutes; keep checking to ensure they don’t burn.
To prepare the salad, in a large mixing bowl take spiralized veggies of your choice. Zucchini, summer squash, carrots, cucumber will all work. Blend ½ avocado, 1/4th cup plain Greek yoghurt, salt, pepper, fresh lemon juice, 1/4th cup olive oil, fresh parsley, and a clove of garlic to make the creamy dressing for this salad. Toss the spiralized veggies with the dressing to coat everything evenly. Top with roasted chickpeas, croutons, or chopped nuts of your choice.
Summer salads cleanse your palate, and are a rich source of antioxidants and raw digestive enzymes. A made from scratch meal in Alpharetta GA is the best way to eat healthy and delicious food. Dine at your favorite neighborhood restaurant to savor delicious, home-style dishes.