Oh I absolutely love summer (even though moving to Florida every day is practically summer!). The clear blue skies and that beautiful sun shining down as we sit at the picnic table eating our favorite salad and sipping a delicious sweet tea watching the kids play…that right there is my favorite part of the summer. With all the barbecues and picnics you’ll be attending the next few months these salads are perfect for any occasion. Not only are they absolutely delicious but they are incredibly simple to make and great for your skin! I have personally made these myself and have had rave reviews from friends and family, so enjoy!
Blueberry, Watermelon, Feta, Mint Salad Serves 6-8.
2 oz. olive oil
1 oz. balsamic vinegar
½ tsp salt
½ tsp ground black pepper
¼ cup finely diced red
onion 8 cups of diced watermelon
2 cups fresh blueberries
¼ cup fresh chopped mint leaves
½ cup crumbled feta cheese
*If you’re planning on serving at a later time keep the watermelon separate due to the fact it will water the salad down if left too long sitting.
Strawberry, Avocado, Spinach Salad Serves 4-6.
6 cups baby spinach
1 pint fresh strawberries sliced
1 avocado peeled and diced (I love avocado so I use 2)
4 ounces gorgonzola cheese
¼ cup sliced almonds
Add your favorite poppy seed dressing
Tomato, Arugula, Avocado Salad 2 servings.
1 cup arugula
1 avocado peeled and sliced
5 basil leaves
1 small green pepper
2 tomatoes chopped 1
tsp lemon juice (I like fresh)
1 tbsp roasted sesame seeds 1 tbsp olive oil Salt and Pepper season to taste
Watermelon Salad Serves 8.
10 cups cubed watermelon chilled
1 cup fresh minced mint leaves
1 cup sliced radish
2 tbsp lime juice
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 cups diced cucumbers
¼ tsp salt
4 cups arugula
*Make sure to serve chilled
Summer Berry Spinach Salad Serves 4-6
10 ounces baby spinach
1 cup blueberries
½ dried cherries
3 cups whole strawberries
½ cup pecans Finish off with strawberry vinaigrette
Not interested in a certain ingredient or want to add a little more to your salad? Personalize your salad with some of our favorite ingredients and switch it up a bit…
WILD SALMON The fatty omega 3 acids provide some protection against high blood pressure, heart disease and helps fight inflammation.
CHICKEN BREAST A protein that is not only low-fat but helps you stay in shape. It may not be a cure for wrinkles but it does help maintain and build muscle mass which is great especially for the muscle that is loss in the aging process. Risks of weakness, fractures and falls are raised with the loss of muscle mass.
AHI TUNA Another delicious fish like salmon that is packed with omega 3 fatty acids that help keep your skin supple and moisturized.
CARROTS Repairs skin tissue while fighting wrinkles and pigmentation with vitamin A.
SPINACH This superfood provides you with vitamins B,C,E as well as omega 3 fatty acids, iron and calcium.
TOMATOES Protecting skin cells tomatoes have high lycopene that also helps in strengthening collagen.
AVOCADO A popular favorite that you find everywhere the omega fatty acids help slow down aging as well as hydrates the skin.
STRAWBERRIES This healthy snack is delicious thrown into a salad with its vitamin C and flavonoids it also helps in reducing the risk of skin cancer.
WATERMELON A favorite for the summer, watermelon is packed with lycopene and hydration while allowing some protection from the sun’s UV rays.
BLUEBERRIES Filled with vitamin C and powerful antioxidants that work to protect the skin from awful free radicals while helping keep your skin firm. My favorite ‘Top Crop’ blueberries are always in our home
BELL PEPPERS Increasing the collagen isn’t the only benefit of eating this vegetable. It has 100% of your vitamin C and vitamin B6 helping increase circulation to the skin and while helping prevent wrinkles.
CRANBERRIES Acting as an exfoliant, this antioxidant’s acid helps in keeping your skin soft and moisturized. Vitamins C and A also help in the production of collagen while fighting free radicals that cause damage to your skin.
WALNUTS Is packed with good fats that soothe and moisturizes the skin helping in reducing skin inflammation and lowers the chances of having breakouts. Another benefit is walnuts are great at strengthening skin cells that have been damaged and it helps in the fight against harmful UVs.
Our skin is the largest organ which means by feeding our body with all the vitamins and nutrients we’re taking the recommended steps to healthier skin. Taking these steps can be as easy as creating deliciously clean meals to eat daily (or at least as often as you can). Adding ingredients with antioxidants, omega fatty acids and other various nutrients can help in giving your summer skin a beautiful healthy glow with protection from UV rays all while helping reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Head over to your local farmer’s market and have fun planning out your summer salads for that bright, healthy skin!
What’s your favorite healthy food you can’t get enough of all summer?