A summer salad is just what is best for a hot day. Who feels like cooking dinner on a hot summer day? Not me! Let’s keep cool!
Making a salad for dinner is simple. This summer salad doesn’t require any cooking and only takes 10 minutes to prepare. I enjoy sitting on my shaded deck, eating a whole meal in one bowl!
Cooling Summer Dinner Salad
This easy to make summer salad is very filling to be a complete meal. The best meal to fill you up with protein is for dinner and this salad has plenty of protein from almonds, pumpkin seeds, and tahini. The ingredients are also detoxing because the proteins are vegan and easy to digest, and it doesn’t combine proteins and starches, also making for easy digestion.
This is a summer salad that you can double or triple the recipe so you can have it the next day. When you make a large amount, don’t put in the cucumber until you are ready to serve it.
There are so many Powerfoods in this salad; you will discover their health benefits by following the links.
Carrots – Forget about Vitamin A pills. With this orange crunchy superfood, you get Vitamin A and a host of other powerful health benefits including beautiful skin, cancer prevention, and anti-aging.
Celery is a negative calorie food, meaning it takes the body more calories to digest it than the food itself contains making it a very good food for weight loss. One stalk of celery has only a few calories because it is full of healthy cellulose. It is 95% water, very alkaline, and filled with fiber. Its weight loss benefits are well known but you would be surprised at its other amazing properties.
Spinach was a superfood even before there was the term superfood. I’m referring of course to Popeye the Sailor Man . One can of the green stuff and he turned into muscle popping tornado of energy. Even without Popeye’s recommendation, spinach contains more nutrients per calorie than any other food on the earth. It is loaded with vitamins like A, K, D, and E and a host of trace minerals and is a good source of omega 3 fatty acid.
Pumpkin seeds are so good that I add them to many of my meals. The bonus nutrient value is that they are the only seed that is alkaline-forming.
Almonds – Almonds are very tasty and so beneficial for our health. They are my favourite nut; most mornings I add 7 to 10 almonds to my breakfast.
Cucumbers are the perfect summer veggie that keeps your body hydrated, strong, and happy. They hydrate your body and help to flush out toxins. They are good for treating high blood pressure and for weight loss and may help fight cancer and reduce the risk of heart disease. They are highly alkaline-forming and may help reduce cholesterol and help with diabetes.
A sprig of delicious dill adds a unique flavor to your food making it extra tasty. Dill’s name comes from the Norwegian word ‘dilla,’ meaning to soothe. It has been valued for its many health benefits as early as 1500 B.C. In ancient Egyptian papyrus manuscripts, it was documented as a remedy to soothe flatulence, relieve pain, and act as a laxative and a diuretic.
Time to make my cool summer salad!
Cool Summer Salad
- 4 inches cucumber
- 1 stock celery
- 1 carrot
- 1 handful spinach
- 2 handfuls leafy lettuce
- 1 handful dill fresh
- 5-7 almonds
- 2 Tbsp pumpkin seeds
- Soak the almonds and pumpkin seeds overnight. (read directions
- Grate the carrot.
- Grate the carrot.
- Mix all of the vegetables with nuts and seeds.
- Serve with Creamy Tahini Salad Dressing.
Serve my cool summer salad with Creamy Tahini Salad Dressing.
Note: This recipe is often recommended in our Seasonal Diets and Detoxes due to its high protein and great taste.
Now that you have tried my cool summer salad recipe, check out more of my favorite salads below.
More of my Favorite Salad Recipes:
Quinoa Arugula Salad: This salad is yummy and nourishing for the summer and s full of good protein from the quinoa and the pumpkin seeds.
Tempeh Salad with Beets and Sprouts for Dinner – This is a simple tempeh salad recipe that is easy to make. It is full of nutrients from the beets, carrots and sprouts, pumpkin seeds, and lots of protein from the tempeh which are all tasty superfoods. What makes it extra tasty is the marinated crispy tempeh. The red sweet beets add a very tasty flavor. If you are very busy and just want a quick meal then simple tempeh will work too.
Asparagus Tomato Salad: A simple luxurious salad which was enjoyed by many the first time I created the recipe, so I keep serving it.
Shiitake Mushroom Salad with Walnuts is Very Tasty – This shiitake mushroom salad is extra delicious with the addition of walnuts. Yum! All the ingredients in this salad are healthy and so it is very good for you. A salad a day is always a good idea as it is a great way to get more vegetables into our diet.
Delightfully Delicious Wild Rice Salad– This wild rice salad is delicious, nourishing and filling. It has tasty colorful vegetables in it to give the wild rice a good contrast and is a crunchy salad for lunch or dinner. A very good thing about this salad is it is a whole meal in a bowl which means there are not lots of dishes to wash after eating this delicious meal. Also, I love wild rice!
Powerful Anti-Inflammatory Salad – This anti-inflammatory salad is very nutritious with 4 of the 12 Top Anti-Inflammatory Foods. It is an easy salad to make and eat all of it in one sitting. Put it in a big bowl and just eat it. I do that all of the time.
Tasty Olive Salad Appetizer for Your Meals and Parties – I created this yummy olive salad appetizer recipe just this week and it truly was tasty. I love the colorful salad it became with the addition of the red peppers and green chives. Food needs to have a range of colors to be tasty. Also. this is a healthy olive salad that is great as an appetizer or a side for your meal. It is even great for a party.
Read: 8 Foods and Spices to Keep You Cool – With the hot heat of summer we can easily become dehydrated, overheated and fatigued. Here are a few foods and spices to beat the heat.