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August 11, 2010

Hot Summer, Cool Salads!
Monday, June 28th, 2010
Is the hot weather bringing you down? Perk up with cool salads, or even a refreshing soup. They’re a great way to cool off and pack in lots of nutrients without the weighted down feeling of overeating.

Try these ideas or the recipe that follows!

Mix up basic greens by adding fruit- pears, strawberries–your choice!
Make a light favorite side salad a complete meal by adding protein. Try nuts, egg whites, or your grilled specialty- chicken, shrimp, or seared tuna to name a few.
A light, fresh dressing is best for summer – think oil and vinegar or vinaigrette. Lemon or lime juice can also add lots of tangy flavor guilt-free!
In the mood for chicken salad? Bulk up this classic by using whole wheat pasta and adding chopped celery, onions, and red grapes.
Adding basil, mint, parsley, dill, and even cilantro can have a cooling effect. While you’re at it, lay off hot spices for the summer months. Pepper, chili powder, Tabasco sauce, etc. can turn up your temperature from the inside out.
For a summer soup, puree your favorite veggies and mix with low fat plain yogurt and/or low sodium chicken stock to reach your desired consistency. Red pepper with tomato is a great flavor combo while cucumber and squash are great stand alones. Season to taste with the cool summer herbs listed above. Serve cooled for a refreshing twist on the traditional winter favorite.


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