Fun, Fresh Fruit Salad

The warm weather is right around the corner, and there’s nothing that screams “sun and fun” to me more than a delicious fruit salad. Look tasty? It takes only minutes to make, and even the kids will dive right in with no complaints.

Fun, Fresh Fruit Salad

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 5 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

2 kiwi, peeled and cut into half-moon slices
1 cup blueberries
1 cup strawberries, sliced
1 cup raspberries
1 cup purple grapes, sliced in half
1 cup green grapes, sliced in half
1 orange

Directions:

1. Combine all of the fruit in a large serving bowl.

2. Drizzle the juice from 1 orange over top of the salad.

This two-step fruit salad is not only gorgeous to look at and super easy to prepare, it’s also full of vitamins and nutrients like dietary fiber, folate, vitamin C, manganese, and potassium. Enjoy!

Spinach and Feta Salad

spinachsaladThis is one of my all-time favourite salads, which says a lot because c’mon, it’s me. I love salads.

It only takes a few basic ingredients and literally two steps to pull this salad together, and the flavours combined here are positively divine.

Spinach and Feta Salad

  • Servings: 1
  • Time: 5 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

2 cups spinach
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 cup walnuts, crushed
1 tablespoon feta cheese, crumbled

Directions:

1. Place the spinach into a medium-sized bowl and drizzle the honey over top. This is important as the first step, because it helps the walnuts and cheese stick to the spinach so it doesn’t all fall to the bottom of your bowl.

2. Sprinkle the walnuts over top of the spinach, then the feta.

This salad is the perfect side for almost any meal, and it’s even great on its own, for a quick, healthy lunch through the day.

Fresh Chickpea Salad with Lemon and Dill

chicksThis fresh chickpea salad is so fresh and tasty, it screams summer, but is great to enjoy any time of the year.

Fresh Chickpea Salad with Lemon and Dill

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

1 cucumber, diced
2 tomatoes, chopped
4 cups chickpeas
1/2 lemon
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
3 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
1/3 cup crumbled Feta cheese

Directions:

1. Combine the cucumber, tomatoes and chickpeas (it’s easy to make them from scratch and is so worth it) together in a large bowl.

2. To prepare the dressing, in a separate small bowl, whisk together the juice of the lemon, olive oil, honey and mustard. Add the salt and pepper, and then the dill.

3. Add the dressing and Feta cheese to the chickpeas, tossing until well mixed. Cover and refrigerate for about 15 minutes before serving.

Serve it on its own or with a piece of homemade Focaccia bread with herbs.

Edamame and Avocado Salad

Summertime is all about warm weather, relaxing in the sun, and hanging out with great friends. At the end of a long day of sun and fun, you don’t really want to spend a long time cooking a piping hot meal. That’s why quick, cold summer salads are so great.

Edamame and Avocado Salad

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 10 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

2 cups edamame, cooked and shelled
1 cup green pepper, diced
1 avocado, sliced
1 lime

Directions:

1. Cook the edamame and shell it (unless you bought it pre-shelled, then you’re already good to go), dunk it in ice water for a couple minutes to cool it, then put it in a large bowl.

2. Add the feta and green pepper and mix everything together well.

3. Plate the salad, adding a few pieces of the sliced avocado over top.

4. Finish with a light squeezing of lime juice.

This simple summer salad is so delicious and nutritious, it just makes your body feel good. It doesn’t take a lot of time to do, so you can enjoy it and get back outside into the gorgeous summer weather. Add a side of homemade garlic bread or some sweet potato fries. You can also add lots of other yummy ingredients like corn, red or yellow peppers, or some zucchini for an extra bit of flavour.

If you’re a big avocado fan like myself, and you’ve got a craving for something sweet after, use the leftover avocado and a couple other basic ingredients and whip up a little plate of this yummy sweet treat.