Well hey there, summer.
If you live in Ohio, you’re surely well accustomed to the drastic weather changes, severe weather alerts, and complete and utter unpredictability that this lovely state provides. So, naturally it’s no surprise that this year we went from winter to summer in approximately…. 6 days? Maybe less? Whatever. At least it’s warm. Bye bye for good Mr. Polar Vortex. With all this warm weather moving in, it’s time for fresh produce! FINALLY!!
*Happy dance break*
My mom is part of a program through OSU where we get local, farm-fresh produce delivered every other week and it’s basically the best thing ever. The first week brought some lettuce, carrots, zukes, yellow squash, cukes, lettuce, radishes, tomatoes, and rhubarb. What do you make when it’s summer, produce is fresh, and it’s hot hot hot outside?? Salad! Duh. So this post features my new favorite salad!
I got the idea for this salad on Pinterest (where else?) when looking for some detoxifying meals. It features rainbow slaw which you can either buy pre-mixed or make yourself- I’m a busy lady so you know I bought it. It’s actually quite similar to the broccoli slaw from my not-so-pasta dish! If you want to make it on your own, julienne some cauliflower hearts and carrots, thinly slice some red cabbage, and break down broccoli into tiny florets. With the fresh romaine, radishes, cukes, and carrots, I don’t feel too bad about buying this stuff pre-made!
The addition of edamame and avocado to the top of this salad are not just for the healthy detox effects! (Although they are excellent for that!) These extra delicious greens make this salad chock full of protein and healthy fats and keep me full through the entire work day. If you’ve read even one of my other posts there’s a distinct possibility I’ve mentioned my love for them so I won’t elaborate again hehe..
I use a sesame soy ginger dressing from Trader Joe’s to top off this yummy mix of veggies but feel free to use whatever you like! Make your own with a little soy, rice vinegar, sugar, garlic, ginger, and toasted sesame seeds or just be like me and keep the pantry stalked with a few bottles of this good stuff. Yeah, it has sugar and calories but as far as a salad dressing goes you could do way worse.. *cough* Ranch *cough*… Anyways, it perfectly rounds out this salad and it so yum!
Happy summer, happy life, and happy detoxing!
- 2 cups lettuce, chopped
- 1 cup rainbow salad
- 1/2 cup thin sliced carrots, cucumbers, and radishes
- 1/2 cup edamame beans, cooked and shelled
- 1/4 avocado, cubed
- 2 Tbs sesame ginger dressing, or dressing of choice
- Sesame seeds, optional
- Mix lettuce, rainbow salad, and veggies in a bowl
- Top with edamame, avocado, and sesame seeds
- Drizzle dressing over bowl and enjoy!