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Easy Summer Arugula Salad

Easy Summer Arugula Salad

Course Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Author Liz Bissell

Ingredients

Salad mixture

  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 zucchini, sliced and quartered
  • 1 cucumber, sliced and quartered
  • 1-2 handfuls fresh arugula
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 handful fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 handful fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • 1 oz goat cheese

Salad Dressing

  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • Sea salt and ground pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Add the green onions, zucchini, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, and arugula in a large mixing bowl. Stir to combine.

  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, and salt and pepper. Drizzle over the salad and toss to combine.

  3. Add the basil, parsley, avocado, and goat cheese. Toss one last time. Serve with your favorite protein if desired.

Recipe Notes

This salad makes a great side dish for four people or add your favorite protein for an entrée salad for two. 

If this salad will be consumed over a couple days, I would avoid adding the avocado to the whole bowl and instead, slice up and add to salad on a daily basis to keep the avocado as fresh as possible.

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Homemade Popsicles

 

I have been wanting to make homemade popsicles for quite some time now. I finally bit the bullet and ordered the molds from Amazon. Being that this was my first time making them, this recipe is pretty easy and can be tailored to your flavor preference. These popsicles are a great healthy dessert option and will definitely cool you off in these hot summer months. They are also incredibly kid-friendly and would be a great way to get your kids in the kitchen.

Popsicle Base

Yield: 6-8 popsicles

Prep time: 15-20 minutes (depending on your additional flavorings), Freeze time: 2-3 hours

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp sunflower honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk

Directions:

Combine the yogurt, honey, vanilla, coconut milk, and your desired popsicle flavorings in the blender or Ninja and blend until smooth. Add your flavor variations as desired. Save some of the fresh fruit for each recipe and add to the popsicle molds once the liquid has been added. Fill each mold about 3/4 full and add fresh fruit as desired. See below for my variations.

Raspberry Mint

  • 1 Tbsp fresh chopped mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup fresh raspberries (use half for blending and half for color in the molds) FullSizeRender_2

Orange Dreamsicle

  • 2 Tbsp 100% orange juice or juice from 1/2 an orange
  • Orange zest from 1/2 an orange (~1 Tbsp)
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange, chopped into chunks (use half for blending and half for color in the molds) FullSizeRender_1

Chocolate Chip

  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, chopped

Kiwi Lime

  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice (juice from ~half a lime)
  • 1 Tbsp lime zest (zest from half a lime)
  • 1/4 cup fresh kiwi, peeled and sliced (use half for blending and half for color in the molds) FullSizeRender_3

Strawberry Banana

  • 3/4 banana
  • 1/4 cup fresh strawberries, sliced (use half for blending and half for color in the molds)

Once you have your molds filled with your desired flavoring, place in the freezer. After 10 minutes, insert popsicle sticks into each mold. Freeze for at least 2-3 hours.

To remove the popsicles from the molds, fill your kitchen sink with lukewarm (not hot!) water high enough to reach at least 3/4 the way up the side of the popsicle mold. Place the mold in the water for 30 seconds and then place on a kitchen towel on the counter. Remove the metal top from the mold. Wiggle the popsicle stick slightly and firmly pull up. If they are a little stubborn to come out, then place the mold back in the water for another 10 seconds (no longer!) and try again. Use 10-second intervals if the popsicles are still difficult to remove. Do not place in for longer, otherwise the tip of the popsicle will start to melt.

Once the popsicles are removed, serve immediately or place in a plastic ziplock gallon freezer bag and store in the freezer.

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Enjoy!

-EAW