One of the benefits of the Summer heat is that heavy fattening meals aren't always as appetizing. We crave lighter, simpler foods that won't weigh us down, such as a salad. Salads can get boring after a while, that's why you have to mix it up! The salad below is a roasted butternut squash salad, if you don't want to turn your oven on because it's that hot out then you can always roast your butternut squash on the grill. This makes for easy clean up and keeps your house from getting over heated with the oven on. To finish off the light salad, we tend to crave cold treats in the Summer and a frozen slushy always hits the spot. The watermelon slushy recipe below is fresh, and free of added syrups, flavorings, and dyes. It is so simple you will want to blend it up daily and enjoy!
Servings: 4 people INGREDIENTS • 1 medium avocado • 2 tablespoons olive oil • 1/2 serrano pepper seeded and roughly chopped • 1 clove garlic peeled and roughly chopped • 2 Green Onions roughly chopped • 1/2 cup cilantro • 1/2 cup almond milk • 2 limes juiced • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt • 1 head butter lettuce also known as bibb lettuce • 3 cups butternut squash chopped into ½ inch chunks • 2 tablespoons olive oil • 4 strawberries sliced • cup ¼ feta cheese(optional) • cup ¼ pumpkin seeds • cilantro and sliced serrano peppers for garnish • sea salt and freshly ground pepper
1. Put avocado, milk, peppers, garlic, green onions, lime juice, cilantro, sea salt, pepper, and 1 tablesppon of olive oil in a blender and blend until smooth. Add more almond milk it you like a thinner dressing. Add more salt to taste. 2. Place butternut squash on a foil lined baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, toss to coat and season with salt and fresh ground pepper. Place in a 450 degrees F oven and roast for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and allow to cool. 3. For individual salad plates, layer a few leaves of butter lettuce with some of the butternut squash, a few strawberry slices, some feta cheese, sunflower seeds and cilantro and sliced serranos if desired. Top with a few tablespoons of the spicy avocado dressing and more salt and pepper if desired.
Recipe Adapted From: http://delectablesalads.com/recipe/butternut-squash-butter-lettuce-salad-with-spicy-avocado-dressing/
3 cups of sweet watermelon, de-seeded 1 lime 1 cup of ice
1 T of stevia or agave syrup (optional) 1 T of water (optional) Blend up and enjoy!
Recipe Adapted From: http://sayyes.com/2012/08/homemade-watermelon-slush.html