Long Weekend Menu: 3 Healthy and Delicious Summer Salad Recipes

Long Weekend Menu: 3 Healthy and Delicious Summer Salad Recipes

As Canada Day weekend approaches, it's time to plan a menu that’s as festive as it is nutritious. These three delightful summer salad recipes are perfect for celebrating with friends and family. Whether you’re hosting a barbecue or a picnic, these salads are sure to impress with their fresh ingredients and vibrant flavours. Let's dive into these healthy and delicious recipes that will make your long weekend gatherings unforgettable.

 

Asparagus Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the asparagus and blanch for 2-3 minutes until bright green and tender-crisp. Immediately transfer to an ice bath to stop the cooking process. Drain and pat dry.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, mustard, honey, salt, and pepper to make the vinaigrette.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the asparagus, cherry tomatoes, and red onion.
  4. Drizzle with the lemon vinaigrette and toss to coat.
  5. Sprinkle with crumbled feta cheese if using and serve.

Health Benefits: Asparagus is rich in vitamins A, C, and K, and is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Combined with the antioxidants in tomatoes and the healthy fats in olive oil, this salad is a nutritious and delicious choice.

 

Strawberry Chickpea Salad

Ingredients:

Dressing:

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine chickpeas, strawberries, cucumber, parsley, green onions, and pumpkin seeds.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together apple cider vinegar, olive oil, maple syrup, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  3. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss gently to combine.
  4. Serve immediately or refrigerate for later.

Health Benefits: This salad is a powerhouse of nutrients, with chickpeas providing protein and fiber, strawberries adding a boost of antioxidants and vitamin C, and pumpkin seeds offering magnesium and healthy fats.

 

Quinoa and Avocado Salad

Ingredients:

Dressing:

Instructions:

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring quinoa and water to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 15 minutes or until the quinoa is tender and water is absorbed. Remove from heat and let it cool.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, cherry tomatoes, avocado, red bell pepper, red onion, and cilantro.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, ground cumin, honey, salt, and pepper to make the dressing.
  4. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss gently to combine.
  5. Sprinkle with crumbled feta cheese if using.
  6. Serve immediately or refrigerate for later.

Health Benefits: Quinoa is a complete protein, providing all nine essential amino acids, while avocado offers healthy monounsaturated fats and a range of vitamins. This salad is a perfect blend of flavour and nutrition, ideal for supporting a healthy lifestyle.


 

Enjoy every meal this Canada Day long weekend with these healthy and delicious summer salads. They not only provide a burst of fresh flavours but also pack a punch of nutrients to keep you healthy. The ingredients have a diverse range of benefits that are sure to keep you full and energized. Enjoy these salads as part of your long weekend menu and share the joy of good food with your loved ones. Here's to a summer of delicious, wholesome food and the energy to enjoy as many fun activities in the sun as you can!

 

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