Summer is almost here, which means long days, mild evenings, swim parties, fireworks, beach trips, and delicious, fresh food. Burgers, brats, and hot dogs have their place, but you’re selling yourself short on the summertime experience if you don’t make room for some fresh, local produce.
Thanks to the unlimited wealth of internet food blogs, you can easily find a recipe for just about any combination of ingredients (within reason) just by typing them into your browser’s search bar. So don’t be afraid to try something you’ve never heard of. Broaden your horizons and find out what it’s like to see summer’s fruits and veggies in a new light. You might be surprised by what you find. Here are two great, healthy summer salad recipes you might enjoy:
Cucumber quinoa salad from Gimme Some Oven
Fresh Corn Tomato Salad from Food Network
Your plate doesn’t have to be the only place where fresh produce gets to shine, though. Instead of reaching for a sugary smoothie or sweetened iced tea this summer, why not make up your own refreshing, healthier beverage that really lets fresh fruit take center stage? Here are two great ideas:
Mojito Mocktail from Sustainable Cooks
Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade from Ahead of Thyme
Feel free to put your own spin on these recipes. If you don’t have one of the ingredients, think outside the box and substitute it with something similar. You might end up creating a new favorite!
Summer is a great time to make memories with loved ones, and one of the best places to do that is around a shared table. Take this opportunity to get creative and integrate some new, fresh, and healthy ingredients into your diet!