July 30, 2016

Easy Summer Salad with Grilled Vegetables

Summer Salad Vibes

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110 degree heat.

Blasting the A/C.

Carrying around bottled water like it’s your job.

These are the signs of summer.

And summer calls for something fresh.

 

Yesterday I went grocery shopping at Whole Foods and came across a cherry tomato station to hand-pick your own basket. The assortment of yellow, orange, and red was too cute not to build my own!

I knew we had leftover ears of corn from a BBQ last weekend, so the concept of the grilled summer salad was born.

A summer salad needs veggies, of course, so I grabbed a head of asparagus and a fresh, ripe avocado, as well.

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I have to be honest; I don’t ordinarily like salads (just the toppings), so I promise you that if I’m taking the time to post this, it’s good!

The recipe below is super easy. And my secret weapon is Chosen Foods cooking spray.

Each spray come in an easy-to-use bottle that is convenient, flavorful, and healthy!

I use avocado oil spray for high temperature cooking (it has a 500 degree smoke point) and olive oil for sautéing and dressing. You can visit their Store Locator here to find your closest retailer.

Chosen Foods Olive Oil and Avocado Spray

You’ll notice that this summer salad is less than 300 calories! While it is proportionately higher in carbs and fat, and lower in protein, it is the perfect combo because it will give you energy.

As long as you’re eating fibrous carbohydrates and healthy, unsaturated fats, please don’t be alarmed.

My husband is a protein-lover. So while I grilled the corn and asparagus, he added a couple of organic chicken breasts to the grill and topped his salad off with additional protein.

If you go this route, I would recommend seasoning the breasts with fresh ground pepper and a tangy marinade to compliment the veggies.

I hope you enjoy the recipe below! Let me know what you think.

Easy Summer Salad with Grilled Vegetables

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Total time: 25 minutes

Yields: 2 servings

Summer Salad

The perfect summer salad consists of grilled veggies and fresh flavor!

  • 2 cups baby kale
  • 12 spears asparagus
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 ear sweet white corn
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Mrs. Dash Fiesta Lime Seasoning, to taste
  • garlic powder, to taste
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • olive oil and vinaigrette, to taste
  1. Rinse vegetables.
  2. Remove husks from corn. Season with avocado oil, Mrs. Dash Fiesta Lime Seasoning, and garlic powder. Wrap in foil and grill 15 to 20 minutes over high heat, turning every few minutes to cook evenly. Slice corn off of the cob.
  3. Chop tough ends of asparagus spears off. Season with avocado oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Grill 5-10 minutes over high heat, turning every few minutes until fork tender.
  4. Add veggies to a bed of baby kale, topping with olive oil, vinaigrette, and dashes of salt if desired.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 266
  • Fat: 19 grams
  • Carbs: 24 grams
  • Protein: 5 grams

xoxo,

Raquel

 

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