Summer Salads

Hot day? Cold Salads! Easy to make, sans lettuce and perfect for summer 🙂

Savory : Cucumber Couscous Salad

1 cup                couscous, cooked and cooled (measure 1 cup uncooked)
1 half               cucumber, shredded
1 handful        chopped Italian parsley

Toss above 3 ingredients together. Slice half an onion in long, very thin slices and let it sit for a while in a bit of oil, salt and pepper.

Sauce- olive oil, almond butter, crunchy peanut butter, lemon juice, sesame oil if you have it,  a bit of apple cider vinegar, a bit of agave syrup or honey, salt & pepper to taste. Put into a container and Shake! Toss the salad with the sauce and let sit chilled for a little bit. Add onions before you are ready to serve, and I like to top it with some pumpkin seeds!

Sweet : Carrot Walnut Apple Salad

4                         carrots, grated
1-2                      green apples, cored, cut into quarters, then thinly sliced
1/2 cup              walnuts, shelled and broken into halves or quarters
1/4-1/2 cup       dried cranberries, chopped

Sauce- Olive oil, tahini, apple cider vinegar, honey or agave syrup, nutmeg, salt to taste. Put into a container and Shake! Pour the sauce over the salad, let sit for a few minutes, and serve!

You may want to taste test the sauces, since I don’t have measurements to go by 🙂 I would do 3:1 oil to lemon in the first recipe, then a bit of apple cider vinegar, and 3:1 or 2:1 oil to vinegar in the second recipe. I find if you are adding something like tahini or almond or peanut butter, you may want a little more of the tart. Check out our previous posts on dressings if you like!

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