In the summer, I love to invent the yummiest healthy salads!
I’ve been creating healthy salad recipes for about three years now because of course, I can’t get enough of their freshness, but mostly as a result of bad stomachaches I got from eating heavy foods such as pasta, cheese, bread and meat. Before I changed my diet, I felt bloated after most meals and got cramps very often. When I changed what I ate, the stomachaches magically disappeared, which changed my relationship with food and made me love it even more!
While I still indulge in sweet treats, have a good steak at my parents’ house on Sunday nights and eat pasta, bread and cheese at the restaurant, I always balance those heavier meals with healthy soups and salads and nutty snacks at home. I now find myself craving plant-based proteins such as lentils, beans, nuts, quinoa, you name it!
Since summertime is perfect salad time (hello easy picnic option!), I thought I’d share with you 3 of my salad inventions over the next few weeks. This first one is so fresh because of all the veggies, yet comforting because of the feta cheese. The Pearl Harvest Couscous is also so delicious and so chewy! It is a mix of Israeli Couscous (that I can’t get enough of!), Italian Orzo Pasta, Baby Garbanzo Beans, and Red Quinoa.
Vegetables and Feta Cheese Couscous Salad
– 1 ¼ cup of Pearl Harvest Couscous (if you don’t have it, cook 1/4 cup of quinoa and 1 cup of Israeli Couscous)
– 4 carrots
– 1 large cucumber
– 1/2 celery
– 1/3 red cabbage
– 1 cup of feta cheese
– A handful of coriander
– Two handfuls of Sunflower microgreens (optional)
For the dressing:
– The juice of 1 lemon
– 3 tablespoons of olive oil
– 1 tablespoon of white balsamic vinegar
– Black pepper to taste
1. Bring 1 3/4 of water to a boil and add the Pearl Harvest Couscous. Bring back to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for approximately 10 minutes.
2. While the Pearl Harvest Couscous cooks, cut the vegetables into small pieces and crumble the feta cheese. Mix all together.
3. Mix all the dressing ingredients together and set aside.
4. Let the Pearl Harvest Couscous cool down a little before mixing it with the rest of the ingredients. Add the dressing.
Voilà! It’s so simple yet so delicious. Enjoy!