Tis the season for strawberries!! I’ve been stalking all the farmer’s markets lately to get these beauties. I’ve been planning to actually go to an organic farm to pick them myself but something has always come up or rain has happened. Boo rain! I just hope that by the time I get to go there will still be some left for me to pick. Nothing compares to organic Ontario grown strawberries this time of year. They’re so juicy and sweet. Soooo delish and versatile too. They can be incorporated into any meal at any time of the day.
So this salad has most of my absolute faves. Strawberries, which we’ve already talked about, mango and avocado. The last 2 works so well together. The sweetness of the mango with the buttery-ness (new word) of the avo is like heaven. So good, really, if you’ve never tried it together then do it now.
I really love this salad. It’s so light and refreshing, perfect for the summer. Add some pecans to this party and it really is filling. It makes a great addition to bring to any bbq and is packed with nutrient dense deliciousness.
Strawberries have a high vitamin c content which boosts the immune system. Loads of antioxidants that neutralize free radicals that lead to brain degeneration, weakened nervous system, and aging. They are anti-inflammatory and contribute to heart health. Contain minerals like magnesium and potassium which lower high blood pressure.* Be sure to always buy organic when you shop for them because conventional strawberries are loaded with TONS of toxic chemicals and pesticides*.
Mangos are an excellent source of vitamin A which is essential for vision and skin health. It also contains potassium which helps regulate heart rate and blood pressure. Just like strawberries, they contain vitamin C and antioxidants to fight off those free radical damaging punks.
Avocados are full of heart and brain healthy fats. They are packed full of B vitamins, which are essential for nervous system, brain, and cardiovascular function. Also important for blood cell formation and energy production. They also contain zinc, important for wound healing, and folate which prevents birth defects.
Spinach is a great plant based source of iron which is important for red blood cell formation and also helps maintain brain and immune function. It also contains blood boosting vitamin K and carotenoids which aid in eye health.
Eat the rainbow. Simple :)
Strawberry Pecan Summer Salad
2.5 cups of packed spinach
1/3 cup of cooked quinoa
¾ cup of sliced cucumbers
¾ cup of sliced strawberries
½ cup of cubed mango
½ red onion
1 ½ tbsp. of hemp seeds
¼ cup of pecans
1 avocado (cubed)
2 tbsp. of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar
3 tbsp. of freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tsp of raw honey
Pinch of Himalayan salt
1. Slice and dice fruit and Veg.
2. Combine ingredients in a bowl.
3. Mix ingredients for dressing together.
4. Incorporate into salad. Top with hemp seeds and Enjoy!