Your Salad Days: 3 Summer Recipes for a Healthy, Youthful Glow!
It’s almost summer! And there’s nothing better for keeping that youthful glow than feeding your skin with nourishing vegetables and healthy foods. We've got 3 perfect salad recipes to help you eat your way to glowing, healthy skin. Here are our favorite flavorful summer salads...
Balsamic Grilled Steak Salad with Peaches
1 lb. skirt steak, 1/4 c. balsamic vinegar, 1 clove garlic, minced, 1 tbsp. brown sugar, 1 tbsp. vegetable oil, salt, black pepper, 1/4 c. extra-virgin olive oil, Juice of 1 large lemon, 6 c. baby arugula, 2 peaches (thinly sliced), 1/3 c. crumbled blue cheese or feta.
Begin by marinating the steak: simply add the steak, balsamic, garlic and brown sugar to a large Ziploc bag and leave for 20 minutes. Next, heat a grill or grill pan to high, rub steak with vegetable oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill until desired color, approx 3 minutes per side for medium rare. Let rest 5 minutes, then slice.
Whilst the steak is cooling, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice and a pinch of salt and pepper in a small bowl. In a large serving bowl, add the arugula, sliced peaches, blue cheese or feta, and steak. Top with your dressing and toss.
Piña Colada Chicken Salad
Does anything say summer more than a Piña Colada? There’s a bunch of ingredients to this but the prep is fairly simple, and the taste is superb - well worth the grocery list!
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts/thighs (cut into tenders), 1 c. flour, 2 large eggs (beaten), 1 c. shredded coconut, salt, black pepper, 1 head romaine, 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced, 2 c. pineapple, chopped, 1/2 c. coconut milk, Juice of 2 limes, Zest of 1 lime, pinch of crushed red pepper flakes.
Start by preheating the oven to 400°. Take two bowls; place the flour and coconut into one, and whisk the eggs in another. Dredge the chicken in the egg mixture before covering with the flour and coconut. Transfer to a baking sheet. Season generously with salt and pepper and bake until cooked through and coconut is golden, approx. 12 minutes.
Whilst the chicken is cooking, combine the romaine, red pepper and pineapple in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, make your dressing by whisking together the coconut milk, lime juice and zest, and red pepper flakes and season with salt. Add the chicken and voila - the perfect summer salad.
Strawberry Balsamic Pasta Salad
Yes - strawberry and balsamic - if you haven’t come across this combo before, I assure you - you won’t be looking back! This recipe is super easy too - just a simple one-bowl mix!
1 lb. farfalle, 1/4 c balsamic glaze (or 1/4 c. balsamic vinegar - bring to boil, then turn down the heat & simmer and reduce till thickened - approx. 10 mins), 1/2 c. Feta, crumbled, 2 c. strawberries, quartered, 1/2 c. baby spinach, pinch of salt and black pepper, 1/4 c. toasted almonds for garnish.
Cook the pasta according to packet instructions. Add to a large serving bowl the feta, strawberries and spinach, season generously with salt and pepper and toss to combine. Finish with balsamic glaze and a sprinkling of toasted almonds - yum.
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