Friday, July 20, 2012

6 Steps for Building a Gluten-free Satisfying Summer Salad

Heather of guest posted here. I love her little secrets to a satisfying GF Summer salad.

Here are 6 steps for building a satisfying gluten-free summer salad.

1.  Base:  Start with a few leaves – spinach, arugula, bibb, romaine, herb mixture – but just a few leaves.  Let steps 2-6 take the focus.
2.  Color:  Add as much color as possible – orange carrots, golden beets, red radishes, yellow peppers, purple cabbage.  The more color, the more flavor, the more nutrients, the more satisfaction.
3.  Sweetness:  Add fruit for sweetness – blueberries, blackberries, pear slices, peaches – whatever is fresh and available to add a sweet edge.
4.  Crunch:  Texture differences help satiety. Try some crunchy cabbage strips, cauliflower bits, pumpkin seeds, slivered nuts, sprouts, fresh corn kernels.
5.  Protein – Add strips of lean meat, beans, wedges of hard-boiled egg, shredded cheese, a dollop of hummus.
6.  Drizzle:  Drizzle your salad with olive oil, or make your own salad dressing by pureeing olive oil with veggies like roasted red pepper.
from Love the hearts!

Enjoy the bounty and flavors of summer, and celebrate another way that you can embrace your gluten-free life naturally
Speaking of : This dynamite salad is from here
Watermelon Jalapeno Love Salad
by Heather of
  • 1 T. Raw Agave Nectar
  • 1 T. Olive Oil
  • 1 T. Red Wine Vinegar
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Chili Powder
  • 1/2 Seedless Watermelon
  • 6 c. Baby Arugula
  • 2 Avocados, sliced
  • 2 Jalapeno Peppers, slices thinly and seeded
1.  Place agave nectar, olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, salt, and chili powder in a mason jar.  Shake to mix.
2.  Slice watermelon into 1 inch slices.  Press a heart-shaped cookie cutter into the watermelon slices.
3. Place heart-shaped watermelon pieces in a shallow dish and pour the marinade over the top.  Let it sit for 10-15 minutes.
4.  Wash the arugula and divide it between 6 individual salad plates.
5.  Place two watermelon hearts, avocado slices, and 4-6 jalapeno slices on each plate.  Drizzle with the remaining marinade.
Serves 6


  1. yay for no more boring salads! great post!

  2. I agree! I love the formula she came up with!