Cherry Walnut Summer Salad


When the days get longer and hotter, and one starts sweating seconds after stepping outside, one knows summer is RIGHT around the corner.

Everyone loves summer…especially this Ecuadorian girl right here! I am used to lots of direct sunlight and humidity, which means I am totally okay with tan lines and perspiration. In fact, I crave both bad while living life through fall, winter and spring here in Idaho; this state can be challenging for Latin Americans, as most of us are not used to the snow, to negative temperatures, or to long days without sunlight.

I probably need more Vitamin D than the average American, due to my golden skin color, so during winter, I know to go out and literally do some real life “sun salutations” at the slightest hints of sun ray, lol.

Both you and I know that with warmer weather, our lifestyle changes completely. We all spend more time outside, engage in different outdoor actives, go to more weddings, drink more liquids and even eat differently. With higher body temperatures and increased liquid consumption, we crave lighter meals when it’s time to eat. We don’t really want mashed potatoes and lasagna (eww, that sounds so bad right now), we want something cool and easy to digest…something refreshing and flavorful. And salads are usually our answer. There are a million salad combinations out there; you can add most fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and proteins to create an awesome recipe that suits your current cravings. I tend to use lots of greens and fruits during summertime; grocery stores are packed with juicy and bright fruits during this time of year, so be sure to visit your closest organic store to get inspired.

On my last trip to Whole Foods, cherries really caught my attention. They looked so red and sweet, so I got a bunch to use on Paleo salads, desserts and more. Below is one of the ways I used cherries this week – hope you love this meal it as much as I did!

Cherry Walnut Summer Salad
 
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Serves: 1 serving
Ingredients
For the Balsamic Vinaigrette:
  • 1 ½ tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon honey
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Pinch of black pepper
For the Salad:
  • 2 cups baby spinach or mixed greens (I used a combination of both)
  • ½ peach, cubed
  • ¼ cup blueberries
  • ¼ avocado, cubed
  • 6 cherries, pitted and halved
  • 2 tablespoons walnut halves
  • 1 grilled chicken breast, sliced (you can use your preferred recipe here, or you can follow this one, this one, or this one)
Instructions
For the Balsamic Vinaigrette:
  1. Combine all dressing ingredients in a mixing bowl using a whisk.
  2. Set aside.
For the Salad:
  1. Prep your ingredients ahead of time (wash fruit, cube peaches and avocado, pit and halve cherries, and grill chicken.)
  2. Place greens in your mixing bowl, pour Balsamic Vinaigrette, and cover with lid; give it a good shake, so the vinaigrette evenly coats the greens.
  3. Transfer greens to salad bowl; add in peaches, blueberries, avocado, cherries, walnuts and chicken.
  4. Serve and enjoy!
Notes
Tools You’ll Need:
- Mixing bowls (medium one with a lid, and small one)
- Whisk
- Measuring cups
- Measuring spoons
- Cherry pitter
- Cutting board
- Sharp knife
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 serving Calories: 477 Fat: 24 g. Carbohydrates: 32 g. Protein: 32 g.

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