Salad Days - A Spice Aisle Post

It's Summer. It's hot. No one wants to turn on their oven. Plus, you've worked hard (or played hard) all day. You don't want to spend an hour prepping and then cooking a meal. And so, *drum roll, please* I present to you my go-to Summer meal... (frankly, it's my go-to every-season meal)...

The Salad.

And not just any salad. No. It's special. It's "tropical". And that means: your taste buds are about to go on vacation.

Tropical Spinach Salad

Recipe credit: Cathy at Lemon Tree Dwelling


3 c. fresh baby spinach

⅓ c. strawberries, chopped

⅓ c. pineapple, chopped

½ avocado, cubed

1 slice red onion, quartered ⅛ c.

⅛ c. chopped pecans

fresh-shaved parmesan cheese, to taste

(Change it up by adding in almonds, walnuts, or chickpeas)


1. Layer ingredients in medium salad bowl.

2. OPTIONAL: Top with Sweet Lime Vinaigrette - (1/8 c. olive oil, 1/8 c. vinegar, Tbsp. lime juice, Tbsp. agave nectar). I find this dressing too sweet, so if I use anything, it's a light drizzle of olive oil.

3. Combine ingredients in a small container with a lid; shake well.

Voila! Your meal is served.

But, wait. Where's dessert?

Don't worry, I didn't forget that!

Here it is, in all its gorgeous, colorful, vitamin-filled goodness :-)

Summer Fruit Salad


Blackberries - 1 cup

Strawberries - 1 cup hulled and quartered

Grapes - 1 cup

Kiwi - 1 cup peeled and quartered

Blueberries - 1 cup

Oranges - 3 oranges, peeled and cut into wedges

Watermelon - 1 cup cubed watermelon


1. Mix ingredients into a bowl.

2. Serve.

Beverage perfect for the meal:

You could have a glass of chilled wine, or coconut water, or regular water, or my go-to iced coffee.

There. Dinner (or lunch) done. Light and healthy and delicious. :-)

#summer #dinner #salad