You know what I love about summer? All the fresh produce in the stores! So many types of fruit and veggies come out of hiding (or at least I just notice them) and I feel so creative on what I can do with them.
This was one of the “AHA!” moments where I was digging through my pantry and looking for anything to use up in my fridge. I kept seeing my yellow tomato on my counter all week and went back and forth in my head: 1.) why did I buy it and 2.) what I could do with it besides just put in a sandwich or salad.
I had seen a recipe somewhere about a citrus dressing and the minimal ingredients it called for and once I put two and two together, I knew I had to just go with it and see what happened!
BOOM! This salad was born!
I feel this is the perfect way to welcome summer. Nothing says summer like fresh produce tossed together in a light, refreshing dressing on a hot summer day. Who want’s to be standing over a stove or in a hot kitchen this time of year anyways? If you’re like me, want something quick, fresh, and healthy so you can get back outside! Another reason this salad is great. It’s travels well so it’s great for picnics and BBQs too.
I used reduced fat feta cheese to watch the calorie intake and jarred beets since they’re packed in a tangy vinaigrette that enhances the flavor of the salad. Use what you have though. This is an easy salad that would sure to please anyone no matter what you put in it!
This makes one serving, so double up if you’re bringing for a crowd.
- 1 Tbsp of reduced fat feta cheese
- 1 small yellow/heirloom tomato
- 1/2 c baby carrots, chopped
- 1/4 c jarred beets (I used Trader Joe’s)
- 2 medium celery branches, chopped
- 1/4 c chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp honey
- Salt and Pepper
- Mix carrots, celery, tomato, beets, chickpeas, and feta together in a bowl.
- In a separate bowl, combine olive oil, apple cider vinegar, honey, and salt and pepper
- Pour dressing over veggie mixture and toss together
Grab a fork and enjoy!
What is your go-to summer side dish?
What are some healthy pantry staples you like to keep on hand?
What is your favorite thing you love about summer?