3 Summer Salad Recipes that will help you keep the weight off

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With swimsuit season quickly approaching, you need to maintain your goal weight throughout the warmer months. That means no cakes, cookies, or fried foods. What is a hungry girl to do? Fear not, these 3 delicious summer salad recipes will fill you up and satisfy your sweet tooth all at the same time, without damaging your waistline. Pair with a tall glass of iced lemon water and you’ve got a healthy meal that won’t drag you down.

Note: Salads are single serving. For more servings, increase portion sizes of each ingredient depending on how many people are being served.

1.  Strawberry Spinach Honey-Walnut Salad

  • 1 ½ cup washed baby spinach leaves
  • 3 large strawberries, sliced
  • Small handful walnuts
  • ¼ medium red onion, sliced
  • Small handful cherry tomatoes
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 2-3 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Toss all vegetables together in a bowl. In a small skillet or sauce pan, warm the honey, vinegar and celery seed. Mix well and add walnuts, heating until just simmering. Pour warm dressing over salad and allow spinach to wilt a little. Enjoy!

2. Basil-Lime Shrimp Salad

  • 6 large or jumbo pre-cooked and chilled cocktail shrimp
  •  ¼ red onion, sliced
  • ½ yellow or orange sweet bell pepper, sliced
  • ½ avocado, sliced
  • Small handful fresh basil, divided 
  • 1 ½ cups Spring Mix salad greens
  • 1 large lime, wedged
  • 4 tablespoons light olive or grape seed oil
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Toss salad greens, onion and peppers in a bowl. Top with chilled shrimp. In a small sauce pan, pour 1 tablespoon oil and ½ of the basil. Sweat over medium heat until basil is wilted. Place in another small bowl and whisk in remaining oil, sugar, and lime juice from ¾ of the lime. Chill 15 minutes. Pour over salad and salt and pepper to taste.  Top with remaining fresh basil and serve with 1-2 remaining lime wedges.

3. Cantaloupe Mint-Prosciutto Salad

  • ½ small to medium cantaloupe
  • 4 slices prosciutto, chopped
  • ¼ red onion
  • 1 ½ cups Spring Mix salad greens
  • Small handful mint, divided
  • 4 tablespoons light olive or grape seed oil
  • 3 teaspoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar

Toss cantaloupe, red onion, and salad greens together in a bowl. In a small skillet or sauce pan, combine 1 tablespoon oil and chopped prosciutto. Sautee prosciutto until browned, add mint and sweat briefly until wilted. Whisk in remaining oil, sugar, and vinegar. Pour over salad and serve immediately.

Try any one of these delicious salad recipes this summer and you’ll never feel like you’re depriving yourself while managing your waistline!

Committed to your success,

Stacy Papakostas

NYC Adventure Boot Camp for Women
www.NYCAdventureBootCamp.com

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