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Cooling Summer Salad Recipe

Cooling Summer Salad Recipe

Who feels like cooking dinner on a hot summer day? Not me! Let’s keep cool!

Making a salad for dinner is simple. It almost never requires any cooking and only takes 10 minutes. I enjoy sitting on my shaded deck, eating a whole meal in one bowl!

Cooling Summer Dinner Salad

This is a super simple salad to make and it’s substantial enough to be a complete meal. Dinner is the best meal to fill you up with protein, and this salad has plenty of protein from almonds, pumpkin seeds and tahini. The ingredients are also detoxing because the proteins are vegan and easy to digest, and it doesn’t combine proteins and starches, also making for easy digestion.

I recommend that you double or triple the recipe. If you make a large amount, leave out the cucumber and instead add it just before serving.

Many of these ingredients are Powerfoods and you can discover their health benefits by following the links.


4 inches cucumber
1 stock celery
1 carrot
1 handful spinach
2 handfuls leafy lettuce
1 handful dill weed
5 – 7 soaked almonds
2 tbsp soaked pumpkin seeds


  1. Soak almonds and pumpkin seeds overnight. (read directions)
  2. Chop cucumber, celery, dill weed and lettuce.
  3. Grate carrot.
  4. Mix all vegetables with nuts and seeds.
  5. Serve with creamy tahini salad dressing.

Creamy Tahini Salad Dressing

Creamy dressings often are full of dairy but this is vegan, delicious and super easy!

10 tbsp Tahini
5 tbsp lemon juice
1  1/2 tsp. Braggs or soya sauce
or 1/2 tsp salt and  1/2 tsp curry powder
7 – 10 tbsp water (if you want a warm dressing then use warm water)
  1. Mix 1 tablespoon of lemon juice at a time with tahini in a jar.
  2. Add seasoning of your choice and enough water till creamy.
  3. Serve on top of fresh green salad of lettuce or watercress.

Note: This recipe is often recommended in our Seasonal Diets and Detoxes due to its high protein and great taste.


2 More of my Favorite Salad Recipes:

Quinoa Arugula Salad: This recipe gives a yummy and nourishing salad for the summer. It is full of good protein from the quinoa and the pumpkin seeds.

Asparagus Tomato Salad: This simple luxurious salad was a hit the first time I created the recipe, so I never stopped serving it

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).


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7:18AM PDT on Oct 16, 2014

Thanks a lot. I was fine, but now I am hungry for a salad. Gotta go - to make me a salad.

12:36AM PDT on Oct 4, 2014

Thank you!

11:21AM PDT on Aug 31, 2014

I love eating salads on hot summer days!! Keeps me and my home cool!

7:12PM PDT on Aug 25, 2014

Sounds and looks great

12:33PM PDT on Aug 23, 2014

Forwarded to those who are interested and need to see this. Thanks for posting

7:18AM PDT on Aug 20, 2014

scrumptious salads for summer on it's way!

8:26PM PDT on Aug 15, 2014

Thank you :)

12:54AM PDT on Aug 11, 2014

Will definitely fix this, thx

10:44AM PDT on Aug 5, 2014

Sounds pretty good. Why are we soaking the almonds & pumpkin seeds?

9:11AM PDT on Aug 4, 2014

great recipes, thank you

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