Greek Salad with Cashew Tzatziki Dressing
I've been eating this salad nonstop for the past two months. Summers in Tennessee, or the south for that matter, are not for the faint of heart. I've been here for the majority of my life and have yet to grow accustomed to the stifling humidity that accompanies this season. Every year I think, "I bet Maine would be a great place to live. Or the Pacific Northwest. Or Alaska." All of that to say, the only types of meals I crave this time of year are refreshing and cool.
Lately, I've been intentional about practicing mindful eating, which has resulted in simplifying a lot of my meals. Choosing foods based on how I want to feel after meals has been a powerful guide for how I now approach the weekly grocery run. Whether it's a smoothie for breakfast, a deliciously full salad for lunch, or an exciting new recipe for dinner, I've been focusing on each meal containing fiber, healthy fats, lean protein, and leafy greens.
What I love most about salads is the ability to customize. I love adding a variety of veggies to keep them interesting, flavorful, and nutrient-dense. A few of my favorites are bell peppers, red onions, cucumbers, and radishes. I also think avocado adds a really nice texture to salads, and they are great sources of healthy fats and fiber.
This salad contains loads of vitamins A, C, B6, E, B2, and minerals folate, molybdenum, pantothenic acid, niacin, potassium, fiber, and magnesium. All of these play major roles in the body's ability to function well, by aiding in digestion, increasing energy production, reducing inflammation, supporting the immune system, and strengthening muscles and bones.
If you saw my Jamaican Jerk Bowl post, you know how obsessed I am with cashew cream. It's tasty and versatile, and makes for an incredible homemade vegan Tzatziki dressing!
It always amazes me how all aspects of wellness are interconnected. When we eat nutrient dense foods, we have more energy for movement. When we move frequently, we crave healthier foods and are able to rest better. And when we rest well, our body is able to function optimally. It's a wonderful, life-giving cycle!
What are your favorite vegetables to put in a salad?