Scrumptious Salads: The there’s-no-way-I’m-turning-on-the-damn-oven edition

Hi everyone! It’s been a while (busy summer and all), so I thought I would treat you to not one, but two, gluten free salad creations I find particularly scrumptious. I’ve been eating these all week because, people, it’s hot. Oppressively hot. It’s been hovering around the ‘it’s-going-to-feel-like-45 degrees-kind of hot’ all week. ALL. WEEK.

The sun. The hot, hot sun. (Flickr / jmf1007)

The sun. The hot, hot sun. (Flickr / jmf1007)

It’s the kind of heat that makes me truly uncomfortable. And drained. And irritable. I get especially irritable when I hear people gushing about how ‘beautiful’ this weather is. There is nothing beautiful about instant sweat, matted down hair, and runny makeup. This weather is only appropriate if you’re on vacation or near some kind of lake you can hop into. But for day-to-day living? No. Just no.

When my stifling heat-loving friends hear me complain they immediately make some cliche comment about winter. ‘Oh, well I’ll take this over -20 and snow,’ they always say with a chuckle.

Here’s the thing my friends don’t seem to grasp. If it is -20 and snowing, you can always add a layer of clothing to warm up. Always.

I stumbled across a YouTube video that’s making its rounds and I included it at the bottom of this post. If you’re frustrated with the heat in your area or you just want a laugh, check it out!

So, back to the reason for this long-awaited post: the salads. Here are two no-cooking-required dishes I whipped up repeatedly throughout the week to stay nourished…and cool.

Bean salad

This might be the easiest bean salad ever.

This might be the easiest bean salad ever.

What you’ll need

  • Kidney beans, one can
  • Chickpeas, one can
  • Peppers, chopped
  • Chives, chopped
  • Apple, chopped (I used Granny Smith)
  • Lemon juice
  • Lime juice
  • Olive oil

What you have to do

  • Chop and mix!

With this recipe, I pretty much started opening my cupboards and drawers and just started chopping away and adding more or less to my liking.

I liked the flavor combination, as I found it fresh and light. But if you’re wanting a bit more of a punch, add some salad dressing!

 …and now for my second Scrumptious Salad, or really, my Scrumptious Liquid Salad…

Fresh mint watercress smoothie 

A refreshing and hearty scrumptious meal for summer.

A refreshing and hearty scrumptious meal for summer.

What you’ll need

  • Watercress, one handful
  • Half an avocado
  • Half a cucumber
  • Almond butter, a spoon’s worth
  • Mint, a few fresh leaves or 1 tbsp dried
  • Lime juice
  • Coconut water
  • Water
  • Ice

What you have to do

  • Blend all ingredients together!

I’m actually not too partial to the true ‘smoothie’ texture, so I might add a bit more liquid than the average smoothie lover would like. But the drink is still on the thick side, and it’s hearty. It takes me about an hour to finish and then I’m full for a while.  The lime, mint, and coconut combo makes this a really refreshing summer drink (or scrumptious liquid salad), and the almond butter adds an awesome nutty kick.

Here’s the video I promised. Be warned, there’s quite a bit of swearing in it, so it might not be for everyone! But I pretty much lost my mind laughing around the 28-second mark, so I thought I would share it. Enjoy, stay cool, and bon appetit!

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3 responses to “Scrumptious Salads: The there’s-no-way-I’m-turning-on-the-damn-oven edition

  1. LOVE ME SOME BEAN SALAD!! Here’s one you HAVE to try: http://www.onceuponachef.com/2010/08/black-bean-salad-with-corn-red-peppers-avocado-lime-cilantro-vinaigrette.html …love love love it.
    Smoothie looks awesome too!
    That video is hilarious, this is actually the first time I watched it. I’ve seen it going around on FB and wondered what the heck it was…lol. It’s been hot out here too, but it’s a dry heat at least. I can’t handle the Ontario humid summers…sooo dreadful!! Hang in there 😉

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