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3 Summer Superfood Salads

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This blog post is sponsored by iHerb.

 

Is your summer salad game feeling a bit stale? What about adding some delicious nourishing ''superfoods''? Simple and nourishing ingredients such as hempseeds and Camu Camu powder will transform your salad into a delicious summer superfood salad.

3 Summer Superfood Salads

Because I love warming foods I always think that autumn and winter are my favorite months, but then summer arrives and I’m reminded of the amazing fruits and veggies that are available again. I think it’s hard to pick a favorite season as a food blogger, right? In the summer I love to eat as many fresh fruits as possible, but I also love to prepare a good filling salad. Preferably a summer superfood salad with ingredients such as nuts and seeds, but also the dressing is a great way to get in some extra nutrients. 

I’m always so excited when I get to collaborate with iHerb! Today I’m sharing with you three summer salad recipes as well as what I ordered at iHerb. For these recipes I ordered some staple products such as cashew butter, Camu Camu powder and hempseeds. Once you get used to using these products in your salad and/or salad dressing, you’ll be hooked.  

Why iHerb?

Before I’m going to dive into my freshly arrived box from iHerb, let me explain why I’m such a long time customer. I keep coming back for the same reasons: the prices are good, they have a huge selection of products (over 5,000 grocery products!), the shipping costs are low (they ship to more than 160 countries), they ship fast (like really fast!) and they have an amazing service.

iHerb is also a Google Trusted Store, this means that your purchase is always protected. If there’s an eligible issue with your order and you can’t resolve it with iHerb (which I highly doubt), you can request Google’s help and Google will then resolve the issue for you. The iHerb customer service is great, so if you have any questions feel free to drop Customer Service a message. If you don’t speak English that’s not a problem either since their Customer Service support is available in 10 different languages.

And finally, with each and every purchase you’re building up loyalty credits (money to spend at iHerb). All customers will also get 5% off their iHerb order. If you are a new customer you can get an additional $5 off your minimum $40 order.

Ok, enough about iHerb let’s dive into my order!

My order

I get asked a lot of questions about what I normally order at iHerb. Quite a lot actually. Almost anything that isn’t fresh I order at iHerb, such as supplements and so called superfoods.

The following products were in my order:

Organic Quinoa Penne, Quinoa & Rice Pasta
I love the taste, the fact it’s gluten free and made with quinoa and rice.

Raw Energy Nut Mix, unsalted
This is our favorite nut mix! Me and my husband fight over it. It has the perfect crunch and softness. Just try it.

Hemp Seeds
I always have a pack of hemp seeds in the fridge. It’s my favorite way to add more protein and essential amino acids into my meals. I love the taste too!

Whole Grain Quinoa
Quinoa and buckwheat are my favorite addition to any salad.

Flaked Coconut, unsweetened
I have tried many different unsweetened coconut brands, but Bob’s Red Mill is the most delicious in my opinion.

100% Organic, Cashew Butter
When it comes to nut butters I love brands that sell 100% organic nut butters with just one ingredient: nuts.

 Coconut Aminos
This is such a great addition to any salad! It’s like soy sauce but then sweeter and totally soy- and gluten free too. And it contains 65% less sodium than soy sauce.

Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are probably one of those so called superfoods (together with hemp seeds) that I go through quite quickly. Chia seeds are so versatile. Whether I’m baking, making a pudding or a salad, it’s always great to use chia seeds.

Organic Baobab Powder
Baobab is a versatile and somewhat unknown sweetener that I have used years ago. I love that I rediscovered it again. It has a mildly sweet citrus-like flavor with a hint of caramel. It also contains a variety of vitamins, minerals, phytosterols and soluble fiber such as pectin.

 Organic Camu Camu Powder
Camu Camu powder has been on my to-buy list for a while now due to its amazing high levels of vitamin C. I just couldn’t find the pure organic form. Finally, on iHerb I’ve found a Camu Camu powder as a new arrival by California Gold Nutrition. Yay!

3 Summer Superfood Salads

3 Summer Superfood Salads

3 Summer Superfood Salads

Superfood Salads

Salads and salad dressings are a great way to get in those extra nutrients without you even noticing it. A smoothie is great for that too! I was super excited to try Baobab and Camu Camu powder in these recipes and I’m so happy how it turned out!

Have you ever prepared a superfood salad? I hope you’ll give these recipes a try. And don’t  forget your discount off your iHerb order!

  Green Strawberry Salad with Mixed Nuts and Chia Seed Dressing

Green Strawberry Salad with Mixed Nuts and Chia Seed Dressing
 
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This Green Strawberry Salad is a surprise with each and every bite. The flavors of the strawberries, nuts, coconut and zesty dressing makes this a perfect summer salad.
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Recipe type: salad, summer, starter, side
Cuisine: plant-based, vegan, dairyfree
Serves: 1-2
Ingredients
  • SALAD:
  • 2 cups (baby spring) lettuce mix
  • ½ cup raw energy nut mix
  • 1 cup thinly sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • DRESSING
  • the juice of 1 lemon or lime, add more if the dressing becomes too thick
  • 1½ tablespoon tahini (or cashew butter)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, more to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup, adjust to taste
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons water
Instructions
  1. SALAD:
  2. Wash and dry the lettuce and set aside.
  3. Roast the coconut flakes in the oven or in a dry pan for about 10 minutes.*
  4. DRESSING
  5. To make the chia seed dressing add all the ingredients to a small glass/mixing bowl. Stir well and then set aside.
  6. *To toast the coconut flakes, add the unsweetened coconut flakes to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and place into an 325 degree oven for 5-8 minutes until lightly golden. Toss frequently and watch carefully. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
  7. To assemble the salad, add the lettuce, strawberries, coconut flakes and nuts to a large bowl. Lightly dress with dressing and serve.
Notes
If you’re prepping this salad ahead, make sure to keep the dressing in a separate container and then toss right when you’re ready to enjoy.

 

Summer Slaw Salad with Peaches with Creamy Baobab Dressing

Summer Slaw Salad with Peaches with Creamy Baobab Dressing
 
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The dressing, seeds and fruits make this slaw salad a refreshing summer treat.
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Recipe type: salad, summer, starter, side
Cuisine: plant-based, vegan, dairy-free
Serves: 1-2
Ingredients
  • SALAD:
  • 4 cups of shredded cabbage {I used purple but a mixture of purple and green is also delicious}
  • 1 peach or nectarine, sliced thin
  • ½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • ½ cup scallions, diced small {optional}
  • 3 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar
  • ground black pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 tablespoons hemps seeds to sprinkle
  • DRESSING:
  • ¼ cup cashew butter (or tahini)
  • ¼ cup coconut aminos
  • 1 teaspoon Baobab powder
  • ½ teaspoon grated garlic
  • ½ teaspoon minced ginger
Instructions
  1. SALAD:
  2. Combine all of the ingredients {except sunflower seeds and hempseeds } in a large mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly and plate. Top with sunflower seeds and hempseeds.
  3. DRESSING:
  4. Blend all ingredients in a food processor or blender.
  5. Drizzle over salad.

Quinoa Rice Pasta Salad with Roasted Corn and Cami Camu dressing

 

Quinoa Rice Pasta Salad with Roasted Corn and Cami Camu dressing
 
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This quinoa rice pasta salad with roasted corn is the perfect summer salad. It also makes a great BBQ salad.
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Recipe type: salad, summer, starter, side
Cuisine: plant-based, vegan, dairy-free
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • SALAD:
  • 2 cups quinoa rice pasta
  • 1 bell pepper, diced medium
  • 1 small red onion, diced small
  • 3 stalks celery, sliced thinly
  • ½ cup dill, roughly-chopped
  • 1 corn cob, roasted
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (optional)
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • DRESSING:
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup or date syrup
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Camu Camu powder
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. SALAD:
  2. Fill a medium saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Cook the quinoa rice pasta until just tender, about 10-15 minutes. Drain and transfer into a large bowl.
  3. Meanwhile cook the corn shortly in boiling water (about 5 minutes) and place then in a preheated oven at 325 degrees until crispy (about 10 minutes).
  4. To the bowl, add the bell peppers, onions, celery and dill. Season the salad with lemon juice, salt, and pepper and toss to combine. When the corn is done, slice the kernels off the cob and sprinkle over the salad.
  5. DRESSING:
  6. Mix all ingredients in a mason jar or dressing jar. Shake well.
  7. Pour the dressing over the salad, and toss to combine once more. Serve the salad immediately to preserve the crunch of the vegetables and the freshness of the pasta.

 

 

 

This article is sponsored by iHerb. Thank you for your support to brands like iHerb who are not only offering products that make me happy, but also help make The Green Creator possible. All text and opinions are 100% my own.

 

 

 

 

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