Salads are a staple part of my diet all year round. However during the summer months I tend to splurge and expand my salad repertoire to include interesting and unusual veggies that are more plentiful during the warmer months.
Take advantage of local farmer's markets, like the Union Square Green Market to find fresh and colorful produce such as arugula, beets and rhubarb.
Did you know that arugula is great source of folic acid and Vitamins A, C and K? Though a favorite for salads, you can also try it in pasta, grains, sandwiches, wraps and soups.
Beets – I love their deep purple/magenta color! Yes, they are high in carbs, however they do help lower blood pressure, boost stamina and fight inflammation.
Though rhubarb is a member of the fruit family, they can be combined with leafy greens for a sweet and tangy salad. Rhubarb is a good source of lutein, which is great for skin and eye health.
Here are some colorful salad recipes that I’ll be trying out this summer – hope you will enjoy them too!
Arugula Salad with Lemon Parmesan Dressing
Rhubarb Salad with Goat Cheese