summer salads with seasonal produce

Blueberry, Blackberry, Watermelon and Mint Salad
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Warm, sunny weather calls for cool and refreshing dishes full of the best flavors the season has to offer. And there nothing is like a salad made of summer produce. Whether you’re a vegetarian, want to start your summer journey by eating healthier, or that you simply like to indulge in something leafty, sweet and crunchy then  take advantage of ingredients like strawberries, cucumbers, watermelon and peaches to deliver a punch of flavour and texture.

With a combination of veggies and fruit, these salad recipes leave you feeling satisfied and will keep you cool in the heat of the summer. They are also easy to whip up for an alfresco dining.

Try these refreshingly tasty recipes.

Lentil Salad with Roasted Pumpkin and Pomegranate Seeds

Lentil Salad with Roasted Pumpkin and Pomegranate Seeds

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of pre-cooked black lentils
  • 350 grams pumpkin, cubed
  • 1 bunch of arugula and spinach
  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1 cup avocado, cubed
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tablespoons silan, (date honey syrup)
  • 2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons Azada Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt & grounded black pepper to taste

Method:

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F. In a small bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of Azada’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil with silan, salt and pepper. Pour the mixture over the pumpkin cubes and stir well to coat, spread the pumpkin on a baking pan lined with greaseproof paper. Bake in the oven for about 20-25 minutes until the pumpkin is golden and soft.

Once the pumpkin is cooked, place them in a large bowl and put all the remaining salad ingredients. Drizzle with Azada’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil, balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper. Carefully combine and transfer to a serving bowl. Bon appetit! Store any leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container for up to three days.

Blueberry, Blackberry, Watermelon and Mint Salad

Blueberry, Blackberry, Watermelon and Mint Salad

Serves: 2-4

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups cubed/starred watermelon
  • 1 1/2 cups blackberries
  • 1 1/2 cups blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped mint leaves
  • Juice of one lime

Method:

In a large bowl, combine the watermelon, blackberries, blueberries and mint. Squeeze fresh lime juice over the fruit and gently toss and serve cool.

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