Raw Green Summer Salad

Raw Green Summer Salad

This is your new, go-to, “I’m too tired to cook” dinner method.

This is not a recipe.

I mean, this is kind of a recipe. Really, this is more me telling you to go do something because it’s a good idea. What is that idea exactly? Making salad out of things that don’t involve lettuce or noodles - crazy, I know.

But really, this is a thing. Think about a Caprese. No real lettuce there. No noodles. Just tasty things all mixed up together. In fact, I am here to argue just that point. A salad is not a thing built on a bed of lettuce or a goopy noodle situation. A salad is a mixture of tasty things that go well together. In fact, this is the actual definition of the word salad that you never bothered to look up:

salad: noun:

  1. a cold dish of various mixtures of raw or cooked vegetables, usually seasoned with oil, vinegar, or other dressing and sometimes accompanied by meat, fish, or other ingredients.

  2. a mixture containing a specified ingredient served with a dressing.

  3. a vegetable suitable for eating raw.

Summer salad with cucumber, avocado, zucchini, feta cheese, and smoked salmon drizzled with a light lemon and olive oil dressing.

Well, how about that? If you’ve already unpacked the true essence of what a salad really is - then good for you. You’re ahead of me. If not, then let’s go on the journey of my new favorite salad together. It’s what I’m calling a raw green summer salad. Here’s what you need:

  • A handful of zucchini noodles (that’s a zucchini cut into noodles, usually using a spiralizer)

  • About 1/2 a cucumber per serving

  • 1/2 an avocado per serving (or a whole avocado per serving if you’re an avo freak like me)

  • The juice of 1/2 a lemon

  • Decent olive oil

  • A sprinkle of Italian seasoning

  • A sprinkle of salt

  • A bit of feta cheese per serving

  • A bit of smoked salmon per serving (if you’re into that sort of thing)

  • A dash of chopped chives

Now. Don’t cooking anything. Seriously. Nothing. Because sometimes you just can’t. In a jar, or shaker, or other thing with a lid mix the lemon juice, a little olive oil, salt, and the Italian seasoning. Shake it all around. Pour it over the zucchini, cucumber, and avocado. Toss it all about. Put your green things in a bowl and top with smoked salmon, feta, and chives. Now eat you crazy animal.

Until we eat again -


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