{The martini salad: super simple, fresh & guilt free}

 The martini salad

Summary: 
This salad is so fresh, light and delicious I could eat this everyday! You palate will be pleased and your body…thankful. The best part is that both the watermelon and cucumber have a high water content and are very low in calories. It’s also the perfect thirst quencher for a hot summer day… (can’t wait for those days – and some vacation time). The avocado pieces add creaminess and the feta crumbs add punches of flavor. Plus you won’t need to make a salad dressing…these ingredients are so juicy that you only need to add a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and you are good to go! Get ready to experience a party of wonderful flavors in your mouth…This is a must try! Plus it’s so cute that it’s perfect for entertaining – and works best for the hotter months of the year…can’t wait to have a summer fête and serve this on martini glasses!

Now regarding the nutrition. Here are some fun facts about watermelon: {For more info visit check out THIS link}:

  • Rich in electrolytes and water content, low in calories and fat !! – making it a perfect post workout snack. It is also a great source of potassium which is key in regulating muscle contraction.
  • Watermelon is an excellent source of Vitamin-A, which is a powerful natural anti-oxidant. 100 g fresh fruit has only 30 cal and provides 19% of DV of this vitamin which helps support vision, immunity and skin. Vitamin-A rich fruits can also protect from lung and oral cavity cancers…which is very important for those smokers out there!
  • It also contains lots of hard to pronounce cancer-fighting flavonoids like: lycopene, b-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin and cryptoxanthin. These antioxidants help protect against colon, prostate, breast, endometrial, lung, and pancreatic cancers.
  • It contains a good amount of vitamin-B6 (pyridoxine), thiamin (vitamin B-1), vitamin-C, and manganese. These vitamins are essential for biochemical processes used by your body to produce ATP (the main source of energy in your body).

Ingredients:

3 cups fresh mesclun, spinach or arugular
1 medium size cucumber
1.2 lbs. watermelon, or 1 1/2 slices
1 medium size avocado
2 tbsp crumbled feta cheese – optional
1.5 tbsp aged balsamic vinegar, to drizzle on top
salt & pepper
juice from 1/2 lemon

*Garnish – 2 tbsp of fresh parsley, mint or basil on top (use your favorite!)

Directions:

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1. PREP:
Peel and core the avocado. Cut into 1/2 in cubes and put in small mixing bowl. Add the juice from 1/2 a lemon on top and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

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2. LAYER:
Chop the watermelon and cucumber into 1/2 inch cubes. Divide the lettuce among the 4 martini glasses or layer on a big serving plate or salad bowl. Add the watermelon cubes, followed by the cucumber and avocado. Make sure to drizzle the remaining lemon juice into the martinis or serving plate. Sprinkle each glass with feta crumbles. Drizzle balsamic vinegar on top. Add fresh parsley or cilantrillo as garnish.
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3. SERVING SUGGESTIONS:
I made this for lunch for me and my husband. I served with 2 tuna filets. To make the tunas – season with salt and pepper and cook in sesame oil. When finished add lemon juice on top. Serve and enjoy the flavor combo!

Yield: 4 martini appetizers or 2 main salads

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The martini salad

By the way…don’t you think if we removed the lettuce and chopped this more finely we could eat it with chips on a hot summer day?

Definitely will experiment with that and let you know!

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2 thoughts on “{The martini salad: super simple, fresh & guilt free}

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