I’ve teamed up with my amazing friends from ELXR Juice Lab to bring you 3 Delicious Fruit and Nut Salads that are perfect for the summer months. Each of the salads is entirely plant-based, vegan, paleo, and gluten-free so they’re perfect for just about any particular food philosophy you might subscribe to. These salads are amazing on their own but I personally like to pair them with some simply grilled lean protein like fish or chicken. I’ll let you be the boss and decide how you want to enjoy these salads for yourself!

 

If you’re in Toronto or the GTA be sure to check out ELXR Juice Lab for amazing cold-pressed juices! (After Party and Beta Rush are my personal favs)

 

Give them a go and let me know what you think in the comments below!

 

Cheers,
Ronny

 

3 Fruit and Nut Salads to make Your Summer Heart Sing!

3 Fruit and Nut Summer Salads Ideas Paleo Primal Gourmet Healthy Diet Recipes

 1. Watermelon, Pistachio and Watercress Salad

3 Fruit and Nut Summer Salads Ideas Paleo Primal Gourmet Healthy Diet Recipes

Beautiful, refreshing, and light, this summery salad is perfect as an appetizer or palate cleanser between courses.

 

Ingredients:

 

½ Watermelon – cubed

¼ cup pistachios – roughly chopped

2 cups watercress

8-10 sprigs fresh mint

Cold-pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil

 

Method:

  1. Lay watermelon on a large serving platter. Scatter watercress, mint and pistachios overtop. Drizzle with high-quality, cold-pressed EVOO (grab that expensive stuff you’ve been saving for exactly this occasion).
  2. Enjoy!

 

2. Mango, Almond and Frisé Salad with Ginger-Lime Vinnaigrette

3 Fruit and Nut Summer Salads Ideas Paleo Primal Gourmet Healthy Diet Recipes

Crisp, balanced and satisfying, this Asian-inspired salad will have you reaching for seconds and thirds.

 

Ingredients:

Serves 2

 

For the Salad:

1 mango – pitted and cubed

1 head frisé lettuce

1 avocado – pitted and cubed

6-8 cherry tomatoes – halve

1/8 cup almonds – roughly chopped

1 scallion – finely sliced

6-8 slices English cucumber

3 tbsp white sesame seeds

For the Vinaigrette

½ tbsp fresh ginger – grated

1tbsp lime juice

1tbsp organic maple syrup

1 tbsp rice wine vinegar

1 tbsp coconut aminos

2 tbsp extra light extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

1 tbsp sesame oil

pinch of sea salt

Method:

  1. Add all of the salad ingredients in a bowl. Set aside.
  2. Add all vinnaigrette ingredients to a mason jar and shake vigorously until emulsified. Alternatively, add ingredients to a mixing bowl and whisk together until emulsified.
  3. Drizzle vinaigrette overtop of salad and toss gently to coat.
  4. Enjoy!

 

3. Grilled Apricot, Pecan and Arugula Salad with Classic Balsamic Vinaigrette

3 Fruit and Nut Summer Salads Ideas Paleo Primal Gourmet Healthy Diet Recipes

Sophisticated, bold and warm, this salad is perfect for those cooler summer nights by the outdoor fire.

 

Ingredients:

Serves 2

 

For the Salad:

2-3 apricots – halved and pitted

1 small package arugula

1/8 cup pecans

1 small shallot – very finely julienned

2 tbsp raisins or dried cranberries

 

For the Vinaigrette

1 small clove garlic – grated

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

1 tbsp organic honey

1 tsp Dijon or grainy mustard

pinch of salt and pepper

 

Method:

  1. Add all of the salad ingredients to a bowl. Set aside.
  2. Preheat grill or grill pan to med-high heat. Lightly brush each half of the apricots with a bit of avocado oil. Grill for approx. 4-5 min per side. Remove from grill and transfer to salad.
  3. Add all of the vinaigrette ingredients to a mason jar and shake vigorously until emulsified.
  4. Drizzle the vinaigrette overtop of the salad and toss gently to coat.
  5. Enjoy!

 

3 Fruit and Nut Summer Salads Ideas Paleo Primal Gourmet Healthy Diet Recipes