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Summer Salad Cravings

May 18, 2017

With the heat of the summer quickly approaching, we tend to crave lighter, crisper & more refreshing meals than those of prior seasons. Having a delicious salad on hand as a quick and easy, yet delicious and healthy meal is perfect for these hot months. Below are a few recipes of our favorite summer salads that also have skin benefits! We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

1. Berry Beautiful Salad
Ingredients: (Serving Size - 1)
1/4 Cup Blueberries
1/4 Cup Strawberries, sliced
2 Cups Fresh Baby Kale
1/4 Cup Grape Tomatoes, halved
1 Tbs Olive Oil
1/2 Lemon (squeezed)
1 Tbs Organic Honey
Salt/Pepper to taste
1/4 Cup Chopped Almonds
Optional Protein: 1 Grilled Chicken Breast

How To: Combine all ingredients in a large bowl & enjoy! Chef's tip: Squeeze the lemon atop the Kale first and massage with your hands for about a minute. This will soften the texture and help to take away any bitter taste. 

Why It's So Great: Berries are packed with antioxidants & vitamins A, C & E - all help to promote youthful, radiant skin. Kale is full of Vitamin K which decreases the visibility of dark circles & tightens skin. 

2. Avocado Motto Salad
Ingredients: (Serving Size - 1)
2 Cups Baby Spinach
1/2 Cup Grape Tomatoes, halved
1/2 Hass Avocado, smooshed
1/4 Red Onion, sliced
1 Tbs Olive Oil
2 Tbs Red Wine Vinegar
Salt/Pepper to taste
Optional Protein: 1 Grilled Chicken Breast

How To: Combine all ingredients in a large bowl & toss until the avocado, oil & vinegar create a creamy dressing all over the salad. Who needs unhealthy ranch with this substitute!?

Why It's So Great: Avocados are full of the perfect amount of fatty acids, vitamins & antioxidants that are proven to help improve complexion and skin's hydration. Spinach does an excellent job of cleaning your skin from the inside - say goodbye to breakouts.

3. Twisted Caesar Salad
Ingredients: (Serving Size - 1)
Dressing:
1 Cup Mayonnaise
2 tsp Garlic, minced
1/2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
2 tsp Dijon Mustard
2 Tbs Fresh Lemon Juice
Salt/Pepper to taste
Salad:
2 Cups Romaine Lettuce
Small Handful Whole Wheat Croutons
1 Batch Dressing (ingredients listed above)
1 Tbs Parmesan Cheese, freshly grated (optional)
Optional Protein: 1 Grilled Chicken Breast

How To: Toss homemade dressing in a large bowl with the remaining ingredients. Reserve a little parmesan cheese to garnish. Chef's Tip: Prep the dressing in advance so your salad is quick & easy! 

Why It's So Great: Romaine lettuce leaves your skin with a healthy glow & revitalizes skin with it's rich supply of vitamins/nutrients. Lemon brightens dull looking skin. 

Meal Prep Tip: All of the salads above include an optional protein of grilled chicken. Take time out on your Sunday to prep for your week and grill up a few chicken breasts seasoned simply with just salt & pepper. Save the cooked chicken in a container in the refrigerator for ease throughout the week - trust us, it'll make your life super easy when creating your daily salad masterpieces. 

 

Akar Skin prides itself in sourcing highest grade natural ingredients that are organic, wild harvested or gathered from the Tibetan plateau. Being 100% natural means every Akar product is biocompatible with the body, enhancing your skin's ability to repair and renew itself. Indulge in nature's finest.

Experience a moment of tranquility in your self-care routine. Unwind and let Akar reveal your best skin. 

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