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20 Refreshing And Delicious Salad Recipes You Need This Summer

20 Refreshing And Delicious Salad Recipes You Need This Summer

Salads are the perfect thing to be eating this summer. Aside from the countless health benefits (lowers risk of developing cancer, aids weight loss) they also offer an abundance of flavor and are easy to make. Thanks to the marvelous World Wide Web, we are no longer stuck with just some lettuce on a plate—there are so many delicious recipes out there. Enjoy!

1. Mango Slaw with Cashews and Mint

Mango Slaw

    What could be more refreshing than some sweet mango and lime in your salad?  With no cooking required, this recipe is simple and delicious.

    2. Superfood Salad

    Superfood salad

      Superfoods are all the rage at the moment, and why wouldn’t they be when you can have your vitamins, minerals and antioxidants all on one plate?  Serve this delicious salad with grilled chicken or fish, and you have yourself one very healthy meal.

      3. Grilled Balsamic Portobello Mushroom & Steak Salad

      Grilled balsamic and portobello steak

        This mouth watering salad is the perfect alternative to a steak sandwich.  With no refined grains and all of the flavor, you’re sure to impress your friends when you whip this one out at your next BBQ.

        4. Green Tabouli

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        Green Tabouli

          This no-fuss recipe will make the perfect addition to your lunch box.  As Chef Teresa Cutter tells us, it’s “full of alkalinising, anti-inflamatory and anti-cancer phytonutrients called sulforaphane that work to support optimum health and protect against disease.”  Plus it tastes delicious!

          5. Classic Greek Salad

          Greek salad

            You can’t go wrong with a classic Greek Salad.  Filled with ingredients everybody loves (tomato, cucumber, onion and olives), this salad is perfect on it’s own or accompanied by your favorite grilled meat.

            6. Avocado Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

            Strawberry-and-Avocado-Spinach-Salad1

              Strawberries in my salad? Yes please! This recipe is extremely simple and is sure to freshen you up on a hot summer day.

              7. Broccoli Salad with Bacon, Raisins, and Cheddar Cheese

              brocolli salad

                I love bacon—even more when it’s combined with sweet and savory flavors in this salad. Make sure you try this perfect combination of broccoli, bacon, raisins and cheese.

                8. Puy Lentil, Spiced Roast Carrot & Feta Salad

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                Lentil salad

                  This salad is the perfect choice if you are looking to increase your fiber and iron intake.  It may take a little longer to prepare, but it’s worth the wait.

                  9. Everyday Green Chopped Salad

                  Everyday green salad

                    Sometimes the simpler the better.  This one from Jamie Oliver is a great way to balance your plate with some greens.  You can make it into a complete meal by adding some grilled chicken, tinned tuna or salmon.

                    10. BLT Chopped Salad with Corn, Feta + Avocado

                    BLT salad

                      This one has my favorite ingredients in it: bacon, feta, avocado and corn.  Tear up some whole-wheat wraps, place them in the oven for a few minutes and the use them to scoop this salad up.  You’ll have a party of flavors in your mouth!

                      11. Pad Thai Salad with Coconut Lime Dressing

                      Pad Thai Salad

                        I can’t wait to try this one. The coconut lime dressing has really got me excited.  The best part about it is that it lasts for about 3 days.  This means you could whip up a batch on a Sunday and then have it for lunch throughout the week.

                        12. Green Goddess Chicken Salad

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                        Green Goddess Chicken Salad

                          Who would have thought a salad could have so much history?  Apparently the green goddess dressing used in this recipe was created in the 1920s as a tribute to an actor. With a mix of mayonnaise, sour cream, herbs, anchovies and lemon, it’s still just as delicious today.

                          13. Fennel and Pear Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette

                          Fennel & Pear salad

                            Here’s another simple yet sophisticated salad that’s perfect for any get-together.  Again, you can make up a batch and have it on hand all week.  So easy and convenient.

                            14. Roasted Sweet Potato, Quinoa and Kale Salad

                            Sweet Potato and Kale

                              Are you hooked on the kale craze?  I certainly am! And with delicious salads like this, it’s easy to see what everyone is raving about.

                              15. Green Garden Salad

                              Green Garden Salad

                                This one is a perfect accompaniment to fish or salmon.  It’s a great way to get your hit of greens and it’s so easy; you can have it ready in less than 5 minutes.

                                16. Mediterranean Rice Salad Recipe

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                                Mediterranean Rice Salad

                                  There are days when a basic salad just won’t cut it, and this is when I love using hearty recipes like this one. With brown rice, spinach leaves, cucumber, onion, olives and pine nuts, its absolutely delicious!

                                  17. Red Cabbage and Apple Salad with Ginger Vinaigrette

                                  Red Cabbage Salad

                                    This one you can have ready in under 20 minutes, and I am loving the combination of apple, cabbage and ginger.  It’s perfect for those days when you feel like something a little sweeter.

                                    18. Nicoise Salad

                                    Nicoise Salad

                                      They say the best salads are the ones you make yourself, and I can not wait to try this one! Make it vegan by replacing the eggs and tuna with cooked cannelloni or broad beans.

                                      19. Cucumber and Baby Pea Salad

                                      Cucumber & Baby Pea Salad

                                        If you’re not a fan of lettuce, this one is perfect for you.  It’s just cucumbers, peas, parsley, basil and tangy yogurt.  Very tasty.

                                        20. Spinach and Smoked Salmon Salad with Lemon-Dill Dressing

                                        Spinach and Smoked Salmon Salad with Lemon-Dill Dressing

                                          Last but certainly not least is one of my favorites.  I can’t get enough of smoked salmon and this one is perfectly combined with spinach leaves, cucumber and dill. Trust me; it was hard to narrow it down to 20.  Check out more here. Making your own salad and not sure what dressing to put on it?  Get inspired here.

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                                          Last Updated on January 17, 2019

                                          8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                          8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                          In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                                          Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                                          Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                                          Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                                          Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                                          The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                                          There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                                          How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                                          According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                                          Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                                          Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                                          The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                                          Listen carefully:

                                          We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                                          The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                                          Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                                          8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                                          There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                                          Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                                          1. Pray Daily

                                          You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                                          When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                                          Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                                          Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                                          2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                                          A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                                          By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                                          Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                                          If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                                          This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                                          How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                                          3. Smile Often

                                          Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                                          Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                                          Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                                          The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                                          4. Organize Your Working Desk

                                          A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                                          When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                                          Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                                          Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                                          5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                                          I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                                          Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                                          What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                                          6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                                          God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                                          I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                                          I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                                          7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                                          You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                                          How do you do that? This is my formula:

                                          First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                                          If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                                          If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                                          If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                                          Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                                          8. Go Exercise

                                          Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                                          The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                                          You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                                          12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                                          The Bottom Line

                                          It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                                          It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                                          Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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