The Perfect Summer Side Dish

I’m all for meals made within 30 minutes especially during the hot weather. Who wants to slave in the kitchen cooking away when it is so nice outside? This is a perfect example of a side dish using in season vegetables that can be made quickly and will be consumed in no time.

Say Hello To The Asparagus Tomato Feta Salad

asparagus feta salad

Ingredients for the salad

1 bunch of asparagus

6 cups halved cherry tomatoes in varied colors (has anyone tried Axiany tomatoes recently? They are absolutely DELICIOUS!!!!! The tomatoes are worth checking out  because they totally add another level of flavour and texture to the salad)

1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

 1 cup sliced basil leaves

Ingredients for the dressing

 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

2 teaspoons lemon juice

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

 Preparation

  1. Boil a large pot of salted water for 2 minutes. Once water is boiled, blanch asparagus.
  2. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  3. Mix asparagus with remaining ingredients in a large bowl
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, kosher salt and pepper
  5. Pour dressing over salad and mix well.

**To complete the meal, add 1/2- 1 c of chickpeas OR add a piece of baked chicken breast OR 1/2 a can of light flaked tuna. If you decided to have 1/2 a can of light flaked tuna, feel free to mix in 1/4 of a standard avocado.

Asparagus is a good source of prebiotics.

asparagus

What are prebiotics you ask?

Prebiotics help probiotics function better. Probiotics are the good bacteria found in your gut to help with digestion and/or immune system.  Aside from asparagus, good sources of prebiotics include: garlic, onions, leeks, bananas, whole grains, dandelion greens and apples.

This is why it is important to never cut any one food out of your diet. Every food really does have a purpose. It’s a matter of how much and when you should eat something.

 

 

 

Food For Thought:

Will you make a conscious effort to make sure you have incorporate a food source of prebiotics in your daily diet? 

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