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Mediterranean Summer Salad with goat cheese feta
Mediterranean Summer Salad with goat cheese feta

Check out our Summer Salad Round Up and vote for your favorite in the comment section below.

Grilled Asparagus with Cashew Feta
Summer Coleslaw
Farmers Market Salad
Consciously Creamy Potato Salad
Cucumber Radish Salad

I also have a new recipe to share with you today and one that I hope you’ll add to your summertime salad rotation.

Check out my Mediterranean Summer Salad with Goat Cheese Feta recipe!

Love tomatoes? Love goat cheese? Put the two together and you’re going to LOVE this salad.

This tasty salad falls into our 80:20 category for two simple – and easy-to-modify to make cleanse-friendly – reasons.

First, are the tomatoes, which are nightshades and can contribute to inflammation, aches and pains in the joints. While we keep nightshades off of our pates during the Conscious Cleanse, if you don’t suffer with any of the above, tomatoes are super delicious this time of year!

Tomatoes are best when local, fresh and organic and here’s a fun fact for you:

Did you know that tomatoes have been proven to have UV protective properties?

Tomatoes are high in the antioxidant lycopene, which has UV protecting properties helping shield us from the sun. A study at Newcastle University looked at the skin of 20 women, half of whom were given 55g of tomato paste (five tablespoons) with 10g of olive oil every day for 12 weeks. The results showed that the women who consumed tomatoes were better protected against UV radiation.

Now you can protect your body from sunburn from the inside out! (Psst, and don’t forget the sunscreen too).

The second reason this is an 80:20 salad is because of the feta cheese – and what mediterranean cuisine would be complete without feta cheese?! We’re all about ditching dairy, but sometimes you need a little creamy treat. This recipe calls for goat cheese feta, which is always my pick over regular feta and usually a bit easier for most people to digest.

Do you have a favorite summertime salad? Tell me about it in the comments below and don’t forget to vote!

With summer salad love,

Mediterranean Summer Salad with Goat Cheese Feta

Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients:

2 pre-grilled chicken breasts, diced*
1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
1 cucumber, diced
1 pint cherry tomatoes, chopped
1/4 cup fresh basil, cut into thin ribbons
1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup Kalamata olives, pitted
2 TB. Ume plum vinegar
1 TB. apple cider vinegar
1 TB olive oil
1 tsp. honey
Zest of 2 lemons
Juice of half a lemon
½ cup goat feta cheese**
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste


Directions:
In a large salad bowl, add chicken*, romaine, cucumber, tomatoes, basil, onion and olives. Toss and set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together vinegars, olive oil, honey, zest and lemon juice.

Pour dressing over salad and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper if desired.

Refrigerate for 5-10 minutes to allow the flavors to develop. Top with goat cheese feta**.

*Variation: Plant lovers can skip the grilled chicken in place of 1 can garbanzo beans, rinsed.

**Not a goat cheese fan? Try our Cashew “Feta” Cheese

Jo Schaalman and Julie Peláez are co-authors of the book The Conscious Cleanse: Lose Weight, Heal Your Body, and Transform Your Life in 14 Days, a best-selling, step-by-step guide to help you live your most vibrant life. Together they've lead thousands of people through their online supported cleanse through their accessible and light-hearted approach. They've been dubbed “the real deal” by founder and chief creative director Bobbi Brown, of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, beauty editor of the TODAY show. 

To learn more about “Jo and Jules” and to download a free e-cookbook for a sampling of the delicious food served up on the Conscious Cleanse, please visit their website. 

After you make this yummy recipe try a healing yoga class with Jo or Jules:

Conscious Cleanse Detox FlowJo Schaalman

Heart Opening Forrest Yoga Flow - Jo Schaalman

Traditional Hot YogaJulie Peláez

 


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