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we’re experiencing a bit of a heat wave on the west coast right now, although it’s not as hot as it’s been in recent summers.  when it’s hot, I start to crave really light and refreshing snacks and meals, which is why summer is when I end up eating lots of salads…but I quickly get bored with the normal ‘lettuce with veggies with protein’ thing.  so I try to mix it up a little and here’s a few of my faves…

– slice an avocado and layer with slices of a tomato (and slices of fresh mozzarella for the non-vegans!).  top with fresh basil and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  you can also add green onions if you want. it’s a summery version of a caprese salad! if you want it really fresh use lemon juice in place of vinegar.

– toss (chilled) couscous, cherry tomatoes and garbanzo beans with a little olive oil, lemon juice and salt and pepper.  feel free to add some basil or even mint!

– throw together any berries you like (it’s berry season!) with any nuts you like and some dark leafy greens.  Delicious!

– toss thinly sliced cucumber with toasted sesame seeds and a little soy sauce and rice vinegar.  feel free to add some sliced onions if you like!  makes a great snack.

– mix together black beans (can be canned), corn and chopped jicama, tomatoes and green onions.  dress it with lime juice, cumin, basil and cilantro.  perfect for a potluck or a bbq.

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