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My Favorite Healthy Soup & Salad Recipes for Summer 2024

We have been busy in the kitchen developing the most delectable dishes over the past few months, and I’m thrilled to share my favorite summer recipe lineup with you. These six soups and salads are ideal for the hotter months (but, honestly, they’re so good I could eat them all year long!). As temperatures rise, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a refreshing Green Gazpacho or a hearty Summer Minestrone to fuel your body and mind. Indulge in the crunch of a Broccoli Pistachio Salad or savor the delicate balance of a Peach Cucumber Salad, perfect for those hot days when light, juicy bites are all you crave. Or enhance your well-being with a Hormone-Healthy Vegan Caesar Salad and elevate your vibe with a specially curated Mood-Boosting Salad. These recipes aren’t just delicious—they’re packed with nutrients to support your health all summer long. So, whichever one(s) you choose to recreate, there is no going wrong. I’ll be making at least two of them for the 4th of July holiday this week! 

Soups

Green Gazpacho

Cool off with our refreshing summer Green Gazpacho, a vibrant twist on the classic chilled soup. Bursting with the crisp flavors of celery, bell pepper, and cucumber, this gazpacho gets a zesty kick from fresh jalapeño. Blended to perfection with a touch of honey for a hint of sweetness, and enriched with creamy cashew yogurt and toasted walnuts for a thick yet smooth, satiating texture. Plus, the nutrients of this dish are out of this world impressive – to touch on a few, walnuts provide vitamin E, magnesium, and potassium, while celery is loaded with vitamin K and dietary fiber. Honey is rich in antioxidants and has antibacterial properties. I know you will love this refreshing cold soup as much as I do.

Green Minestrone Soup 

This Green Minestrone has been one of the stars of my EG Kitchen Summer S.O.U.P. Cleanse menu so far – and for good reason! As you can see from the photo, it is overflowing with fresh green veg like zucchini, asparagus, green beans, kale, and peas that will work to amplify your health from the inside out. It also contains navy beans, which are loaded with iron. But this recipe isn’t just incredibly nutrient-dense, it also tastes phenomenal. The aromatic basil and tart lemon will make your mouth water in the best way, while the leeks provide a comforting mild sweetness. I will be eating this dish on repeat all summer long. 

Broccoli Pistachio Soup

Not to toot my own horn, but … TOOT TOOT! I think I’ve found the world’s most delicious ingredient combination, and it is broccoli and pistachio. As if that perfect pairing wasn’t enough, the refreshing hint of lemon and rosemary is sure to elicit cravings for the rest of the summer and beyond. This creamy green Broccoli & Pistachio Soup is so easy to make. And it contains powerful nutrients like vitamins C, K, and A, as well as potassium, calcium, and iron. Trust me on this one, you’ll want to make this soup ASAP. 

Salads

Peach Cucumber Salad

I know I just said that broccoli and pistachio is the most delicious ingredient combination of all time, but if the flavor blend of peach and cucumber isn’t tied for first, then it sure as heck is a close second. This Peach Cucumber Salad is so simple, it only contains eight ingredients. It’s ideal for any family members who claim not to enjoy salads since the base is peaches rather than the standard leafy greens. Peaches and cucumbers offer refreshing hydration, keeping your body cool and your electrolytes restored. Cherry tomatoes boast countless antioxidants, while avocados supply essential heart-healthy fats.

Hormone Healthy Vegan Caesar Salad

In today’s high-stress world, hormonal health is more important than ever, influencing everything from our mood to our metabolism. While many factors contribute to hormonal balance, one often overlooked aspect is diet. That’s why the nutrient-rich ingredients in this Hormone Healthy Vegan Caesar Salad were specially selected to help promote hormonal harmony. Kale contains a significant amount of B vitamins, Vitamin C, and antioxidants, all of which help counteract free-radical damage, reduce systemic inflammation, and balance cortisol levels. Avocados contain plant sterols, which can help block estrogen absorption and promote progesterone production – both are processes that can contribute to hormone balance. As if that wasn’t reason enough to make this dish yourself, the vegan Caesar dressing included as part of the recipe is phenomenal. 

Mood-Boosting Salad

Speaking of mood, did you know that the foods we eat can directly impact the way we feel mentally? I’m sure you’ve experienced the comedown after binging a greasy meal or the jitters after tossing back a couple of cups of coffee. But I’m talking about more than that. Food profoundly affects mood through its impact on gut health and serotonin levels. The gut’s microbiome, which communicates with the brain, produces the majority of the body’s serotonin, which is crucial for regulating mood, sleep, and appetite. Diets rich in fiber, probiotics, and prebiotics support a healthy gut and serotonin production, promoting better mental well-being. This Mood-Boosting Salad is loaded with gut-healing ingredients like arugula, quinoa, sweet potato, and seaweed, as well as probiotic-rich sauerkraut. You (and your beneficial gut microbes) are guaranteed to feel amazing after eating this summer salad!

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If you’re sitting here thinking, “Hmm, these recipes look delicious, but I just do not have the energy to make them myself,” you are in luck. Some of them are featured on the EG Kitchen Summer S.O.U.P. Cleanse menu. You can sign up to have them and similar seasonly delightful recipes delivered right to your door. You can learn more and sign up here.

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