Summer Berry Salad with Lemon Chia Dressing
This colorful and refreshing salad is perfect for summer afternoons and evenings. Fresh, seasonal berries offer up sweet and juicy flavor, while also providing a concentrated source of beneficial antioxidants and phytonutrients. Chia seeds provide energy in the form of healthy fats (including anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids) and plant-based protein. Serve this salad as a starter, side dish, or light summer meal. It’s also great for parties!
1 cup strawberries, sliced
1 cup blueberries
1 cucumber, diced (about 1 cup)
½ cup sunflower kernels
¼ cup (loose) fresh basil, chopped
1 lemon, zest and juice
2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
1 Tbs. chia seeds
1 tsp. honey (or maple syrup if vegan)
1 Tbs. water
Salt and pepper to taste
Combine salad ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Whisk together dressing ingredients in a separate bowl and then toss with salad immediately before serving.
Omega-3 fatty acids
Reduce inflammatory process in cells, tissues, and blood vessels, helping to slow aging and reduce risk of long-term disease.
Prevents and repairs oxidative damage to cells caused by free radicals.
Support the body’s resistance to infection and strengthen immune vigilance and response.
Improves mood, memory, and focus.
Reduces risk factors for common degenerative and age-related diseases.