This recipe is sponsored by Natural Grocers, a natural and organic grocery store I shop at frequently and love! All opinions in this post are my own!
I don’t know what happened when I turned 31, but I began craving veggies WAY more than before. Out with the meat, in with the greens. Well, not totally out with the meat. I still want protein with every meal, but now my plate is loaded with way more color, flavor, and crunch. Especially in the summer where cooking or baking becomes such a hassle in the heat. You’ll probably notice that the blog will be littered with veggie recipes in the next couple weeks since that’s all I’m craving. EAT YOUR VEGGIES, PEOPLE!
And luckily Natural Grocers has all the in season produce you’ll need to make fresh side dishes, salads, and snacks this summer! This year I have partnered with Natural Grocers to show you everything that this amazing grocery store has to offer. Something I love most about them is that you can trust the products they are selling because they are STRICT when it comes to the brands they put on their shelves. In the store, you’ll find 100% organic produce, 100% pasture-based dairy, 100% free-range eggs, and 100% conscientiously and humanely raised meats. Simply put, Natural Grocers makes it easy to shop in their store. They are just awesome!
But Natural Grocers offers more than just delicious, in-season food! They offer Nutritional Health Coaches in store to help you address your own health goals. I wish I would have had this when I was first starting out with eating healthy because I felt so lost. You can schedule a FREE 1-hour health coaching session with a Health Coach which will be followed by a 30-minute store tour to help create a personalized plan specific to your needs and goals! Natural Grocers wants their customers to find the healthiest version of themselves through the products they sell, the Nutritional Coaches they have on staff, and the events they regularly host!
I made this recipe entirely from produce and products I found at Natural Grocers! In case you didn’t know, right now watermelon, carrots, celery, cucumber, garlic, radishes, and fresh herbs are all in season! That means it’s time to load up on any and all produce to make huge fruit and veggie salads! Then all you need is a little dressing to go on top. This time around, I created a Thai-style dressing to go on top, since I’ve been craving Asian flavors lately!
I’m so excited because this coming Saturday, I’m hosting my first event with Natural Grocers in Denver! Hopefully you were able to grab a spot when I announced it because the spots filled up REAL fast! Most likely because I mentioned the grab bags. People love free stuff. And we have A LOT of it for you all that are coming!! But if you can’t make the event, I’ll be sharing a recap on the blog afterwards with all the brands that sponsored the event along with a digital coupon that you can use in-store! So excited for event and to meet with everyone who is coming! Hope you guys love this recipe and don’t forget – EAT YOUR VEGGIES!!
For the salad
- 1 small watermelon, cubed
- ½ large English cucumber, quartered
- 1 medium carrot, quartered
- 1 stalk of celery, sliced
- 3 small radishes, thinly sliced
- 1 medium orange bell pepper, chopped
- 2 green onions, chopped
- ¼ cup lightly packed cilantro, roughly chopped (plus extra for garnish)
- 8 mint leaves, roughly chopped (plus extra for garnish)
- ¼ teaspoon fine salt
- ¼ cup cashews, finely chopped
For the dressing
- Combine all watermelon, vegetables, and herbs in a large serving bowl. Sprinkle with salt and mix to combined.
- Place all ingredients for the dressing in a large jar and shake until completely combined.
- When ready to serve, pour the dressing on top of the watermelon salad, mix to combined, then top with chopped cashews and garnish with fresh cilantro and mint leaves. Serve immediately.
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