Foodie Friday: Simple Summer Salad (GF + V)

Foodie Friday: Simple Summer Salad (GF + V)

I’m not going to lie, basically every Friday morning when my alarm goes off, I silently celebrate that this will not be me the next day. I yank myself out of bed because I’m exhausted by the end of the week–but at least it’s Friday! Tomorrow I can do XYZ, tomorrow I can sleep without an alarm, tomorrow I can be lazy at home…Saturday is the best day, but Friday happy vibes definitely aren’t too shabby either! I will continue to pass along the good Friday vibes with a simple, delicious, gluten free, and vegan summer salad for you! Keep the happy Friday vibes going, my friends! Spread the joy!

Simple Summer Salad (Makes 4 entrees/6 sides)

Ingredients:

Ing Simple Summer Salad

  • 1/2 package brown rice noodles
  • 2 cups roasted eggplant (I roasted an eggplant the day before)
  • 1 can sweet corn, unsalted
  • 3 small tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 bunch green onion
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced 
  • 1 handful of sprouts

Directions:

  • Cook pasta according to packaging instructions, drain and rinse thoroughly
  • Add all ingredients minus the green onion to a large bowl and stir to combine
  • Dice green onion and set aside, make salad sauce

Sauce Ingredients:

Sauce Simple Summer Salad

  • 1/3 cup plain unsweetened coconut milk yogurt
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/3 teaspoon parsley
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Sauce Directions:

  • Place avocado in a food processor, pulse a few times until avocado breaks up.
  • Zest 1/2 the lemon then juice entire lemon in to avocado mixture
  • Add remaining ingredients to food processor and process until thick and creamy, stirring until sauce is smooth
  • Add water until sauce is desired consistency (I added two tablespoons of water)

Simply Summer Salad processor

Putting it Together:

  • Combine sauce with noodle/veggie mixture and stir until evenly coated
  • Top with green onion and cracked pepper

Simple Summer Salad Complete

  • Refrigerate 15-30 minutes until pasta salad is cooled completely
  • Enjoy! 

Simple Summer Salad plated

I hope that you have a great weekend filled with no alarm clocks, unscheduled meal times, relaxation, and lots of love and fun! I’ll be back with another post on Monday. Until Monday, happy salad mixing! 

Do you feel happier on Fridays? Do you set an alarm on weekends? 

Tell me in the comments below!

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24 thoughts on “Foodie Friday: Simple Summer Salad (GF + V)

  1. I LOVE pasta salads, because they are chilled, crunchy and so delicious! I would love to try something like this. The wonderful thing about Fridays is that I get to do more baking and cooking usually!

    • Yes, love pasta salads too! Baking and cooking days are the best–i usually try and do that on Sunday afternoons. Hope youre having a great weekend!

  2. I have never been a big fan of a pasta salad. I think it’s the dressing that I don’t like about it. But this one seriously sounds delicious! I will have to try this the next time we go to a barbeque! And, I’m totally with you on Fridays! I’m always celebrating. I even start Thursday night and keep telling myself, “only 8 more hours of work”!

    • Yes, I’m the same way with the work countdowns too haha!This avocado based dressing is not your typical vinegar-y pasta salad dressing. Hope you give it a whirl!

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