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Summer Spinach Salad

I love salad in the summer when it’s just too hot to cook. I’m always looking for ways to make creative new salads to stave off the boredom that can come from the classic salad of iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers.

Over the weekend, I made this beauty! My local farmer’s market had beautiful fresh spinach and some lovely baby portabella mushrooms. With just a few other ingredients I made this winner!

There’s no real measurements here, just throw the stuff in a bowl according to your taste.

Fresh spinach
Baby portabella mushrooms
Green apple
Goat cheese
Balsamic vinegar
Olive oil
Salt and pepper

Assemble and enjoy!

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I’ll say it again; EXPERIMENT! You can swap out ingredients and make this salad with whatever ingredients make you happy.

Like asparagus? Throw some in! My sister loves Craisins (I’m not a fan), but I bet they would pair nicely with the bite of the spinach and the creamy texture of the goat cheese. Want to make this a vegan salad? Skip the cheese or find a good vegan substitute.

Not a fan of green apples? Use red. Or, swap the apples for halved grapes.

The possibilities are endless!

Hope you enjoy this lovely salad. If you go ahead and make it for yourself, please tell me in the comments below how you liked it!

Be nice to yourself, be kind to yourself, and be well. And until next time – veg in, don’t veg out!

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Karen Ann Kennedy’s commitment to wellness and service is at the heart of her life and career. As a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, a decorated United States Army veteran, and a longtime Human Resources Director, it is only natural that Karen would launch The Caring Coaching Center, to support others in reaching their health, fitness, and lifestyle goals. As the company’s President, CEO, and “Coach in Chief,” Karen provides individual, group, and corporate health and wellness coaching that is flexible, fun, and free of denial. As Karen likes to say: “Little changes. BIG results!”

Thanks to her studies at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the world’s largest nutrition school, Karen is well versed in the importance of nutrition and healthy living. Karen also has extensive experience in compassionately coaching and counseling others through her work in human resources and volunteer management, having worked in this industry for over 20 years.

Karen shares her knowledge and passion for healthy living as a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Known for her bright smile, boundless energy, and approachability, Karen is an in-demand speaker who has presented training programs for many prestigious organizations and schools in the Philadelphia area, including The National Constitution Center, The Urban League of Philadelphia, Constitution High School, Planned Parenthood of New Jersey, The Penn Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, City Year of Greater Philadelphia, and the Upper Darby School District.

Karen is also a decorated veteran of the United States Army, serving her country for eight years including a tour of duty in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, and now residing in Ocean City, New Jersey, Karen offers Caring Coaching to clients nationwide. In addition to coaching, she loves cooking, marathon running, and writing her blog, Carrots Don’t Scream When You Boil Them.

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