Perfect Summer Dinner Salad

by Susan on July 14, 2014

Perfect Hearty Summer Dinner Salad

I am not even going to pretend. I am overwhelmed! We are moving into our new house, well 2 rooms of our new house in only 11 days and I honestly don’t know how we are going to pull it off. Our garages (that we were going to move our stuff into) are filled with construction materials, windows, and the like. The room that will be our temporary bedroom still has gapping holes in the ceiling, no carpet on the cement floors and holes in the walls, everywhere. It is going to be an interesting week up there as I know the builder is trying his hardest to get something for us to live in. 

I have decided to let go and treat this as an adventure. I will take care of the things I can and let go of the things I can’t. It is going to be crazy but fun. It’s all in your attitude, right?

Making meals has almost become a joke at my house. My poor sweetie is used to lovely dinners almost every day of the week. Now, after spending the entire day chasing after tiles, paint colors, doors, and pretty much everything else required in the design of this home, and trying to work on top of that, dinner time comes and I have nothing left. “What’s for dinner?” is usually met with a blank stare.

I know many of you are so busy raising kids, working your butts off at jobs and taking care of your families, friends, or just yourself. Our lives have gotten unbelievably busy. At the end of the day, it is great to have a quick salad that you can just throw together and put on the table without too much effort.

This is one of my favorite salads at this time of year. Corn, tomatoes, and avocados are all in season and tasting delicious. This salad is accented with black beans and a chipotle dressing, which are completely optional if you want to keep it raw or lower in fat. I am going to break up the recipe for you so that you can serve it any way you wish. And feel free to be creative with it and add your own touch!

Perfect Hearty Summer Dinner Salad @Rawmazing

You can stop half way through this recipe if you want a lower-fat, completely raw version. This is shown with the beans added but not the dressing. 

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vicky July 14, 2014 at 10:18 am

What is CHIPOTLE ?


Catherine Purple July 14, 2014 at 1:03 pm

Thanks. I was scrambling for something for dinner tonight. This will be a crowd pleaser.


Jodi July 15, 2014 at 12:10 am

I know exactly the feeling you describe because that design/ construction project you have going is my daily life! It’s hectic, unpredictable, with constant fires to be put out to keep the job(s) going. Multiply that by several jobs at once and dinner time usually means the same blank stare. We just moved too and after eating way too many meals out that really just don’t cut it, I’m craving these make ahead salads to keep on hand. This one looks especially delicious! Thanks! And hang in there!!


Blanka July 15, 2014 at 9:06 am

Oh yum! Super inspiring, can’t wait to try the dressing – thank you. And good luck!!


Becky July 15, 2014 at 9:13 pm

This sounds so refreshing and delicious! I think the dressing could be great on a few other salads that I make too! Vicky, I believe she is refering to chipotle chili powder – found by the other spices. Please let me know if i’m wrong Susan. Thanks for the great recipe!


Nagareboshi July 16, 2014 at 7:22 am

That looks so delicious!!!


Thalia @ butter and brioche July 16, 2014 at 11:24 pm

that is a killer chipotle dressing! i just made it.. and it is soo good. thanks for sharing an awesome recipe!


Carmen July 17, 2014 at 5:04 am

I think I am in love with your blog. All these recipes look AMAZING!


Amanda - Create N Plate July 17, 2014 at 3:30 pm

This looks awesome!! Good luck with the move!


Petra August 5, 2014 at 3:55 am

Susan, I can really understand you because this is my everyday reality: I’m working all day long and then coming home totally tired not even thinking of cooking… My husband is eating at work and the kids at school, but it would be also nice to have a dinner with them where we can talk about how was the day and so on… The good thing about living in Toronto is, that there are several raw restaurants which are still affordable and have delicious meals so from time to time we prefer to go out and have a relaxed family evening. Another plus is, that we know the right places to get really high quality food using ingredients grown by local farmers that looks so fabulous! So this is my “solution”, but of course only for the busy days because if I have a bit more time, I love to spend it in the kitchen :)


Isabel August 27, 2014 at 9:15 am

Hey, it looks like a great recipe! I have a question regarding the dressing:
The cashew nuts, it sais “soak for at least 6 hours”, ok, in what? Please, someone, help me out here, I’m new in all this cooking experience.
Thank you


Susan August 30, 2014 at 12:25 pm

Hi, Isabel, We traditionally soak nuts and seeds in water. Cheers!


Nathalie August 28, 2014 at 5:53 am

Looks like a brilliant salad, I’m glad you can make it as a raw version too. However i do love paprika, so sounds like a delicious chipotle. Thanks for sharing this!


Susan August 30, 2014 at 12:24 pm

You are welcome, Nathalie. Cheers!


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