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I have to cut back on the sheer amount of calories I’ve been consuming since the serious training ended. Those tasty little fruit/nut bars can really add up to a lot of extra calories if you’re not burning them off! So, it’s back to summer fare: vegetables, fruits and lots of lean protein. One of my favorite summer salads is from Giada De Laurentiis and I encourage you to give it a try:

Summer Chopped Salad

Ingredients:

  • EVOO for drizzling (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
  • 1 head of romaine, cut lengthwise into quarters
  • 1 ear of corn, shucked
  • 2 zucchini, sliced lengthwise
  • 12 extra large shrimp or 2 chicken breasts
  • ½ head of butter lettuce, torn
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 avocado, diced

Dressing:

  • 3 Tbls fresh lemon juice
  • 3 Tbls EVOO
  • 1 T honey
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper

Steps:

  1. Drizzle olive oil over romaine, corn, zucchini and shrimp or chicken
  2. Season with salt and pepper
  3. Grill the romaine, turning occasionally, until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes
  4. Coarsely chop the grilled lettuce and place in salad bowl
  5. Grill the corn and zucchini for 2 minutes on all sides until tender
  6. Remove kernels from the corn and add to bowl
  7. Chop zucchini into ½ inch pieces and add to bowl
  8. Grill shrimp for about 2-3 minutes each side until cooked through
  9. Cool slightly and cut into ½ inch pieces
  10. Add chopped shrimp, butter lettuce, tomatoes and avocado to the bowl Whisk dressing and drizzle over salad.
  11. Season with salt and pepper

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