Chimichurri Salad Dressing with Basil and Cilantro

Popular among many Latin and South American countries, Chimichurri is that wonderful, fresh sauce that brightens anything it comes in contact with. Traditionally made with olive oil, lots of fresh parsley, lemon, garlic and shallots, it's most often used as a sauce on grilled meats and fish. Making this salad dressing is SO simple and SO much healthier than store bought alternatives that may contain poor quality oil, preservatives, hidden sugars and food coloring. You don't have to get fancy, a simple splash of olive oil and balsamic will do! But, if you want to experiment, give this salad dressing a try!! You can also use this on top of grilled shrimp and seafood, red meats, and roasted mixed vegetables.

Black Bean Tacos with Avocado Cilantro-Lime Sauce

Who doesn’t love a good taco? Black beans paired with creamy cilantro-lime dressing make for the ideal healthy taco dinner! These nutrient-dense finger foods pack a powerful high-fiber and protein punch. The super-quick black bean filling is made in less than 5 minutes with just black beans, organic salsa, and cumin. Simple ingredients yet rich with a variety of nutritional elements and flavor components. Black beans are an abundant source of digestive and colon supportive elements including folate and fiber. Feel free to experiment with different south-of-the border spices like ancho chili or chipotle chili powder. You can also try different pre-made salsa mixes, just make sure they are organic and not loaded with food additives and chemicals – or you can make your own with jicama, mango, cilantro… the possibilities are endless! Serve with a veggie-rich side salad for a complete meal.

Thai Ginger Kale Goodness

Kale is a powerhouse green leafy superfood loaded with Vitamin K, A, and C. Its natural crunchiness is blended with aromatic Thai flavors of creamy coconut, spicy ginger, and zesty lime to liven the dish and have you thinking you just ordered out at your favorite Thai restaurant. Coconut milk helps increase the bioavailability of kale’s fat-soluble vitamins, while the natural sweetness and the brightness of lime help eliminate kale’s natural bitterness. Baby bella mushrooms and garbanzo beans boost cancer-protective properties and complete the protein and phytonutrient balance of this dish. Can be made as a meatless-monday (or any day) meal or served as a side dish. It's a breeze to create and one that will have you craving its flavors on a weekly basis.

Avocado and Mango Salad

This Mexican-inspired mango and avocado salad comes together in just 20 minutes, making it perfect for a summery weeknight meal or "company" food. The flavor combination of mango's tropical burst, avocado's creamy decadence, and the rich smokey spice of cumin and chili powders makes this a "must-bring" to any social event. Consider this hot, tart, tangy, and sweet! (ps. Vibrant Method recommends swapping out Agave Nectar for real, raw Honey).

Vibrant Summer Salad with Watermelon and Cherry Tomatoes

Vibrant Method “Approved Recipe” sourced from Healthy Mind Cookbook.

This salad has always been a crowd favorite at outdoor cookouts with friends. Both watermelon and tomatoes are loaded with lycopene, a well-known antioxidant that protects the brain’s high fat content. Lycopene may also play a role in the growth of the brain. A little lime juice and cilantro provide a nice zesty note for this dish, playing well off the slightly briny creaminess of the feta cheese.