RADISH, CUCUMBER + DILL SALAD

The cucumber + dill combination is so refreshing and I use it in a lot of the summer dishes I prepare. Cucumbers are high in water, vitamin C and silica which helps to keep your body hydrated and your skin moist and supple. They are great to eat in the summertime as they help to cool off the body from excess heat and restore balance.

Dill and parsley, the two herbs I used in this recipe, also have cooling properties and are very cleansing for the blood, so you should eat as much of them as you can this time of year.

Summer is the perfect time to clean up your diet and eat more veggies as there is an abundance of them all around. Veggie salads are delicious and easy to make. When you have a busy day ahead of you and have no time to cook, you can prepare healthy salads in advance by cutting up your favorite veggies and storing them in the fridge for a few hours or overnight. When you are ready to eat them, all you need to do is pour in the dressing, which can just be a simple mix of olive oil, lemon juice and sea salt. Adding in some avocado is always a great idea too as it provides extra healthy fat necessary for the proper absorption of the antioxidant nutrients found in your veggies.

I know you can’t wait to try this yummy salad so lets get started! It only takes five minutes to prepare but will leave you happy, healthy and satisfied. It is low in calories and high in nutrition — the perfect combination.

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Sylvia Alakusheva
Sylvia is a Boston-based yoga teacher, clinical nutritionist and holistic health coach. She is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) in NYC and holds a graduate degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. Sylvia is also certified as an Ayurvedic nutrition specialist and often applies the ancient principles of Ayurveda in her work with patients. Sylvia specializes in weight management, digestive health and elimination diets with a focus on gluten and dairy-free meal options. She is also passionate about women’s health and works to address hormonal imbalances and infertility through healthy diet, lifestyle and supplemental nutrition.