French food doesn’t need to be all heavy sauces and rich meaty stews. This light and bright salad is packed with the flavors of summer, and a few extra touches make it feel special enough for entertaining. Sherry vinegar and Dijon mustard bring acidity to this dish, and lend a distinctly Parisian flavor profile. Vinegar also stimulates your digestion and gives your body’s detoxifying systems a boost. Beets, the star of this salad, deliver vitamin C, fiber, potassium, and manganese. They’re also a rich source of the B vitamin folate, essential for expectant mothers. Fennel is also a nutritional powerhouse, helping to lower cholesterol and boost digestion. To round out this meal, serve it alongside your favorite protein. Grilled salmon, shrimp, or chicken would be a delicious accompaniment, and can be seasoned with any extra vinaigrette you have leftover.
This bright and summery salad bursts with fresh summer produce, and it’s the perfect way to showcase a farmer’s market haul. A rift on the classic Greek salad, this one incorporates sweet watermelon and corn to play off the traditional tomatoes and feta. Both tomatoes and watermelon are packed with lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that helps protect your skin from the sun. Watermelon and zucchini are both very hydrating, helping to offset any summer dehydration. Make up a big batch of this to enjoy for lunch the next day- it keeps well in the fridge.