July-Cool As A Cucumber

By on July 1, 2011

By Holly Clegg –

Summer is officially here and with it brings the heat! Cool down with the crunchy cucumber – a low calorie vegetable high in nutritious potassium and vitamin K. I am going to share with you one of my favorite trim&TERRIFIC® cucumber recipes, sure to excite your taste buds while cooling you off this summer. Hearts of Palm Salad–a refreshing blend of summer vegetables in a light and healthy vinaigrette and it’s even better the next day after it has soaked in the marinade!

Not familiar with hearts of palm? They are very low in calories and cholesterol while being a good source of fiber, vitamin C, and potassium. They often come canned so remember to rinse and drain to reduce sodium. Cucumbers, celery and hearts of palm with this light vinaigrette and the pop of Feta is one to put on your list. Roasted garlic, red pepper, or basil and oregano – use a variety of seasoned rice vinegars to splash on flavor!

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Hearts of Palm Salad from Holly Clegg’s trim&TERRIFIC® Gulf Coast Favorites cookbook
Simple and interesting grouping of hearts of palm, celery, cucumber, and feta presents a new light invigorating salad option.

Makes about 4 (1/2-cup) servings

1 cup chopped hearts of palm
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped cucumber, cored and peeled
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon NAKANO seasoned rice vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese

1. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients, except the feta, and mix well.
2. Toss with the feta and serve.

Nutritional information per serving: Calories 65, Calories from fat (%) 63, Fat (g) 5, Saturated Fat (g) 1, Cholesterol (mg) 3, Sodium (mg) 292, Carbohydrate (g) 4, Dietary Fiber (g) 1, Sugars (g) 1, Protein (g) 3, Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1 fat

Holly Clegg, author of best-selling trim&TERRIFIC® cookbook series, including the women’s lifestyle cookbook, Too Hot in the Kitchen: Secrets to Sizzle at Any Age, and also the specialized trim&TERRIFIC® Diabetic Cooking and Eating Well Through Cancer. With 1 million copies sold, Holly has promoted her healthy lifestyle recipes on Fox & Friends, NBC Weekend Today, and The 700 Club. Known as the healthy “Queen of Quick,” she understands the demands of the busy person and with her user friendly, pantry friendly, and time friendly cookbooks. For more information, visit http://www.hollyclegg.com/ or http://thehealthycookingblog.com/.

About Holly Clegg

With over 1 million cookbooks sold, Holly Clegg, known as the “Queen of Quick” has become a healthy culinary expert on practical easy, healthy recipes through her best-selling trim&TERRIFIC® cookbook series, including the more health focused cookbooks, Diabetic Cooking with the ADA, Eating Well Through Cancer and Eating Well to Fight Arthritis. Clegg has appeared on Fox & Friends, NBC Weekend Today, The 700 Club, QVC, USA Today, Web MD, The Huffington Post. She has partnered with Wal-Mart and is currently working with Albertsons, Inc., Baylor Hospital in Dallas, OmniChannel Health Media and has a partnership with Our Lady of Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge. Her phone app, Mobile Rush Hour Recipes has over 50,000 subscribers. Visit www.hollyclegg.com or http://thehealthycookingblog.com

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July-Cool As A Cucumber