Summer Yogi Salad

Biking to and from free Yoga (courtesy of the Running Yogis!) at the Georgetown lululemon last night provided the sweat-overload that the unheated class did not. A mere 6 miles on the bike should never be that taxing, but Summer has its point to prove.

The absolute last thing I would’ve done is turn on the oven to cook/bake. Our kitchen is narrow and cozy – cute? Yes. Airy and Open? Not so much.

We barely avoided the cereal-for-dinner trap, instead deciding to use up the last of our salad greens (spinach leaves & lettuce) to fill up on real nutrients.

{Simple} Summer Strawberry Salad

Perfectly refreshing after a hot summer workout – whether your version of that involves heated vinyasa, cycling, running, etc.

Strawberries, sliced
Cucumber, sliced
Pecans, crushed
Tofu (sautéed in olive oil)
Salad greens
Balsamic Vinaigrette

Measurements are up to you – fill up and enjoy!

Strawberry tofu salad

There is nothing out-of-this-foodie-world creative about this salad. It’s simple, and sometimes we need a good reminder that that’s just fine. We gave ourselves points for going with a colorful bowl of fresh produce instead of what we’d probably have for breakfast less than 12 hours later. Tofu is our choice of protein, but to each their own!


What’s on your go-to oven-free dinner menu?

We have our first 100* day here in the District, with many more surely to come. All suggestions welcome!



Filed under dinners, food, groceries, Lululemon, lunches, recipes, Yoga

10 responses to “Summer Yogi Salad

  1. Yum! My go-to summer salad (oven/grill-free!) is similar, but sub the tofu for avocado and add chopped almonds. OR sometimes I go really crazy and I add some goat cheese too. mmmm.

  2. I think I’d add some goat cheese. 🙂

  3. The weather is horrible! Your salad looks refreshingly good.

  4. I like tofu salads when it’s too hot to do the oven. Tofu + fresh dill and onion + a touch of mayo and mustard, mashed in with celery and carrots…sounds odd but its very similar to egg salad – so delicious!

    • Heather C

      That sounds so good! I’d probably do plain yogurt instead of the mayo, but otherwise love the mix of flavors!

  5. We have some leftover (I know, I know – it’s rare) chicken that would have topped that salad perfectly…if we’d had the rest of the ingredients. But I do love refreshing salads like that in this heat.

  6. If I think ahead, I love having cold pasta salad for dinner with spiral pasta, green peppers, olives, olive oil and balsamic, tomatoes and pepperoni (optional). BUt of course it’s not something you can just whip up without an oven on one of those hot nights. Sometimes I use the George Foreman or grill outside if it’s way too hot and I need to use a heat source. Or just go the sandwich, cereal, appetizer for dinner route.

    • Heather C

      Ah, yes – pasta salads are great! A little preparation goes a long way. We usually cook an entire box and use leftovers for lunches (thrown into salads), etc.

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