SUMMER SQUASH ARUGULA SALAD
How to Make Summer Squash Arugula Salad
PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 10 MINUTES
1. Wash arugula and spin dry.
2. Heat a frying pan and dry toast the walnuts for 2 minutes. Place in a bowl and set aside. Thinly slice summer squash and chop tomatoes. Heirlooms and cherry tomatoes will be the best for this salad. Saute any variety of summer squash and tomatoes in ghee. Use the same pan. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt.
3. Toss arugula with white wine vinaigrette. In bowls or plates, lay a bed of arugula. Place a layer of sauted squash and tomatoes over the arugula. Sprinkle walnuts, feta and picked basil on top of the squash. Serve!
4. To make the dressing, see Orange Zest Vinaigrette.
How Can This Ayurvedic Recipe Make You Feel Great?
The rainbow of colors in this fresh summer salad is a bright way to energize your day. Got the blahs? You'll perk up with one bite of crisp, peppery arugula, juicy tomatoes, and snappy summer squash. In the hot dog days of summer, crunchy greens and veggies seem to wake you while tomato's juiciness revive you. The bitter orange zest in this light dressing adds a vivacious flare to the mix.
Something Missing in Your Life?
When you feel like something's missing in your life and you don't know what - it's probably vitamins and minerals you need to stay healthy. Without them, you feel your vitality wane. To satisfy this health-itch with a broad spectrum of nutrients, Ayurveda says to eat a variety of colors, textures, and tastes. This dynamic salad has got it all - can can lift your spirits when you're feeling dull, down, or lethargic. Its freshness leaves you feeling clean and ready to 'digest' whatever life sends your way.
Does Your Stomach Feel Like a Bottomless Pit?
Have you ever felt like you couldn't eat enough food to feel satisfied? That even though your stomach is full, you want to keep on eating till you're uncomfortably stuffed? Often, your body stays hungry until it gets all the vitamins and minerals it needs. If you're eating pizza or empty carbs, your body will never get the nutrients it needs because it isn't there. The solution, when you feel like a bottomless pit, is to invest in nutritionally dense food. This salad is a great way to "fill the void" so to speak.
Note: If you ever eat wild foods such as dandelions, lamb's quarters, or other "weeds" growing in your yard, you'll find that you can satisfy your hunger with less than half of your normal portions. These foods are among the most nutrient-dense in the world, and thus quickly satiate your body. Wow!
Soothing, Cooling Squash
The vivid colors of summer squash appeal to the eyes, while its soothing and cooling qualities assuage late-summer exhaustion due to heat. A taste of these sweet, watery vegetables rehydrates and cools your off after a long day under the sun. Its gentleness and easy digestibility make it a perfect remedy for hot, sluggish August days. When sauteed lightly in ghee, summer squash takes on a rich, oily quality which it makes more satisfying and even easier to digest.
A Summer Cornucopia
Summer squash, tomatoes, and arugula create a perfect compilation of summer vegetables. If you have a garden, it might very well be bursting with tomatoes, arugula, and summer squash this time of year. Tomatoes start growing heavy on the vine, announcing the arrival of late summer, and almost beg to be picked, while a whole host of colorful squashes begin to flourish. If you are lucky enough to find squash blossoms, try putting one on the top of this lovely salad for a touch of gourmet refinement!
WHY EAT AN AYURVEDIC DIET?
Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. An Ayurvedic diet is
tailored to your individual body type and the specific imbalances you are working with
at any given time. Foods that supplement your specific body type’s needs and digest
easily create your menu. Watch as you eat less but feel more satisfied because what you
are eating truly nourishes you. Since Ayurveda believes all disease begins in the digestive
tract, food is your first medicine. By eating a healthy diet that’s ideal for your body, you
experience optimal health.
Is Summer Squash Arugula Salad Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?
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Increases These Qualities (Gunas)
Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main characteristics
Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance.
By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick.
Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold).
You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.
ABOUT MOBILE GUNA
Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.
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ABOUT CLEAR GUNA
Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
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ABOUT HOT GUNA
Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.
LEARN MORE ABOUT HOT
ABOUT DIFFICULT GUNA
Difficult refers to anything that is difficult to digest, or takes a long time to digest.
LEARN MORE ABOUT DIFFICULT
The 6 Tastes
Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food.
Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body.
Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food.
Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods.
Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion.
Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste.
One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes.
The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent.
Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?
The Three Doshas / Body Types
People tend to get sick, over and over again, due to similar causes and habitual imbalances that are unique to the person.
Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness.
Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency.
Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses.
The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.
The 3 functional body types
are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha).
Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy.
Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy.
Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass.
Catabolic people tend to be easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry.
Metabolic people tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed.
Anabolic people are heavy, stable and grounded, but if they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion.
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Rajasic foods stimulate desire or nervous energy. Red meat, high protein food, garlic and onions stimulate desire. Rajasic foods include chili peppers, coffee, and anything that stimulates movement.
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Prana is the Sanskrit word for vital life energy, similar to Qi in Chinese Medicine. Many herbs stimulate your energy, or improve the flow of prana through your body. Generally, prana needs to be increased in spring after a sleepy winter.
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An herb or food that makes the urine more alkaline (higher pH). This herbal action can be helpful for a number of inflammatory conditions.
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Nuts Seeds, Vegetables, Dairy
Nightshade, Tree Nuts, Allergens,
A member of the plant family Solanaceae. Members of this family have a tendency to irritate the liver and arthritic conditions. Tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, and bell peppers.
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Lactose is a sugar found in milk derived from galactose and glucose. It is difficult for many people to digest.
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Resembles water (ap) in quality - fluid, sticky, soft, heavy, stable, cool.
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Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Potassium, Calcium
Outward-moving substances stimulate circulation, push heat towards the skin, or are stimulating.
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Downward-moving (Adho Gati Marga) substances move food downward in the GI tract, settle the nervous system, and relax muscles.
LEARN MORE ABOUT DOWNWARD
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About the Author
John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a
healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda.
His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful.
His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week
provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands.
John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda
, which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition.
John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia.
John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion.
John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing.
In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots,
and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church.
Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick.
That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.
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What is arugula?
The summer squash looks more like courgette.
- Amanda Walker, Moncarapacho 08-22-14
Arugula is a mustard green - it is delicate, crunchy, yet peppery in flavor. It has been popularized in recent years, especially gourmet venues, but often can be found in salad mixes at your local grocery store.
This looks so refreshing and summer balancing. Thank you, John.
Is the summer squash what we in England call courgette?
No, courgette is what we call zucchini. Summer squash is yellow. This article has an image - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summer_squash
I have just found out that summer squash ARE courgettes and luckily I grow both yellow and green varieties, I had no idea off there American name.
- bette knowles 07-28-17