Beet the Summer Heat: Beet, Summer Squash, & Strawberry Salad

For this recipe, I actually just gave it a try without knowing whether the flavors would work.  I knew I'd like the strawberries with the beets and the strawberries with the squash, so I thought I'd try the three together to see what it tasted like.  The combination is light and refreshing.  If you threw in feta or a little lemon juice or even pepper, I bet it would just enhance the flavor party.


- one large (or two small) yellow squash, washed and cubed
- 1/2 to 1 pint strawberries, washed and cubed
- 3 roasted or 1/2 to 1 can beets, washed or rinsed and cubed
(click here for another recipe and how to cook them yourself)

or any ratio you think works best


In a large (cute) bowl, combine the three ingredients and toss.  Refrigerate and serve chilled.

Health Benefits:

Yellow/ Summer Squash: provides a large number of antioxidants including carotenoids, alpha-carotene, and beta-carotene; pectin, which has been linked to better regulation of insulin and protection against diabetes

Beets: provides phytonutrients called betalains, which contain blood cleansing and detoxification properties, anti-oxidants, and anti-inflammatory properties; also contain anti-cancer and fiber-related benefits
(Or Canned Beets)

Strawberries: contain a large number of anti-oxidants and phytonutrients, which also provide anti-inflammatory support; help to improve blood sugar regulation; and cardiovascular benefits

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