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In the Kitchen

End of Summer Salad


3 handfuls arugula

1 heirloom tomato (or other variety, extra points for locally grown!)

1/4 cup roughly chopped watermelon

1/2 cucumber, peeled and chopped

2 handfuls of micro greens (I love sunflower)

1-2 edible flowers for the high vibe-vibe (optional)

1/4 avocado sliced

2 tablespoons hemp seeds


1/2 lemon

1 dollop of mustard (this is really a personal choice of how much you like mustard. I like it a lot so mine is a healthy dollop)

1/4 teaspoon of maple syrup



Wash all greens, micro greens, tomato, cucumber. Set aside greens and chop cucumber and tomato. Chop 1/4 cup of watermelon.

Lay out the arugula first, sprinkle the micro greens and add the other veggies/fruit. Top with hemp seeds, edible flowers, avocado and dressing.


Combe all ingredients in a mason jar, or any jar with a lid, close lid tightly and shake. Once ingredients are mixed, serve.

Written by Amanda Blair  

Ever since I started working for Dana in April, I have become inspired to make my diet as high vibe as it can be.  Gone are last minute stops to whatever bodega was closet to me and in it’s place, my favorite Sunday activity; strolling through my local famers market to pick up supplies for the week. I love the leisurely pace of pursuing each stall and getting to know the farmers. Plump heirloom tomatoes, springy greens and hydrating watermelon have been my go-tos all summer long. Though fall is upon us (the fall equinox is today), I can’t help but hold on to the last of summer for one salad longer. Luckily, at the market I managed to scoop up the last of the heirloom tomatoes and watermelon that are the stars of this meal. The watermelon especially balances out the spicy tang of wild arugula and combines so beautifully with the juicy tomato. The succulent cucumber anchors the salads texture with a delicious crunch and the nutty hemp seeds pack a protein punch, while also grounding the whole situation. I wanted the flavors of the nutrient packed ingredients to shine so, the dressing is simple and to the point- lemon, a dash of maple syrup and good dollop of mustard. Every time I eat this salad, I feel the things Dana preaches about a high vibe diet- nurtured, satisfied and beautiful from the inside out.


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