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Tropical Flat Belly Salad

Cool, healthy, sweet, satisfying and nutritious - this is the perfect summer salad.

In another lifetime, I was a nutritionist. I love eating healthy and finding great meals that nourish the body and satisfy the palate. I came across this salad while researching foods that help trim the mid-section and it has become one of my absolute favorites. It's also been a good salad to eat during this hot summer because you never have to turn on a stove or even the microwave. It's refreshing, cool, sweet, sour and hydrating with the cucumber and fruit. The salad comes together quickly then you just toss in your favorite protein and you've got a complete meal.

Without further ado, the recipe.

2 cups Bibb lettuce (I use whatever I have on hand)

1/3 cucumber, diced

1/4 cup fresh pineapple chunks

1/4 cup fresh blueberries

1/4 avocado, diced

1 tablespoon chopped almonds

Protein of choice - I use pan-seared tofu but you could throw in some cold (or hot) rotisserie chicken, tuna or salmon, or whatever you like - just keep it healthy!

For the lemon-maple syrup vinaigrette