A perfect summer salad to get back on track

  • Tons of flavour: Watermelon and avocado salad is part of Catherine Burns’ nutrient-dense summer cleanse

    Tons of flavour: Watermelon and avocado salad is part of Catherine Burns’ nutrient-dense summer cleanse

You should probably check the obituaries section after this one. I’ve taken on a bit too much and might have died from overload in the interim.

Being busy isn’t cool any more — I know that, I got the memo! We all know that stress is a killer, so I’m flirting with balance in a major way. I’m ready to make some changes and am desperate to come home from work and switch off for the day.

Take a bath, read books, paint something, cook leisurely, pour a glass of wine and watch the sun set. It’s not all bad; I play with the children, read stories, go for a run. There are definitely moments when the work stops … just not enough of them. I’m working on it.

I know I’m not alone. So many of us are in the same boat.

There’s a plan in the pipeline because something has got to give. Let’s see if it plays out.

In the short term, I was a little optimistic about just how much I can pack into a few weeks.

We’ve had the Men’s Health 101, nutrition for teens, heart health talks, Natural Kids and the usual Nutrifit classes.

Beat the Couch is in Week 8 (and they are doing so well!). Now, to top it all off, we’re just launching a two-week simple summer cleanse.

Although it’s driving me over the edge a little, it’s also been massively helpful. It’s helping me get my own nutrition back on track. And it’s simple enough that I can actually, really, do it. I don’t have enough time to grow my own sprouts or juice my own juice.

Fortunately Bermuda has entrepreneurs doing that for us and it’s just a matter of knowing where to go and what to buy! Then we get to support local business too. Win-win!

I’ve packed this cleanse with really great recipes that have tons of flavour but are incredibly easy to make.

They’re nutrient-dense, so you get maximum nutrition for your calories which helps to calm down hunger signals, boost the immune system and support liver function too.

One of my favourites is this grilled watermelon salad. It’s so delicious and makes a really pretty appetiser or side for a barbecue. It can also be the main event if you’d like to serve it as a vegetarian or vegan option — in which case just sprinkle with some toasted pumpkin seeds to bump up the protein.

If you’re OK with cheese, you could add some Tucker’s Farm goats cheese too for a salty twist. That would be amazing.

By the time you read this, we’ll have done the intro seminar for the cleanse, but it’s not too late to join in.

Just send me an e-mail and I can sort you out with the recipes and plan. We start on Monday. Either way, enjoy this exciting triathlon weekend. It is so much fun to have another big sports event on our tiny island and really inspiring for our children too!

Grilled watermelon and avocado salad

Serves 4


• 1 small red watermelon (3-4lbs)

• ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for brushing the melon

• 3 tbs lime juice (approximately 2 limes)

• 1 large orange (navel), juiced

• Pinch of sea salt

• Pinch of cayenne pepper

• ¼ fresh mint, chopped

• 1 large avocado, sliced


1. Pre-heat the grill

2. Cut the watermelon in half lengthways, then cut each half in half crosswise. Cut these quarters into 2-inch thick slices.

3. Brush the slices with olive oil and set aside until ready to grill.

4. Combine the juices, salt, cayenne and oil and whisk thoroughly into a dressing. Add the mint and set aside.

5. When ready to grill, place the watermelon slices over a clean grill, directly over the heat source. Grill until marked and just warm but still crunchy. Approximately two minutes each side. Let cool.

6. Cut off the rinds and dice the watermelon into bite-sized chunks. Put the watermelon into a salad bowl and toss in the dressing. At the last minute, stir in the avocado and toss gently.

7. Serve on a bed of leafy greens and sprinkle with pumpkin seeds or goats cheese, as desired.

The advice given in this article is not intended to replace medical advice, but to complement it. Always consult your GP if you have any health concerns. Catherine Burns is a fully qualified nutritional therapist trained by the Institute for Optimum Nutrition in the UK. Please note that she is not a registered dietitian. For details: www.natural.bm, 236-7511 or, Facebook, Natural Nutrition Bermuda

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Published Apr 27, 2018 at 8:00 am (Updated Apr 26, 2018 at 11:01 pm)

A perfect summer salad to get back on track

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