Salads, smoothies and other refreshing summer recipes

Posted on 22 December 2021

The festive season is often accompanied by lots of eating – chocolates, decadent Christmas puddings and roast turkey are hard to say no to, after all. To assuage your fears of a Christmas belly, why not also indulge in fresh, wholesome treats with inspiration from these foodie Instagrammers, whose salad, smoothie, and other healthy recipes look out of this world.

1. Raw_Manda


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LA-based YouTuber and blogger Amanda creates plant-based meals, including cute sweet treats like heart-shaped flapjacks, chocolate vegan mini doughnuts and panda-shaped puff pastries. We think these fruit-filled summer rice-paper rolls (pictured above) look especially spectacular.

2. Bibbyskitchen


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Because it’s #worldpastaday Spelt spaghetti with the ultimate superfood basil and spinach pesto. Add a handful of savoury nut and dried olive granola for crunch. Recipe link in bio #bibbyskitchen #recipeoftheday #pasta #pesto #italianfood #comfortfood #superfoods #spelt #healthy #wholeyum #wholesome #f52grams #food52 #vegetarian #foodnetwork #hautecuisines #foodgawker #feedfeed #gloobyfood #beautifulcuisines #foodphotography #foodstylist #instaeatssouthafrica #instaeatsjozii # #foodandwine #foodwinewomen #worldpastaday #f52comfort

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Di Bibby is based in Johannesburg and shares her recipes, including many South African favourites, on her blog Di also teaches cooking classes for people wanting to enhance their culinary skills.

3. VictoriaCleanEats


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Victoria is a student at Bristol University, UK, as well as a gymnastics coach. You can find her recipes for home-made nut butters and amazing-looking breakfast bowls and smoothies on her blog,

4. EdgarRaw


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Messy Vegan Chickpea Burgers,🍔 These burgers were so simple🍴to make and it. 😊👌💜 ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ Also, if you’re looking to eat more raw foods and would like to join a challenge to possibly be featured check 2 previous post for details. I’m loving all the entries so far. Ingredients Burger buns Beets Spinach Onions Avocado Coconut oil BBQ sauce Chickpea patties 1 cup of chickpeas ½ a cup of shredded carrots 2 tbsp of ground flax seeds 1 tsp of cumin 1 tsp of smoked paprika 1 tsp of turmeric powder 2 tbsp of nutritional yeast ½ a tsp of lime zest 3 garlic cloves A dash of black pepper A dash of pink salt Directions 1)Drain and rinse your chickpeas. 2)Dump your chickpeas into a food processor and pulse until blended well, but not too mushy. You can also use a potato masher. 3)Add your flax seed and seasonings and pulse (food processor) a few more seconds. Form your mash into patties and add them to a pan on medium heat. Cook patties with coconut oil until slightly brown. 4)Then add your layers however you want. Enjoy.

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Edgar is a vegan, farmer, food stylist and photographer and offers a wide variety of plant-based recipes on his blog

5. saladforpresident


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The perfect salad to throw together in the middle of a meeting (if you’re like me and have zero attention span).

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Julia Sherman (@saladforpresident) is the creative director at Chop’t, a chain of salad restaurants on the East Coast of the USA and her blog, is filled with scrumptious salad creations.

6. Not Without Salt: @ashrod

Ashley Rodriguez has a video series on outdoor cooking recipes and on her blog,, you’ll find mouth-watering recipes like sticky braised pork and red wine-poached pear-and-chocolate tart.


Maddie Lymburner is a 23-year-old Canadian vegan and Youtube content creator. She is currently working from South Africa, so you can expect her upcoming vlogs to feature lots of local fresh fruits and vegetables. You can also find her recipes on her blog


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