Consuming a diet rich in foods that contain cancer-fighting compounds is an excellent way to reduce your risk of cancer.  When you increase your intake of phytonutrients found in plant foods and omega-3 fatty acids found in wild-caught fish, you are strengthening your immune system and decreasing inflammation in the body.  Food is medicine and the following recipes are a great way to add anti-cancer foods to your diet.

1. Beetroot, red apple and watercress salad — Jamie Oliver

Watercress is an often-overlooked leafy green however, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranks watercress as a “powerhouse” vegetable that even outranks kale in nutrient density. A cruciferous vegetable, watercress is abundant in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and enzymes. Try adding more watercress to your diet this summer with this delicious salad. Click here for the recipe.


2. Berry Fruit Salad — Gimme Some Oven

A bowl full of colorful berries is an excellent way to eat the rainbow and load up on cancer-fighting antioxidants that prevent cell damage and reduce inflammation. Polyphenols found in berries are good for the gut and stimulate the growth of beneficial bacteria. Summer is the perfect time to enjoy this berry fruit salad. Click here for the recipe.


3. Wild-Caught Salmon Salad with Apple & Red Onion —Amy Myers

A flavorful salmon salad that provides omega-3 fatty acids which help to fight inflammation and that have been linked to a reduced risk of breast cancer. The healthy fats in wild-caught fish also help to balance hormones and improve thyroid regulation. This is a great recipe that the whole family is guaranteed to love. Click here for the recipe.


4. Summer Citrus Salad — Real Food Pledge

Bright orange and yellow foods offer protection from cancer thanks to their abundance of carotenoids—powerful antioxidants that have an anti-cancer effect.  This citrus salad contains oranges, blood oranges, pink grapefruit and mandarins. The bright pigment in these fruits are loaded with carotenoids and it is a delicious way to eat your antioxidants! Click here for the recipe.


5. Slow Roasted Tomatoes — Smitten Kitchen

Although not technically a salad, we included this recipe because slow roasted tomatoes offer important health benefits and they can easily be added to any salad dish.  Cooked tomatoes contain lycopene, a phytochemical that acts as a potent antioxidant that can protect our cells from damage and reduce our risk of cancer. It has been shown to reduce the risk of prostrate cancer and inhibit the growth of tumors. Try slow roasting a variety of different tomatoes this summer. Click here for the full recipe.


To learn more about which foods contain anti-cancer properties you can read this article on the Top Cancer Prevention Foods. We hope that you enjoy these recipes and be sure to let us know in the comments which is your favorite. 🙂

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