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Summer Salad Recipes

Is there anything better to eat on a hot summer than a delicious, fresh salad? Today’s post offers our top tips for how to eat well during the summer months using fresh ingredients that are packed full of nutrition.

Why Eat Salads?

When many people think of salads, they think of some iceberg lettuce, a few slices of cucumber, maybe some cherry tomatoes, all drenched in ranch dressing. This dish isn’t exactly appealing, and it’s not particularly nutritious either! More and more people are discovering the delicious opportunities of salad, combining exciting flavors and ingredients for a no-holds-barred menu option that suits every palate.

Try Grains!

For an interesting crunch, add some healthy grains to your salad! Toss orzo pasta with spinach, feta, pine nuts, onion, and olive oil. Mix couscous with green onions, cilantro, and black beans. Mix quinoa with cucumber, lemon juice, green onion slices, and parsley.

Beans & Legumes

Beans and legumes pack a healthy punch, but they’re not always easy to incorporate in meals. Salads are another story! Try a Greek garbanzo bean salad with tomatoes, olives, cucumbers, and feta. Toss edamame and black beans with corn, cherry tomatoes, and a lime dressing. Grill some chicken for a chicken and white bean salad along with purple cabbage and a citrus dressing.

Pack in the Protein

Get your protein in by adding smoky bacon to a grilled peach and arugula salad. Mix grilled chicken with summer fruits and walnuts. Toss heirloom tomatoes with shredded chicken along with plenty of spices; fresh basil, chives, parsley, and thyme. Make a citrus salmon salad with avocado, sliced almonds, oranges, and grapefruit, tossed simply with olive oil, lemon, salt, and pepper.

Get Some Fruit in Your Salad

With so many delicious fruits in season, it would be a shame to leave them out! Try the combination of sweet green or yellow melons and blackberries with salty feta cheese, tossed with mint. Make a strawberry salad with pecans and goat cheese. There is so much experimenting to be done!

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