Summer is finally here-and so is fresh and seasonal produce! Salads are one of the best ways to partake in all the delicious foods summer has to offer. There are plenty of things you can do to spruce up your salad in a way that everyone in your family will love. Here are eight summer salads we’re obsessed with.
Easy Pasta Salad
Perfect backyard BBQ side dish! The homemade dressing makes the cucumbers and the cherry tomatoes pop with flavor. The chickpeas make this a great vegetarian dish, and the extra fiber will keep you full for hours to come.
Photo and recipe credit: https://www.loveandlemons.com/pasta-salad/
Watermelon Feta Salad
This watermelon salad is perfect for your backyard date night. The sweetness of the watermelon and the saltiness of the feta cheese are refreshing combinations that will pair perfectly with any summer evening.
Photo and Recipe Credit: https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a5739/watermelon-salad-feta-mint-recipe/
Easy Green Salad
Everyone should have a green salad recipe ready to go at any given moment. If you don’t already have one, let this be your recipe. You probably already have all the ingredients on hand and it goes with every meal you can imagine. It works at a dinner party with friends or a backyard BBQ. In short, it’s perfect.
Recipe and Photo Credit: https://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/easy-green-salad/
Kachumber Salad with Cucumber, Onions, and Tomatoes:
If there was one word to describe this salad it would be refreshing. All the vegetables included have a water content of over 70%, which will help keep you hydrated under the summer sun. For some added protein you can serve it with salmon or add chickpeas to the salad.
Recipe and Photo Credit: https://www.archanaskitchen.com/kachumber-salad-recipe-with-cucumber-onion-tomatoes
Ultimate Chicken Salad
Chicken salad is one of the most versatile summer meals. You can eat it as a sandwich, a wrap, with crackers, or even on top of a salad. It’s also incredibly versatile in its preparation as well. You can add in many different things for a different flavor combination every time (my personal favorite is dried cranberries).
Recipe and Photo Credit: https://downshiftology.com/recipes/chicken-salad/
Spicy Shrimp and Orzo Pasta Salad
If you love ceviche you’re going to love this pasta salad. The use of orzo makes this pasta salad lighter than most traditional pasta salads. Also, who doesn’t love shrimp? This salad is a pescatarian’s dream!
Recipe and Photo Credit: https://www.southernkitchen.com/recipes/main-dish/spicy-shrimp-and-orzo-pasta-salad
Honey Lime Rainbow Fruit Salad
Fruit is already delicious and a perfect summer dessert, so why not spice it up with a homemade dressing. The sweet and citrusy vinaigrette makes this fruit salad downright irresistible. It’s easy to personalize as well for even the pickiest of palates!
Recipe and Photo Credit: https://www.cookingclassy.com/honey-lime-rainbow-fruit-salad/
Moroccan Couscous Pasta Salad
Couscous is a great source of fiber and protein as well! (Frey 2021). This pasta salad can be served by itself, or on a bed of leafy butter lettuce if you’d like to add even more vegetables to this nutrient dense salad.
Recipe and Photo Credit: https://everydaydishes.com/simple-food-recipes/moroccan-couscous-pasta-salad/
Frey, Malia. “Couscous nutrition facts: calories, carbs, and health benefits of couscous”. Very Well Fit. 24 Feb 2021. https://www.verywellfit.com/couscous-nutrition-facts-calories-and-health-benefits-4111284
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This post was written by Suzette Conrad