It's nice when something tastes great and is also packed full of great nutrition? This summer salad has it all: strawberries, blueberries, dates, spinach, micro arugula, mint, basil, quinoa and walnuts. Chopped roast chicken provides protein, and a bit of crumbled feta and balsamic vinegar dressing brings it all together. Gluten-free, you can easily adapt this recipe to accommodate other dietary restrictions. Delete the chicken for vegetarians and the feta for those following a paleo diet or are sensitive to dairy.
Recipe via: zucchinixpress.org
This fresh and colorful salad holds up great in the refrigerator. Use it to top salads or fill wraps to make lunch packing simple. It makes a great summer pot luck dish served alone or with Crispy Corn Tortilla Chips. You could add cooked chicken or thinly sliced grilled steak at a picnic or bar-b-cue!
Recipe via: protectivediet.com
You don't need to be in Boston to enjoy a local favorite... just get some Boston Lettuce and you are all set. Its perfect for a summer’s eve in any city!
All you need are: lemons; 1/2 clove of finely diced garlic; a head of Boston Lettuce; 1 avocado; 8 cherry tomatoes (quartered); 2 tbs red onion (finely chopped) and 1 lbs of freshly steamed lobster meat (chopped). For the vinaigrette you'll need: dijon mustard, a dash of Tobacco sauce and a dash of fish sauce, and some exrtra virgin olive oil.
Recipe via: closetlobsterman.com
Who says you can’t be healthy and eat steak? Actually, many people abide by the grilled chicken and steamed broccoli principle, you can eat healthy, have a variety, and most of all enjoy what you are putting your mouth, as well as your body. This flavorful recipe is 300 calories per serving?
Choose a lean, good quality sirloin steak. One thing nice about steak is that it cooks quickly.
This salad can be made in less than 30 minutes. Topping the sliced steak on a ton of orange sesame ginger vegetables allows you to enjoy all the wonderful richness of beef without the added side calories in a loaded baked potato and fried onion rings (we all must pick and choose our battles). Crunchy peanuts and fresh cilantro finish off this recipe with crunch and freshness.
This one is good, real good, and oh so easy. A hearty, yet healthy, warm weather dish.
Recipe via: repurposedlife
By including a variety of ingredients, salads are often a nutritional powerhouse: This recipe provides lots of antioxidants from the grapes, healthy fats and vitamin E from the sunflower seeds and grapeseed oil, and folate and vitamin A from the arugula. A sweet mustard vinaigrette dressing matches both the peppery bitterness of the greens and the sweet juiciness of the grapes. Try this salad topped with salmon or tuna for a healthful dinner.
Recipe via: CookingLight.com
We love incorporating fruit into our salads, and can’t get enough. This Peach Summer Salad with baby spinach, featuring bothpeaches and champagne grapes, is perfect for a BBQ or picnic. Peaches are in season right now, so you should be able to find the most succulent and juicy ones at your local grocery store or farmers market. Champagne Grapes or Corinth Grapes are a smaller variety of grape than you are typically accustom to eating. Champagne Grapes have a sweeter less tart taste, and are dried to make currants. To dress the salad use a simple Lemon Thai Basil Vinaigrette which provides the slightest lemony-zing without overpowering the flavors of the salad.
Recipe via: ripe-cuisine.com
This salad makes a perfect meal for hot summer days when you don’t feel like turning the oven on and aren’t in the mood for too heavy of a meal. If love Greek Salad, why not try Greek Pasta Salad? This dish is loaded with fresh, crisp, colorful vegetables and dressed in a light Greek Dressing.
Recipe via: livelearnloveeat.com
Earthy and sweet, this salad is a colorful celebration of summer and can be served as a side dish or entree. This recipe features:
But you can tweak it with ingriedients that you might have on hand.
Recipe via: touristoflife.me
Summer is definitely here and along with the higher temperatures, nothing is better than fresh, flavorful food that won’t weigh you down. Watermelon has always been a favorite summer treat. Sweet and crunchy, cool and refreshing. Most watermelon salad recipes either have mint or feta in them. This one invcorporates basil! They are beautiful flavors together.
This one is so simple! Just these ingredients:
Recipe via: cheerfulkitchen
During the spring and summer months, food seems to take on a lighter, more refreshing personality. We shed the heavier comfort foods of the fall and winter for dishes that are light, airy and full of fresh flavors and ingredients. Nothing feels more like a warm summer day than fresh seafood and lemony citrus.
Recipe via: thecraftyhostess.com
What is the perfect addition to any brunch, cookout, picnic or breakfast? Fruit Salad! Yup. Fruit Salad.Fruit (especially in summer) is naturally sweet so does it REALLY NEED SYRUP? No. Is it totally delicious with it? YES!
You can really use any fruit you like for this salad. We love pineapple, grapes, and berries.
The syrup is so easy to make. And save the left over syrup after making the recipe. Use it over french toast, in drinks or add to some home made lemonade! And don't skip the mint! It is so delicious and refreshing in this recipe. Summer is here people. Enjoy this salad!
Recipe via: around the table
A watercress, an avocado, and a caramelized pineapple walk into a bar, in Cuba... No weak greens here -- just the peppery, surely healthy chlorophyll bite of watercress, which might remind you of austere soups and tea sandwiches. So what is it doing with the likes of caramelized pineapple and avocado? Partying, that's what. Or at least loosening its tie a little, to blend in.
Next to spicy shrimp, or slow-cooked pork tacos, or black beans and rice, it's an altogether surprising and welcoming side. You'll want to eat it by the platterful, as will your guests.
Recipe via: food52.com