Summer Salads

By Julie Fink
Posted On May 26, 2017
Summer Salads

So, I’m over my go-to iceberg salad with creamy Italian and croutons work day lunch routine, what’s next? Summer salads are the next best thing for a spin on all your faves and are quick, easy, and delish. I made sure to cover the major meat groups and summer time fruits.

A few steps and a handful of creative ingredients will shake things up a bit. These healthy salad recipes are worth a shot:

Cajun Shrimp Salad

Cajun Shrimp

This salad is a light and crispy mouthwatering treat. The best part is that it’s a fast recipe, under fifteen minutes, that’ll still fill you up and leave you satisfied. Shrimp is a summer favorite with a low-fat, low-calorie, and high protein count and with the Cajun spin, it’s a can’t miss meal.

Ingredients include spinach, grape tomatoes, Cajun seasoning, shrimp, shaved Parmesan, and avocado.

From: Babaganosh.org
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Chopped Steak Salad

Chopped Steak

A classic salad with colorful toppings is always a great choice for a healthy lunchtime meal. Take some of those leftovers from the grill and toss them together with some fresh veggies, add a savory balsamic dressing, and viola!

Ingredients include red onion, yellow bell pepper, cucumber, olives, grilled steak, and more.

From: MyRecipes.com
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Grilled Chicken-Asparagus Salad

Grilled Chicken

This hearty salad won’t leave you hungry and is brightened up with mouthwatering mint, lemon juice, and fresh dill. YUM!

Ingredients include asparagus, goat cheese, buttermilk, mint, dill and boneless chicken bites.

From: MyRecipes.com
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Kamut Wheat, Berry Tangerine, and Arugula Salad

Kamut Salad

Here’s an insider recipe that uses an ancient grain called Kamut and is easy-to-prepare, refreshing and delicious. It’ll make a great healthy side dish for any backyard BBQ or a lean lunch time meal.

This dish makes two servings and includes the following ingredients:

1 cup cooked KAMUT® wheat berries
½ lemon
1 bunch arugula (2 loosely packed cups)
2 tangerines (medium, peeled, sliced cross-wise, & segments separated)
1 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbs rice wine vinegar
½ cup  walnuts (shelled walnuts, roughly chopped)
½ cup pecorino romano cheese (ribbons, optional)
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions: In a serving bowl combine KAMUT® berries, arugula, tangerine pieces, walnuts, and olive oil. Mix well and squeeze with lemon juice and drizzle with rice wine vinegar. Top with Pecorino Romano ribbons, if using, before serving. Keeps in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for several days.

Enjoy!

Strawberry & Spinach Salad

Strawberry Walnut

This five-ingredient summer classic is jam packed with flavor and uses in-season strawberries to its advantage. You can also mix this one up with candied pecans instead of walnuts, honey dressing instead of raspberry vinaigrette, and crumbled blue cheese instead of gorgonzola. Experiment with these variations and see (rather, taste) what your tummy loves best.

Ingredients include strawberries, spinach, gorgonzola, walnuts, and red onion.

From: Aggies Kitchen
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 Grilled Peach Salad

Grilled Peaches

Now this one is good for a little splurge and includes a few ingredients that’ll count toward your cheat foods. With crispy caramelized brown sugar bacon in a creamy buttermilk dressing drenched over grilled peaches and onions, this salad is a summertime dream.  According to Food & Wine, the secret to this salad is using big, juicy sweet onions like the Vidalias, which get nicely charred on the grill.

Ingredients include thick sliced bacon, brown sugar, cayenne pepper, peaches, sour cream, buttermilk, and more.

From: Food & Wine
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