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7 Fresh Summer Salad Recipes That Will Steal the Show at the BBQ

posted: 06/19/18
by: Katie Morton

There's no better time to try out some new salad recipes than when local, fresh fruits and vegetables are plentiful and in season. Why local? Locally-sourced, in-season produce spends less time in transit where it loses nutrients and taste. Bonus: you're supporting your local economy at the same time.

Here are 7 easy, healthy and delicious summer salad recipes to try.

1. Quinoa and Peaches

Quinoa packs a powerful protein punch, and peaches add a delicious summer flavor. Add in savory feta, fresh parsley, grilled zucchini, and roasted almonds for a heavenly taste of summer.

 

2. Mango Avocado Salad

Throw together mango, avocado, cilantro or parsley, and toss with your dressing of choice. So simple, easy, and a delightful marriage of flavors that will keep you craving this recipe again and again.

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3. Avo-Cran-Orange Salad

Why bother cooking or even grilling when it's hot outside? The refreshing taste of this salad will solve all your problems (almost.) Fresh romaine, avocado, orange slices, dried cranberries, and toasted almonds will make your day. Try this one with a lemon vinaigrette to bring out the citrus flavors.

 

4. Watermelon Feta Salad

For another energizing, fruity summer option, combine watermelon, feta cheese, mint leaves, salt, pepper, and lemon juice. If you really want the flavors to pop, add basil leaves and olive oil.

 

5. Perfect Jar Salad

If you want to pack a to-go salad for lunch, but you don't want to deal with a messy salad dressing container, then build your salad in a jar. To make a salad jar, layer your salad dressing at the bottom, followed by heartier ingredients that won't wilt next to the dressing. Shake to combine the ingredients right before eating.

To make this particular recipe, make the salad dressing first by combining olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Add Dijon mustard and sugar, honey or maple syrup to taste. Then build your salad jar: layer dressing, blueberries, feta, and arugula. Screw on the lid, and you're good to go!

6. Salmon Mayonnaise Salad

If you're looking for a twist on traditional mayonnaise salads (like tuna, egg, or chicken salads) try salmon instead. Combine equal parts chopped grilled salmon, hardboiled egg, boiled potatoes, grapes, and diced celery. Mix with mayonnaise, salt, pepper, and mustard to taste. You can eat this salad on its own, on a bed of lettuce, or use it to make a sandwich.

 

7. Avocado Cucumber Tomato Salad

This salad is a traditional cucumber-tomato salad, but with the addition of avocado. To make this salad, combine one sliced cucumber, four sliced tomatoes, and--depending on how many people you're serving and how large your avocados are--one or two sliced avocados. To make this simple, healthy salad dressing, combine olive oil with fresh-squeezed lime juice. Salt and pepper to taste.

 

You may have noticed that many of these recipes contain avocado. The reason is that avocado is deliciously in-season and it adds a special filling, hearty touch to salads for some energy and staying power. Of course, you can feel free to swap out any of the ingredients included in these recipes with your favorite nuts, seeds, herbs, fruits, proteins, dressings, and veggies. We hope you enjoy these simple, refreshing summer salads. Happy eating!