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Salads are the perfect summertime dish. They’re light and airy, but they can still be filling enough to keep you fueled for your day of fun in the sun. Salads are versatile enough to work as a main dish or a side dish, and can be an excellent complement to any party or barbeque you might attend this summer, or a personal lunch for self-care days. Making the same salads over and over again can get boring, so here is a list of next level summertime salads that will help make your summer a delicious one.
Nuts and berry salad
This salad is a fun one for anyone who is a fruit lover. Full of various berries, its juicy and bright flavors are new and a great choice for a summer lunch in the sun. When you make a nuts and berry salad, start with a spinach base and then add raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries to offset the spinach in a heavenly way. Add in some almonds and poppy seed dressing to experience an elevated zest with the sweet berries. You can also candy the almonds with coconut oil and syrup if you’d like even more sweetness to your salad.
Sweet potato salad
Potato salad can be heavy and more of a comfort food, but sweet potato salad is light and sweet. Sweet potatoes have more flavor to them, and their fresh profile makes them perfect for your summer salad. If you’re already out grilling, then you can just throw the sweet potatoes on the grill to make them have a slight smoky flavor in no time. Add in some bacon, honey mustard dressing, and scallions to balance the flavors and make it all come together in a way you’ve never seen before. This salad can be served warm or room temperature, which is another reason sweet potato salad is great for barbecues.
Cucumber, melon, and feta salad
Cucumber is one of the most refreshing and cool vegetables you can think of. Mixing it with cantaloupe and mint makes it even more so, as it takes on a fresh flavor, ideal when the heat is blistering. Add in some farro and cherry tomatoes, and this salad is filling as it is bright. But make no mistake, this salad has its own tang to it, especially after you add feta and vinaigrette dressing to put the finishing touch on the salad.
Pasta salad might not be leaf based, but that doesn’t stop it from making a wonderful addition to your salad repertoire. It’s cold and refreshing, and highly customizable. It has everything you could want in a summer dish. You could add some color to your pasta salad by using tri-color rotini pasta, making it stand out on the table. Try it with Italian dressing, mozzarella cheese, cherry tomatoes, olives, and mini pepperonis. It’s also an easy dish to make when you want to get out the door quickly for your next summer adventure.
Last on our list, we have a Greek salad. This is an easy salad to make, and will be a hit at any summer party. Start by adding some Mediterranean vegetables, such as roma tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, or bell peppers. You might even want to add creamy avocado to the mix, which adds a fun twist on a classic dish. Finish it off with some crumbled feta cheese and Greek dressing, and you’re left with a distinctive meal or side dish, full of various textures and flavors.
Try something new this summer
Besides being delicious, salads are also excellent for your health and can help you feel refreshed this summer. There’s no better time to experiment and find a new favorite salad, especially one that is as light and delicious as these are.
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