The 5 Best Summer Salad Recipes

What’s better than a salad on a hot summer day? Cool and refreshing, salads allow you to eat well without overheating your kitchen, incorporating the best summer produce into a delicious meal. Do you have any go-to summer salad recipes? Here are five of our faves.


Summer Salad by the Lake: Hearty, earthy and full of flavor, this scrumptious salad incorporates quinoa and couscous with fresh summer fruits and vegetables. Tomatoes, arugula or baby spinach, peas and pineapple mingle with feta cheese, sunflower kernels and fresh parsley, providing a delicious mix of intense flavor.


Honey Poppy Seed Fruit Salad: This just tastes like summer should, with fresh bananas, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries benefiting from a subtle but delicious dressing made of honey, lemon juice and poppy seeds.


Chicken, Nectarine and Avocado Salad: This salad is a whole meal, but still light and summery. Baby spinach, nectarines, avocado and chicken are topped with crumbled feta, poppy seed dressing and granola with fruit and nuts, for a dish that’s unique and loaded with both flavor and texture. For the best flavor, choose a granola that’s not too sweet so it doesn’t overwhelm the other elements of this delicious dish.


Ruby Raspberry Slaw: A twist on traditional coleslaw, this salad mixes red and green cabbage, carrots, raspberry vinaigrette, mayonnaise and fresh raspberries. The result is a sweet yet tangy flavor that’s sure to be the hit of your next picnic, potluck or barbecue.


Cranberry Orange Couscous Salad: Couscous is a grain that’s filling and nutritious, a good source of plant-based protein. Garbanzo beans are another source of protein and fiber, and when you mix these hearty elements with the flavors of navel oranges, baby spinach, goat cheese, red onions, dried cranberries, fennel, toasted pecans, basil and a vinaigrette that incorporates orange juice, honey and balsamic vinegar, you come up with something truly special. Filling and flavorful, this may just be the perfect salad for a lazy summer day.


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