When temperatures rise, there’s nothing like a plate of fresh greens and other vegetables for a refreshing meal. These healthy salad recipes for summer are here to help you stay cool. Even better, they prove that eating the rainbow is not just healthy, but delicious too.
As a bonus, most of these dishes hit all the marks for vegetarians, the carb-conscious, and the gluten-free. Plus, salads are endlessly customizable. So if you aren’t keen on an ingredient or two, just swap them out for something more to your taste!
A traditional Caprese (kuh-prey-say) salad brings together mozzarella, tomato, and basil with balsamic dressing. This variation introduces fresh peaches. The fruit adds a natural sweetness to the classic salad, a perfect combination for warm summer evenings.
Bacon dressing. Need we say more? Yes, okay, just a bit: this yummy salad is loaded up with cooked shrimp, roasted red peppers, sliced almonds, and fresh spinach. The greens are tossed in the dressing for maximum impact, and the whole thing is topped with a sprinkling of bacon crumbles.
Is there anything more summery than a juicy watermelon? If there is, it might be this salad. As the name suggests, it combines watermelon, feta, and arugula with a bit of mint. A homemade citrus vinaigrette finishes it off for a refreshing summer meal.
When the BBC says epic, they mean it! This colorful concoction piles together spinach, tomatoes, mango, red onion, avocado, and more. Even better, no cooking is required – but they do suggest throwing a couple of lamb kebabs on the grill as a perfect complement.
This summery salad tosses fresh corn with tomatoes, avocado, and arugula in a light honey-lime dressing. It might technically be a side dish, but we won’t hold that against it. While the grill is hot, just add a bit of chicken, steak, or portobello mushroom to round out the meal.
This salad boasts more than 700 five-star ratings, so it must be good! It piles fresh strawberries, creamy feta, and almonds on a mound of baby greens. A tangy mustard-honey vinaigrette is drizzled on top. If almonds aren’t your thing, you can swap them out for walnuts or pecans or something else more to your liking.
Last but not least in our collection of healthy salad recipes, here’s one that is sure to please even the most die-hard carnivores. Flank steak is sprinkled with salt, pepper, and a bit of cumin before cooking, then added to a plate of romaine, corn, avocado, and shredded cheese. A creamy chipotle dressing adds a final kick to the meal. The recipe recommends that the steak be broiled, but we can’t pass up a chance to fire up the grill.
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