Although lettuce in a bowl, with a variety of vegetables covered with Kraft salad dressing from the grocery store, is an easy and healthy way to go when you’re making a salad, it is way too predictable. This summer, it’s time to change things up and make salads that are both healthy and tasty with a variety of different ingredients. Below are five recipes, with season specific ingredients, that will change your summer salads forever.
***Please note that these recipes are meant for a larger serving size, to make for an individual serving revise the amount of ingredients thrown in according to your hunger.
Roasted Corn and Poblano Salad
2 cups frozen or fresh corn
1 poblano pepper, seeds removed and diced (you can switch it up with a bell pepper if you want something more mild)
3 Roma tomatoes, diced
1/2 purple onion, diced
1 16 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed thoroughly
1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped
2 tbsp. lime juice
1/2 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. chili power
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. black pepper
Get the rest of the directions on how to make this Chipotle inspired salad Kitchen Confidante.
Strawberries and Citrus Salad
This unusual mix of sweet and tangy gives the store bought fruit salad a run for its money. With only five ingredients, this salad is easy to prepare and well worth the time.
1 lb strawberries, hulled and cut into halves
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
2 ½ tbsp. light brown sugar, packed
1 tbsp. finely chopped fresh mint
Get the rest of the directions on how to make this fruity salad from Once Upon A Chef.
Summer Berry Spinach Salad
2 cups baby spinach leaves
3 strawberries, sliced
¼ cup blueberries
1-2 thin slices of red onion
3 oz. white tuna packed in water (Or whatever meat you desire)
¼ cup fruity extra virgin olive oil
1 heaping tsp. of grainy mustard
1 tbsp. rice wine vinegar
½ tsp. sugar
1 tsp. chopped fresh tarragon leaves plus more for garnish
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
Get the rest of the directions on how to make this unique spin on a spinich salad from Foodie Crush.
Watermelon, Orange and Feta Salad
This salad is absolutely easy to throw together if you have all the ingredients. It isn’t your traditional salad with lettuce and greens; the fruits mixed with the onion give your taste buds a contradicting combination with a refreshing crunch.
1/4 of a small seedless watermelon, rind removed, flesh cut into 1/4-inch slices
1 large orange, peel and pith removed, flesh cut into segments
1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced
2 oz. feta cheese, thinly sliced
1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves
4 tsps. extra-virgin olive oil
Coarse salt and ground pepper
Get the rest of the directions on how to make this sweet and tangy salad from Martha Stewart.
Summer Tomato, Onion and Cucumber Salad
3 tbsps. rice vinegar
1 tbsp. canola oil
1 tsp. honey
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper, or more to taste
2 medium cucumbers
4 medium tomatoes cut into 1/2-inch wedges
1 Sweet onion, halved and very thinly sliced
2 tbsp. coarsely chopped fresh herbs
Get the instructions on how to make this lettuce-less veggie salad from Eating Well.
So ladies, get creative with your salads and you capture the taste of summer!