The sweltering heat of summer can easily conjure up cravings for a cool, crisp and refreshing salad dish. Below is a mouth-watering roundup of seven summer salads to help inspire your meal planning during this sun-kissed season.
1. Lemon and Summer Fruit Salad
With the perfect balance of sweetness,
2. Balsamic Honey-Grilled Steak Salad and Vinaigrette
For those of us who love adding a savory protein to our salad, you really can't beat the combination of flavors found in this gorgeous dish. Trish from Mom On Timeout has all the details for this delicious salad.
3. Balsamic Watermelon Salad
Sometimes the artful combination of only a small handful of ingredients can create a dish that contains surprisingly complex flavors. This definitely holds true when it comes to this balsamic watermelon salad – just five ingredients (watermelon, tomatoes, sweet onions, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar) come together to create a rich, super-flavorful side dish that is sure to be a hit at any summer BBQ. Jaime over at Mom's Test Kitchen provides the super-simple recipe for this refreshing summer salad.
4. Crunchy Romaine Strawberry Salad
If it's possible to have a dish that is both light and hearty at the same time, this crunchy romaine strawberry salad definitely fits the bill. With crisp romaine lettuce, sliced strawberries, a touch of green onion, and a crunchy topping made from a combination of walnuts and browned ramen noodles, this salad is the quintessential combination of flavor and texture. Taste of Home has the step-by-step recipe for this colorful and delectable dish.
5. Mango Berry Crunch Fruit Salad
There is perhaps nothing more refreshing on a boiling-hot summer day than a cool fruit salad, and this sweet, juicy combination of mangoes, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and raspberries in a citrus-infused Greek yogurt base can definitely help you find a little refuge from the heat. The crunch is provided by adding toasted pecans into the mix, which really sets things off in the texture department. Brianne over at Cupcakes and Kale Chips provides the recipe for this can't-miss summer staple.
6. Strawberry Spinach and Asparagus Salad
This nutrition-rich salad is jam-packed with superfoods in both the fruit and veggie categories, and it looks gorgeous on a plate as well. Ashley at Spoonful of Flavor offers the ingredients and instructions for this uber-healthy salad.
7. Vegetable Pasta Salad
Of course, no list of summer salads would be complete without a cool, refreshing pasta salad. This vegetable pasta salad is super-easy to make, and it works wonderfully as a sidekick to grilled meats. The great thing about this salad is that you can make it beforehand and refrigerate it for later use. Paula at Call Me PMc has the uber-simple recipe for this tasty summer dish.
As the mercury continues to rise, you can stay cool with these delicious and refreshing summer salad recipes. Bon appetit!