Summer, when the weather is hot and cooking dinner feels like a lot of work, is a great time for salads. But after a while, it’s easy to run out of salad ideas. If you’re stuck and can’t think beyond salad greens and traditional toppings, consider giving some of these great salads a shot.
- Salads that Incorporate Berries: Toss strawberries and blueberries with bananas in poppy seed dressing or liven up your coleslaw with some raspberries. Strawberries and blueberries go well with many different summer fruits, so consider combinations that include nectarine, peaches, or tangerines. Berries also go great with chicken, avocado, and cheeses. Great summer herbs like mint and basil are also great additions to salads with fruit.
- Salads with Unique Vegetables: Why not try mixing beets in with your greens, berries, and feta? Radishes make potato salad more interesting, and grilled corn mixed with colorful vegetables, feta cheese, mayo, and spices make a salad reminiscent of Mexican street corn. Make coleslaw more interesting by using broccoli instead of cabbage, make the most of summer cucumbers by tossing them with creamy dressing, or make a celery salad with apples, Parmesan, and vinaigrette.
- Salads that Utilize Melon: Watermelon and cantaloupe combined with spinach, cucumbers, green onions, and vinaigrette make the perfect sweet and savory dish. Watermelon goes great with feta, cucumber, and basil, or tossed with blue cheese, red onions, spinach, and macadamia nuts or almonds. Cantaloupe is refreshing with blueberries and citrus.
- Salads with Pasta and Grains: Pasta salad is great, and quinoa salad can be even better. Toss your favorite grains with flavorful ingredients like grilled chicken feta, pineapple, fresh spinach, vinaigrette, or tomatoes fresh from the garden. Be creative, using orzo, macaroni, or even granola to make your favorite ingredients into a fun salad.
- Green Salads: While green salads can get a little monotonous, thinking outside the lettuce and tomato box can get interesting. Choose darker greens like arugula or spinach, combine them with both sweet and savory ingredients, throw in some sunflower seeds or nuts, and toss it all with a light dressing like poppy seed or vinaigrette.
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