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Summer is the best time of the year in many ways – warm sunny days with family and fresh, affordable, in season produce come to mind for me. I love fresh produce, and I’m super happy so many fruits and vegetables are in season right now. These Fresh + Flavorful Fruity Summer Salads will help you take full advantage of the fruits of the season, satisfy your hunger and your taste buds, help you get lunch or dinner on the table FAST, and still keep your diet on track – what more could you ask for?
For more fresh summer recipes, check out the following:
Fresh + Delicious Fruity Summer Salads
STRAWBERRY ARUGULA SALAD WITH STEAK + BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE
Bold flavors define this salad. Sweet berries, peppery arugula, tangy balsamic vinaigrette, salty and smooth feta cheese, and juicy steak seasoned with Montreal Steak Spice all combine for a taste explosion!
CILANTRO LIME CHICKEN SALAD WITH MANGO AVOCADO SALSA
Love fajitas, but don’t like the calories? Enjoy bold fajita taste while sticking to your diet with this fresh, delicious salad with a sweet cilantro lime marinade that doubles as a dressing! The mango avocado salsa really sets this summer salad recipe apart and livens up the more traditional Mexican flavors in this dish.
From Café Delites
GREEN SALAD WITH ORANGES, BEETS + AVOCADO
Refreshing oranges; sweet, earthy beets; and creamy avocado: this salad’s got it going on! Go meat free, yet satisfied with juicy, fiber rich oranges, hearty beets, and avocado with filling, healthy fats. Pumpkin seeds add crunch, and white balsamic vinaigrette contrasts nicely with the sweetness in this salad.
From Gimme Some Oven
BOHEMIAN SUMMER SALAD WITH GRILLED CORN
Corn is coming in season now where I live, and I couldn’t be more excited to put it to good use with this summer salad recipe! Mixed greens, tomatoes, avocado (healthy fat!), berries, peaches, nuts, and seeds make this salad the ultimate well rounded vegan meal. Conquer cheese cravings with 5 Ingredient Almond Feta Cheese (Vegan). If you’ve never had vegan “cheese” made from nuts, I recommend you try it – it’s surprisingly creamy and really does help any dairy cravings when you’re trying to avoid animal products.
From One Green Planet
GRILLED CHICKEN SALAD WITH CHERRY BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE
If you love sweet cherries like I do, this salad is for you! Now is the perfect time to enjoy fresh, in season cherries to jazz up your next light meal.
SUMMER BERRY SPINACH SALAD
Another summer salad recipe with contrasting flavors, this dish is made special with crunchy red onion, sweet berries, diet-friendly tuna, and a dressing made from rice vinegar and grainy mustard. So simple, yet so delicious!
From Foodie Crush
PEACH SALAD WITH GRILLED BASIL CHICKEN
I just had my first peach of the season today, and it was so sweet and delicious! Well seasoned chicken; creamy, tart feta; fresh, juicy peaches; and White Balsamic Honey Vinaigrette bring seasonal greens to life in this unique, yet simple summer salad recipe.
From Cooking Classy
PINEAPPLE CUCUMBER JALAPENO SALAD
When I worked as a cook in a fine dining restaurant, we made a pineapple salsa with jalapeño that was so fresh and delicious. Before then, I never would have thought to combine the sweet, tropical flavor of pineapple with spicy jalapeños, but it works so well! The ingredients in this salad are already so flavorful, a traditional dressing is not necessary – just lime juice and some salt and pepper, and you’re good to go!
From EatWell 101
ASIAN PEAR SALAD WITH ORANGE GINGER DRESSING
This salad can be enjoyed as a side dish or on its own with fiber rich oranges and the filling protein in edamame. Some tips for choosing the right Asian pear: this pear type should be firm, not soft like the more common European pear, and it should be sweet smelling. The skin of the Asian pear is rougher and thicker than the European pear, but don’t peel that skin, or you’ll be missing out on a lot of the fiber and nutrients this fruit offers!
From Jessica Gavin
SKINNY CHICKEN SALAD
I LOVE fresh chicken salad with grapes and pecans, but I don’t like all the fat and calories in traditional chicken salad recipes. This “skinny” summer salad recipe comes to the rescue and substitutes full fat mayonnaise with healthy Greek yogurt and light mayo to give this salad a rich, satisfying taste without the guilt.
AVOCADO STRAWBERRY SPINACH SALAD WITH POPPYSEED DRESSING
This summer salad recipe is super simple – fresh strawberries, creamy avocado, and crisp red onion. What sets it apart is the sweet poppyseed dressing and tangy blue cheese (one of my favorites!). YUM!
From Gimme Some Oven
WATERMELON FETA SALAD
Watermelon is also coming in season in my area right now, and it’s so sweet, juicy, and delicious!! I usually just slice it and eat it, but why not enjoy something new with this salad – watermelon, sharp feta cheese, and balsamic vinaigrette – looks like I know what I’m having for dinner!
From Layers of Happiness
Eating healthfully in the summertime is super easy with fresh produce and satisfying Fruity Summer Salads like these!
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