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Sensational Summer Salads

So next weekend is the unofficial start of summer and I think I saw a few people in Chicago posting pictures of snow the other day on Facebook. Whaaaat is going on here? One of these days it will be warm enough for shorts and maybe even beach weather… Hopefully before fall… Beach weather or not, at least salads are in season. I’m seeing lots more fresh colorful produce at the grocery store, and farmers markets will be in full swing soon, even in Chicago 🙂 What do you like to put in a salad? They can be a bit time-consuming to make, so when I make a salad, I like to make it a meal AND I like to make enough for tomorrow’s lunch or dinner. That means of course greens and anything colorful in the fruit or vegetable category, but it also means protein. I love any kind of beans, nuts and seeds because they’re always in my pantry; grilled chicken, tofu or salmon if I really plan ahead; and whenever I can’t think of a good protein, there are always eggs and cheese to save the day. Need some inspiration? Here are some of my favorite healthy meal salads from Pinterest.

Broccoli Cauliflower Carrot Salad|Jeanett’s Healthy Living
Broccoli Cauliflower Carrot Salad|Jeanett’s Healthy Living

 

Greek Salad with Zesty Lemon Dressing|Natasha’s Kitchen
Greek Salad with Zesty Lemon Dressing|Natasha’s Kitchen

 

Heirloom Tomato Bacon Summer Salad|In Sockmonkey Slippers
Heirloom Tomato Bacon Summer Salad|In Sockmonkey Slippers

 

Warm Lentil Salad|Craving Something Healthy
Warm Lentil Salad|Craving Something Healthy

 

Blood Orange Salad|Simply Scratch
Blood Orange Salad|Simply Scratch

 

Fried Chicken Cobb Salad|Heather Christo
Fried Chicken Cobb Salad|Heather Christo

 

Zucchini Ribbon Salad|Proud Italian Cook
Zucchini Ribbon Salad|Proud Italian Cook

 

Asian Kale Slaw|Taste Love and Nourish
Asian Kale Slaw|Taste Love and Nourish

 

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Mexican Salad|Two Peas and Their Pod
Sweet Potato and Black Bean Mexican Salad|Two Peas and Their Pod

 

Sesame Tofu Salad with Quinoa|Craving Something Healthy
Sesame Tofu Salad with Quinoa|Craving Something Healthy

Do you have a favorite salad recipe? How about a secret salad dressing recipe?   Eat well!

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4 Comments

    1. I hear you! Especially now that I’m in AZ. It’s the only thing that tastes good to me in the summer 🙂

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