Produce aisles, farmers markets, and gardens everywhere are flourishing with fresh produce. Take advantage of all of the new fruits and vegetables and make light, refreshing summer salads. These dishes are loaded with vitamins and minerals to help keep our bodies healthy and working at their absolute best. They also contain antioxidants and polyphenols to help support immune function, ward off cancer, and promote healthy aging. Not to mention fresh fruits and vegetables are packed with fiber to aid in digestive health, keep us feeling full, and possibly prevent over-eating. Please note that not all salads are friendly to your waistline. Cheese, croutons, creamy dressings, and fried chicken toppings can add a lot of saturated fat and calories to your salad and should be used sparingly.
The following recipes are summer favorites and include many spring and summer fruits and vegetables. Get creative and make up your own salad recipes -Just be sure to make it fresh and colorful!
Spinach and Strawberry Salad
- 2 tbsp poppy seeds
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tbsp grated onion
*Whisk dressing ingredients together and chill 1-2 hours.
- 10-12 oz fresh washed and dried spinach
- 1 quart fresh, sliced strawberries
- OPTIONAL - 1/4 cup almonds or walnuts
*Pour dressing over salad and chill 10 minutes before serving. Serves 4-6.
Tomato and Watermelon Salad
- 4 cups of cubed, seedless watermelon
- 3 large diced tomatoes
- 1/4 cup sliced red onion
- 1/4 cup Feta cheese
- 1/4 fresh basil roughly chopped
- salt and pepper to taste
*Toss together and enjoy! Serves 4-6
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