Summer Salads to Beat the Heat

Summer is in full swing and one of the many benefits of this warm weather season is having easy access to the freshest and most delicious produce you could ask for. They don't call New Jersey the Garden State for nothing. What better way to layer up those delicious veggies (and fruits) than in a vibrant and healthy salad. Full of heart healthy fiber, antioxidants, healthy fats, and lean protein, these dishes are perfect for lunch, dinner, or even a snack. An added bonus ... many of these recipes involve little to no cooking. Not only are they a breeze to make, but they can help you give your oven a break so you can keep the heat outside and stay cool in the kitchen.

Easy Peasy Tomato, Basil, & Cheese-y Salad

Hands down the easiest recipe on this list. Simply toss together Cherry Tomatoes, Mozzarella Balls, and Fresh Basil and drizzle with Olive Oil, Salt and Pepper. Delicioso!

2 cups Cherry Tomatoes

8oz. Mozzarella Balls (cherry size)

1/4 cup Olive Oil

Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions: Toss together and chill until ready to serve. 4 appetizer servings.

Grilled Chicken & Pomegranate Salad with Honey Orange Dressing

This is an easy and elegant summer supper. Add some toasty french bread and a bottle of wine and it's perfect for a date night under the stars. Short on time? Pick up a rotisserie chicken to make this a no cook recipe.

2 cups Grilled Chicken (seasoned to taste)

4 cups Baby Spinach

1/2 cup Pomegranate Seeds

2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar

2 Tbsp Orange Juice

1 Tbsp Honey

1 Tbsp Canola Oil

1/8 tsp onion powder

salt and pepper to taste

Place spinach in a large salad bowl. Mix vinegar, orange juice, oil and spices until well blended. Add dressing to spinach and gently toss. Add grilled chicken and pomegranate seeds to salad and gently toss before serving. Serves 2.