Summer Salads for Supper, Lunch or Snacks
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.
Chicken, Avocado & Arugula Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
This is one layered up salad. For those of you who don't think salad can be filling, this dish may have you second guessing. It's chock full of protein, healthy fats and rich in vitamins with mushrooms brimming with B vitamins and you'll also get a nice dose of lycopene from those tiny tomatoes.
2 Grilled Chicken Breasts
3 cups Spinach Leaves (torn)
1 cup Arugula
1 Avocado (sliced)
1 cup Cherry or Grape Tomatoes
1 cup Mushrooms (sliced)
1/2 cup of your favorite Balsamic Dressing (Trader Joe's is a great choice for a short-cut dinner)
1Tbsp Sesame Seeds
Toss spinach and arugula together and split between two plates. Layer grilled chicken, avocado, mushrooms and tomatoes. Drizzle with balsamic dressing and sprinkle with sesame seeds before serving. Serves 2.