With cookouts, barbecues, and holidays, it’s easy to get into the habit of making not so great food choices in the summer. After all, you’ll just have one more slice of that patriotic American flag cake. But if you’re looking to clean up your diet and eat clean again, summer offers a bounty of great fruits and vegetables to make delicious salads with. And there’s just something about those fruit and vegetable roses that make us want to devour these salads in bulk. Check out some of our favorites below.
10 Simple Summer Salad Recipes:
1. Greek Salad With Vegan Feta Cheese
Vegan eaters, rejoice. This salad features vegan-friendly feta cheese. Combined with fresh and seasonal tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions, this salad is the perfect substitute to a greasy cookout meal.
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2. The Armenian Wonder
If you haven’t had tabouleh, now’s your chance to try. This Armenian take on the classic seasonal summer salad will have you rethinking your salad routine.
3. The Green Wonder
We know you avoided green food like the plague growing up, but when you’re grown up, nothing beats this green salad featuring avocados, hazelnuts, citrus miso, napa, and mizuna. A delicious combination sure to put a smile on most faces.
4. For Falafel Foodies
Okay, falafel is another one of those ‘you’ve got to try this’ kind of foods. Slightly salty, lightly spiced, and wholly delicious, falafel makes the perfect topping for this summer salad. If you can’t get enough of chickpeas, top the salad with some hummus for extra protein.
5. Thinly Sliced
Who can really resist veggies sliced into strips? Not us, for sure. This light take on the traditional salad will have you gobbling up tofu faster than you’d have thought was possible.
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For a #WellbeingWednesday weekday supper try this light veggie salad of baked tofu, sea spaghetti and edamame beans. One of my favourites. LX PS. Don't forget to post your beauty & wellbeing questions below or by using #AskLizEarle – I'll be answering them LIVE tonight at 6pm over on Facebook! For the recipe you’ll need: 20g sea spaghetti 250g tofu, very firm 1 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp soy sauce 1 tbsp arrowroot or cornflour 1 tbsp sesame seeds 2 tsp miso paste 1 tsp wasabi paste (or more to taste) 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar 1 tsp kecap manis (sweet soy sauce) 1 tbsp grapeseed oil 1 tsp toasted sesame oil 100g edamame beans, cooked 50g baby spinach ¼ cucumber, shaved into strips 1 bunch spring onions, thinly sliced 6 radishes, thinly sliced 1 tbsp black sesame seeds Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6. Soak sea spaghetti in boiling water for 30 mins, then drain and rinse. Dry the tofu with kitchen roll and cut into 1-2cm squares. In a bowl, mix olive oil and soy sauce, then stir in the tofu and leave for 15 mins. Sieve cornflour over the tofu and stir in the sesame seeds. Place on baking parchment in a hot oven for about 20 minutes until golden brown, giving it a shake halfway through. Mix miso, wasabi, vinegar, kecap manis, grapeseed and sesame oil in a bowl. Remove tofu from oven and allow to cool for 10 mins, then stir through. In a large bowl, toss the tofu with the remaining marinade, sea spaghetti and edamame. Arrange spinach and cucumber on a serving dish and top with the tofu, beans and seaweed. Sprinkle with spring onions, radish and black sesame seeds.
6. The Fruit Salad
Okay, it’s not exactly a fruit salad. But it’s a salad…with fruit. And it’s pretty delicious, regardless. Easy to make, this salad will have you getting plenty of fruits and vegetables throughout your day.
7. Too Cute To Eat
It’s hard to resist fruits and vegetables when they’re presented like this, really. The only issue? It’s almost too cute to eat.
8. Red and Fresh
For a less traditional take on the summer salad, try this beet and red cabbage salad, topped with mandarin oranges. Balsamic vinegar and sesame seeds top off this fantastic way to eat clean.
9. The California
Mind you, this simple salad can be done anywhere. With some of everything mixed in, this one will be sure to please any picky crowd at your next get together.
10. The Caprese
Yours doesn’t have to look this fancy, but a caprese salad is a great non traditional way to eat a salad. There’s something about tomato and mozzarella that’s simply delectable. Top it with balsamic vinegar and you’ve got a dish that’s hard to resist.