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Easy Summer Salad Ideas

Posted by: Mira Roberts
Apartment Kitchen at Commonwealth at York

Summer in Coastal Virginia is bright, sunny and hot, making it the perfect time of year to give your oven a seasonal vacation. When temperatures begin to rise, cool down with fresh, light fare that you can prepare in just minutes, and serve simple, summer salads to your whole family.

Whether your family prefers a salad packed with protein and crisp veggies, or fresh fruit and seafood, we’ve chosen a few delicious summer salad ideas to help you keep every member of your brood satisfied. You can prepare any of these salads as a side dish, appetizer or main course, and most are perfect for bringing to potluck parties and summer cookouts.

No matter what your tastes, we’re sure you’ll love one of these delicious, refreshing and satisfying summer salad ideas!

Crisp Cobb Salad
This crisp, classic cobb salad recipe is a perfect way to fill up without feeling weighed down on hot, summer days. Perfectly boiled egg, crispy bacon and ripe avocado give this salad everything you need to satisfy your hunger and your taste buds.

Tropical Fruit Salad
This exotic fruit salad is a perfect snack or side dish on hot days and features sweet pineapple, fresh mint, ripe mango and creamy yogurt. Serve for brunch and surprise your guests with sweet, satisfying flavors and textures they’ll love!

Mayo-Free Potato Salad
Believe it or not, potato salad can be just as delicious (if not more) without heavy mayo, and this recipe is proof! The secret to this recipe’s success is seasoned vinegar, as well as fresh garlic, parsley and a dash of sugar to perk things up.

Corn Salad
What is summer without corn salad? We don’t want to know. This delicious recipe features tangy feta, chopped onion, fresh basil, cherry tomatoes and a squeeze of lime, and is the ultimate in refreshing, satisfying and flavorful summer salads.

Caprese Salad
This salad recipe is by far one of the easiest to create, and will be a crowd favorite, all year long. The trick is to big the ripest, juiciest tomatoes, fresh, green basil and your favorite fresh mozzarella. Then, slice, arrange and season, and it’s ready to eat!

Chicken Caesar Wraps
Those who prefer to eat their salad inside a wrap will want to turn to this delicious and hearty chicken caesar wrap recipe that is packed with protein and flavor for hot and hungry days. Creamy caesar dressing, fresh parmesan and perfectly cooked chicken breast make this recipe really stand out!

Shrimp Salad
Seafood lovers can delight in this perfect combination of flavors, including Old Bay seasoning, fresh shrimp cooked to perfection, chopped celery, lemon juice and worcestershire sauce. You can top this salad over fresh greens or romaine or pack it into a pita or whole wheat wrap on days when you need something extra to fill you up.

Cucumber Salad
This easy cucumber salad recipe is a perfect side dish to just about anything, particularly grilled burgers, chicken and kebabs, and it comes together in just minutes! Fresh cucumbers, white wine vinegar and fresh dill bring out the tangy, zesty flavors in this light and refreshing recipe we’re sure you’ll love!

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Mira Roberts

Mira Roberts studied writing at New York University, graduating with a BA in English Literature before pursuing a career in media, marketing and management with PARADE Magazine, Portfolio Magazine, AltDaily, skirt! and lululemon athletica. A full time mother, writing instructor and part-time freelance writer, Mira lives and laughs with her family in Norfolk, VA. 


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