15 Salads For Summer

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Summertime and the living is easy!  When the temperature rises,  we start grilling and living on salads in this household.  Lots and lots of salads.  Here are 15 of my favorite from the blog’s archives. Some are entrée salads. Many of them can easily be turned into a meal by adding a favorite grilled protein. They all lend themselves to substitutions of a preferred green or a more seasonal ingredient as the garden starts producing.  There are several grain-based salads as I find they hold up well in the summer heat and can be assembled in advance.  Again, feel free to substitute a different grain of choice. Make your salads come alive wth infused oils and vinegars and flavored salts.  Click on the highlighted titles to access the recipes.  Happy summer!

1- Roasted Honey Balsamic FIg Salad with Goat Cheese and Pistachios

Don’t like figs? Grill peaches for an equally dazzling salad.

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Spring Pea and Edamame Salad with Shaved Pecorino

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This salad is one of my favorite spring dishes and always very popular.  It is a salad that holds up well, can easily be adapted for a crowd and really livens up a box lunch.  Its bright citrusy notes with fresh mint satisfy our spring cravings for fresh flavors.  It is great on its own or as a side.

There are many ways to modify the recipe.  I have made it with all edamame, red onions instead of scallions and feta cheese instead of pecorino.  The possibilities are endless.  Make it totally your own!

The nutitional punch this salad packs is impressive.  Edamame is one of of those star legumes:  good source of protein, high in fiber, rich in vitamins A and C and a good source of iron and calcium.  Just 1/2 cup provides the fiber of 4 slices of whole wheat bread and the iron of a 4 oz  chicken breast!(WebMD)  Fava beans are a great source of folate and manganese as well as fiber and iron.(healthyeating.sfgate.com)   This salad is not only tasty, it totally rocks on the nutritional front!

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