Best Summer Salads - Super Quick and Easy Recipes

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When it’s burning up outside, the last thing you (probably) want is a big bowl of hot soup or a heavy pasta dish. No, a nice salad is something that definitely sounds so much more refreshing. It’s quick and easy to make, there are a million-and-one options from which to choose. It’s also a healthy meal that will help to keep you cool and satisfied.

Try Some of Our Favorite Healthy Summer Salads Today

In honor of summer officially being in full swing, we’ve got five options for you to try, along with why we selected the ingredients that we did. As far as the lettuce in it goes, the choice is totally up to you. We will say that one of the least healthy is iceberg lettuce, while the ones that are really good for you include spinach, romaine, and kale.

Are you ready to treat your taste buds (and the rest of your body) to something summery and delicious?

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What Should You Pair With Your Salad?

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Before we dive into all of the delicious summer salad recipes below, it’s important to mention that these salads might not be everything you need for a full summer meal. If you’re looking to pair these salads with some type of entree or additional side, you’ll need to prepare something like a meat dish or protein to have a fully balanced meal.

If you are looking to pair these salads with a hearty and delicious meat-based entree, we seriously recommend taking a look at what Omaha Steaks has to offer this summer. Steaks, chicken, fish, and additional meats and sides can easily be delivered directly to you, and for a great price. And now, you can get 50% off sitewide during their customer appreciation sale (valid 7/14/22- 8/1/22)!

Mango Avocado Salad

Summer Salad - Mango Avocado Salad

Mangoes are one of the most delicious “multi-vitamins” there are! From vitamins A, B5, C, E, and K, to copper, niacin, and folate. Mangoes have the ability to support your heart, digestive health, and eye health. They also give your hair and skin a beautiful glow. Additionally, avocadoes have lots of vitamins B5, B6, C, E, K, and even more potassium than bananas!

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What You’ll Need: 

Watch the video here for directions on how to make this delicious salad!

Cherry Cucumber Salad

Summer Salad - Cherry Cucumber Salad

Bing cherries are perfect for summer salads because they are actually in season from May to August. They’re a low-calorie food that has tons of antioxidants in them. Bing cherries also contain melatonin, potassium, magnesium, and the amino acid L-tryptophan that will help you to relax (they are a perfect natural sleep agent if you eat them an hour before bed).

What You’ll Need: 

  • Bing cherries
  • Cucumber
  • Almonds
  • Lettuce

Watch the video here for directions on how to make this delicious salad!

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Turkey Mango Salad

Summer Salad - Turkey Mango Salad

If you want to eat your way to healthy hair and skin, pine nuts can certainly help you out. They’ve got lots of vitamins E and K. Pine nuts also contain iron, thiamin, niacin and folate. If you need an energy boost, want to suppress your appetite, enhance your brain health, cut down your cancer risk or strengthen your bones, that’s just one more reason to sprinkle some pine nuts over your salad.

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What You’ll Need:

Watch the video here for directions on how to make this delicious salad!

Chicken Orange Salad

Summer Salad - Chicken Orange Salad

Oranges have tons and tons of antioxidants in them so that you can fight off free radicals and your immune system can stay in top shape. Oranges are also a good source of folate, potassium, and citric acid (which can help to keep kidney stones at bay). Some research indicates that oranges can help to prevent anemia, control your blood sugar levels and even aid in preventing skin damage.

Chicken is another food that has lots of protein, vitamins B and D, potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, and magnesium in it. It’s the kind of food that keeps your body’s cells and tissues healthy. It’s also the kind of food that is great for nail and oral health and, it’s able to balance your cortisol (stress) hormone levels as well.

What You’ll Need:

  • Orange
  • Almonds
  • Lettuce
  • Chicken/Turkey breast

Watch the video here for directions on how to make this delicious salad!

Turkey Apple Salad

Summer Salad - Turkey Apple Salad

Turkey is relatively lean meat that is packed with protein, potassium, selenium, and zinc. Because of this, it’s the kind of food that will strengthen your immunity, boost your metabolism, and can even help you to shed a few pounds. Apples contain Vitamin C and K and fiber, along with polyphenols which are plant-based micronutrients.

What You’ll Need:

Watch the video here for directions on how to make this delicious salad!

As far as salad dressing goes…

As you’ll notice in the video, all of these salads are pretty delicious with a little bit of salt and pepper and/or olive oil. But if you’d like a little more taste than that, you can squeeze some fresh lemon, lime, and/or orange juice onto them.

Some other healthy and delicious dressing additions include apple cider vinegar, raw honey, fresh mint, or plain Greek yogurt with some fresh herbs mixed in. Sounds pretty delightful, doesn’t it? Enjoy your summer salads!

As these recipes include a lot of super fruits, learn more about with fruits you should be including in your healthy summer diet!