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Healthy Summer Salads Your Family Will Love!

In today’s post we’re going to talk about salads! Salads can be a refreshing meal idea when it’s hot out and you don’t want something too heavy or caloric. And, they’re great for all kinds of diets like veganism or gluten-free living.

In this blog post, we’ll cover three different types of healthy summer salad recipes that are sure to satisfy your taste buds while keeping you feeling light and refreshed along with 12 different recipes you’ll love!

Healthy Summer Salad Recipes @ A Storybook Day

Superfoods are important to include in your diet and an easy way to do that during the summer months is by using seasonal produce. Seasonal produce is perfect for salads, which makes it a great meal option because you can often prep these ahead of time so all you have to worry about when lunchtime rolls around will be grabbing some fruit or crackers.

You can include healthy seasonal produce in your diet with these summer salad recipes. The ingredients are readily available, and they often work well for meal prep!

3 Types of Healthy Summer Salads Your Family will Love!

Here are 3 types of healthy summer salad recipe ideas that are packed with tons of flavor!

Fruit Salads

Fruit salads are one of the easiest types of salads to make, and they can also double as a dessert because they’re naturally sweet. Fruits make for a great addition to salads in the summer, since they provide much needed hydration. 

Fruit Salad

Although fruit is naturally sweet, it still provides your body with the nutrients you need to maintain health. Seasonal summer fruits that belong to the berry family include strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. Peaches, cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelon are also abundant during the summer and wonderful to eat when in season.

Eating some tropical fruit like bananas, coconuts, mangos and kiwi can also be a refreshing treat during the long summer months. Include some of each for a bright, colorful and sweet salad that adults and kids will love. To add some tangy relief, you could try adding feta cheese or a yogurt dressing to your salad. Including nuts, such as walnuts or almonds, is another way to add variety. Here are some fruity salads to try:

  1. Summer Fruit Salad by House Of Nash Eats
  2. Melon Mosaic Salad by How Sweet Eats
  3. Watermelon Feta Salad by Salt And Lavender
  4. Tropical Fruit Salad With Coconut And Lime by Flavor The Moments

Green Salads

Leafy greens provide the perfect canvas for adding items such as fruits, cheese and nuts, which are also full of nutrients that add to the iron, fiber and protein found in various greens. Whether you’re creating a side salad or turning it into an entree, green salads are always in season.

Green Salad

Lettuce and leafy salad greens thrive most in cooler weather, but you can still find various varieties of spinach, kale, and other greens to use in building a hearty salad in the summer. Add fruits, corn, zucchini and yellow squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, avocado and delicious dressings to give these salads a superfood kick. Here are some ideas for building a green summer salad:

  1. Arugula Salad With Berries by Natasha’s Kitchen
  2. Grilled Corn And Zucchini Salad by Tidy Mom
  3. Summer Peach And Spinach Salad by Ambitious Kitchen
  4. Cucumber Tomato Salad by Love And Lemons

Pasta Salads

Cold pasta salads are perfect for those backyard cookouts, potlucks and tailgates. Additionally, they can be a cold option for those times when it’s too hot to turn on the oven or stand over a stove cooking.

Pasta Salad

Experiment with different shapes and sizes of pasta. There are an unlimited number of combinations for you to explore today that wouldn’t have been possible years ago! There are pastas made from flour, rice, corn, lentil, cassava, chickpea, and more, which provides a wide range for almost any diet, including those that need gluten-free and grain-free options.

Pasta dishes are perfect for using summer produce to create a vibrant and fresh meal. You can also add meat or seafood to your pasta salad for an extra protein punch. Here are a few great recipes for pasta salad inspiration for the summer.

  1. Orzo Pasta Salad by Carlsbad Cravings
  2. Thai Noodle Salad With Peanut Sauce by Feasting At Home
  3. Pineapple Salsa Pasta Salad by Life Love And Sugar
  4. Spinach Pesto Tortellini Salad by Little Spice Jar