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Too Hot to Cook? Try These Simple Summer Salads

Summer salad recipes are great for no-cook dinnersNow that the USDA has unveiled a brand-new “food pyramid”, MyPlate, recommending that half of each meal consist of vegetables and fruits, it’s a good time to consider the salad as a main course.

Salads make for great, light summertime meals (look, Ma, no oven!), but it’s all too easy to become quickly bored with what some may view as standard “rabbit fare.” Avoid salad burnout with these inspired ideas that go far beyond boring lettuce and give you everything you need to stay healthy and satisfied. Below are endless possibilities for a summer diet you’ll actually enjoy.

Fresh Summer Salad Recipes:
Yellow Split-Pea Salad (Taste of Beirut)
Spinach, Strawberry, and Watermelon Salad (Healthy Tipping Point)
Asparagus and Potato Salad (Oh She Glows)
Beet, Grapefruit, and Mache Salad (Kitchen Confidante)
Hearts of Palm Salad (Our Life in Food)
Radish and Grape Salad with Goat Cheese Croutons (Cooking Books)
Grilled Corn Summer Salad (A Full Measure of Happiness)
Kale and Beet Salad (Yummy Mummy Kitchen)

In any diet, it’s important to incorporate lots of lean protein, and these salads do just that — deliciously.
Ultimate Falafel Salad (Keep it Simple Foods)
Grilled Flank Steak Salad with Goat Cheese (Victory or Death in the Kitchen)
Grilled Chicken with Orange and Feta Salad (Vanilla Clouds and Lemon Drops)
Chickpea Salad with Lemon Herb (Heat Oven to 350)
Smoked Salmon, Bread, and Avocado Salad (Greedy Gourmand)

One caveat: Watch the dressing, or you could defeat the purpose of all those healthy veggies.

What do you think of the new nutritional guidelines? Do you eat enough veggies?


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