July seems to have come and gone in the blink of an eye, but there are still a few weeks of summer to savor before we have to bid adieu to warmer temperatures and weekends down the shore. To take one worry off your plate as you count down the days to fall, we’ve got the perfect summer salads to put on it. Grab some ripe tomatoes, a couple avocados, and a few sprigs of fresh mint, and wind the summer down with one (or all – they’re worth it) of these delicious salads.
1. Blueberry and Feta Salad
Berries are a quick and easy way to give any fresh summer salad a bit of tanginess, and this blueberry salad gets double the tang thanks to its tasty lemon poppyseed dressing. An assortment of greens like spinach and arugula make the perfect base for the summery salad, while additions like almonds and red onions add flavor, and serve as a great source of nutrients like protein and folate, respectively.
Get the recipe on Lemon Tree Dwelling.
2. Cucumber, Avocado, and Feta Salad
When it comes to prepping summer dishes, it never hurts to have a meal that is as simple to make as it is fresh and flavorful to taste. With just five simple ingredients, this salad is especially easy to whip up when you’re a little bit pressed for time. Cucumber gives the salad a cool, refreshing base, while avocado adds a bit of creaminess and dill gives a nice pop of flavor.
Get the recipe on Two Peas and Their Pod.
3. Mixed Tomato Salad
Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of ripe, juicy tomatoes, whether your supply is coming from the farmer’s market or a garden right in your own backyard. Grab an assortment of tomatoes – green, ox heart, and grape, for example – for a salad with variety and a ton of bright color. Tossing the vegetables in a variety of herbs and spices, like vitamin C- and fiber-rich sumac, gives this salad a burst of flavor and healthy nutrients.
Get the recipe on Share Design.
4. Shaved Summer Squash Salad
A mandolin makes it easy to slice fresh summer squash into expertly shaved ribbons that taste tremendous when tossed in a zesty citronette and topped with salty feta cheese. Plus, a sprinkling of pine nuts on this crisp salad helps boost your energy, and may even suppress your appetite a bit, making it valuable in aiding with weight loss and management.
Get the recipe on Cookie and Kate.
5. Strawberry, Avocado, and Chicken Salad
Sweet, slightly sour strawberries are balanced out by creamy, nutty avocado in this fruity summer salad. Grilled chicken gives the salad a heartier feel – this is definitely one you can enjoy on its own as opposed to as a side – and the balsamic tarragon dressing is a perfectly rich flavor addition that ties all of the flavors together.
Get the recipe on Foodie Crush.
6. Watermelon, Feta, and Mint Salad
Watermelon is a summer staple, and including the fruit in a savory salad is a great way to shake things up on your plate. Creamy, salty feta works wonders when paired with sweet watermelon, and a bit of mint gives this salad an extra kick. To really take it over the top, though, try adding other flavorful inclusions, like peppery arugula or even a bit of chili pepper.
Get the recipe on Serious Eats.
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About Tamara Rahoumi
Tamara Rahoumi is a writer on The Path Editorial Team. She is a graduate of Rutgers University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in magazine journalism at NYU. Her passion for wellness always has her researching the latest fitness trends, experimenting with recipes from superfood cookbooks, and working towards an overall healthier and happier lifestyle. In addition to reading her articles on The Path, you can follow her adventures on her lifestyle blog, The Curly Nomad.