A fresh salad is the perfect quick and easy summer meal. It takes minimal preparation and fills you up without weighing you down. Plus, it's a great way to use the produce that's in season: Think juicy berries, refreshing melons and sweet peppers. Now that summer's in full swing, we're sharing our five favorite summer salad recipes that are sure to be a hit with you and your family.

Indian-inspired salad

Chicken salad can be high in fat and calories, but this curried chicken salad with grapes and walnuts is diet-friendly and packed with health benefits. Sweet grapes help keep your blood pressure in check. Crunchy walnuts are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to reduce bad (LDL) cholesterol. Learn more about cholesterol health. And flavorful curry powder can help improve digestion.

Curried Chicken Salad

Serves 4
Total 10 minutes

Ingredients

IngredientsMeasures
plain fat-free yogurt 1 cup
grapes, halved, or 1/4 cup raisins 1/2 cup
curry powder 2 teaspoons
salt Dash
walnuts (optional) 1/4 cup
lettuce 1
chopped leftover chicken 2 cups

Directions

Mix yogurt with grapes or raisins, curry powder, and a dash of salt. (If you have any walnuts, toss in 1/4 cup.) Chop the lettuce, and place into each of four bowls. Combine the chicken with the yogurt mixture, and spoon on top of the beds of lettuce. Serve immediately, or chill until ready to serve.

Superfood salad

Want a light lunch that not only tastes great, but can also reduce your risk of several diseases? This spinach and strawberry salad is your answer. Eating spinach helps ward off certain eye problems, type 2 diabetes and cancer. The antioxidants in strawberries help protect against cancer, heart disease and other conditions. And pecans are among the best nuts for your health.

Spinach and strawberry salad with pecans

Serves 1
Total 20 minutes

Ingredients

IngredientsMeasures
raw sliced strawberries 1/2 cup
balsamic vinegar 1/2 tablespoon
baby spinach 3/4 cup
chopped pecans 1/8 cup
olive oil 1 tablespoon
salt (to taste) 1 dash
stevia, vanilla flavor 1 drop

Directions

In a small bowl mix balsamic vinegar and stevia. Slowly whisk in olive oil. Season with salt. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Spread spinach on plate, top with strawberries and pecans. Drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette and serve.

Bold bean salad

This satisfying salad features a rainbow of healthy ingredients including mango, red bell peppers and corn. But black beans are the star here: They're packed with protein and fiber to help you feel full, plus nutrients that help lower your risk of colon cancer and heart disease. Learn more about heart disease. You can serve this salad right away or make the vegetable mixture up to a day ahead.

Black bean mango salad

Serves 6
Total 35 minutes

Ingredients

IngredientsMeasures
mango, peeled, pitted and cubed 1
chopped fresh cilantro 2 tablespoons
green onions, thinly sliced 4
medium red bell pepper, seeded and chopped 1
frozen corn, thawed or fresh corn off the cob 1 cup
cooked black beans (1 cup dried) or 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, no-salt-added or low sodium, drained 3 cups
fresh lime juice 3 tablespoons
minced fresh garlic 1 teaspoon
dried oregano 1 teaspoon
ground cumin 1 teaspoon
chili powder dash
chopped romaine lettuce 9 cups

Directions

If using fresh corn on the cob, steam for seven minutes or until tender, drain, cool and cut kernels off the cob, cutting close to the cob. Mix all the ingredients, except the lettuce. Allow salad to stand at least 15 minutes before serving. Serve on a bed of chopped green lettuce. The vegetable mixture can be made a day ahead and refrigerated. To do so, combine all the ingredients except the mango. Add the mango and a splash of lime juice just before serving.

Summer side salad

This vibrant salad with tender asparagus and ripe cherry tomatoes is loaded with important vitamins and minerals. It's rich in in vitamin C, which promotes a healthy immune system, vitamin B, which helps the body convert food into energy, and vitamin K, which is important for strong bones. Another bonus: It's only 57 calories per serving!

Tomato asparagus salad

Serves 6
Total 1 hour

Ingredients

IngredientsMeasures
fresh asparagus, trimmed 1 pound
romaine lettuce, torn 8 cups
low fat Italian salad dressing 1/3 cup
cherry tomatoes, halved 12
Parmesan cheese, shredded 2 tablespoons

Directions

Cook asparagus in boiling water for five to six minutes or until crisp-tender; plunge into ice water to stop cooking. Divide lettuce between six plates, arrange asparagus and tomatoes on top and drizzle with Italian dressing. Sprinkle with cheese and chill one hour before serving.

Tangy fruit salad

Regular fruit salad gets a sweet and tangy upgrade with the addition of honey and yogurt in this delicious recipe. It's also better for your health than plain fruit salad: Yogurt can help boost your immune system and aid in the absorption of essential nutrients. Serve it for dessert or bring it as a side for a picnic. At just 100 calories per serving, everyone will want to dig in.

Honey and yogurt fruit salad

Serves 6
Total 10 minutes

Ingredients

IngredientsMeasures
lemon yogurt 1 cup
honey 1 tablespoon
lemon juice 1 teaspoon
watermelon balls 2 cups
cantaloupe balls 2 cups
halved fresh strawberries 2 cups

Directions

In a salad bowl, whisk together the lemon yogurt, honey, and lemon juice until smooth, and gently fold in the watermelon balls, cantaloupe balls, and strawberries. Toss to coat, and serve.


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