by Jennifer McGuire
When the weather heats up, it’s the perfect time to whip up light and refreshing salads. From fruit to pasta to all those fresh, leafy varieties – there’s no limits to what you can toss and serve this summer. Here are just a few delicious and inspiring salad ideas.
Keep it Fresh and Fruity
There’s nothing more refreshing in the summer than perfectly ripe berries. Luckily, just about any berry can be used in a salad. A great one to try is a strawberry feta tossed salad. The ingredients are simple, and the end result is a healthy, sweet salad that is sure to impress. Although it calls for strawberries, you can definitely toss on a fruit of your choice. Think blueberries, raspberries and even peaches.
Pass the Pasta
A great summer get-together is not compete without an amazing pasta salad. One simple showstopper is a pesto pasta caprese salad. There’s nothing like fresh garden basil, which is highlighted in this lovely summer dish. The addition of sweet grape tomatoes, fresh mozzarella balls, pesto and olive oil are sure to make this a huge hit. Not only does it taste amazing, but it’s also photo worthy. Again, you can get creative and throw in some spices and other veggies, but honestly just sticking to the recipe on this one is really the way to go.
Did Someone Say Salad for Dessert?
You know what they say, everything old can be made new again. So, start going through grandma’s recipe books, because there’s bound to be a couple of dessert salads that you can modernize with ease. Take for instance, this pineapple pretzel fluff recipe. Talk about a refreshing new take on the dessert salad. This recipe calls for canned pineapple, but you can always go the extra mile and choose fresh. These types of dessert salads are the perfect addition to any summer barbecue.
As you plan your summer days, make sure and toss in a few of these fun summer salads – pun intended. Enjoy!