Salad is not my go-to meal during the winter. To be honest, all I want when it’s cold out are carbs (and a fluffy blanket), and maybe tea as well.
But…things are different during the summer. I crave salads, which is really strange cause I don’t feel this way during the other seasons. It’s the weirdest thing ever. When it’s hot out, I just want something refreshing, non-bloating, and ultimately healthy.
Plus, I always make sure to add fruit to my summer salads so that they’re sweet and refreshing. Here are my favorites!
1. Kale and clementine salad
I love kale salads. I don’t usually make them at home but I get them when I’m eating at Sweetgreen or some other restaurant. This one right here is perfect cause it has two of my favorite salad ingredients: feta and avocado! Also, bonus points for being one of the few kale salads without a creamy dressing. Get the recipe here.
2. Mostly fruit (and some vegetables) salad
This salad is packed with Vitamin C. If you’re like me and like a good dose of citrus fruits now and then, then you have to try this one! Plus, the apples and cranberries balance out the sour taste with some sweetness. It’s a bowl of a little bit of everything. Get the recipe here.
3. Quinoa fruit salad
Sometimes you need carbs in your life, and when you wanna skip the bloating, go for red quinoa (great addition to any fruit salad). Also, can I highlight the fact that it has mango in it?! YASS!! Get the recipe here.
4. Blueberry and spinach salad
It might sound like an odd combination at first, but it’s literally my favorite! I discovered this salad around a year ago and I always come back to it. It’s very light, specially because it doesn’t have a heavy dressing. So if you love olive oil (and olives) like I do, then this one’s for you. Get the recipe here.
5. Grapes and arugula salad
Arugula is a great substitute for spinach or the traditional spring mix. It gives salads a bitter taste (in a good way), and goes along perfectly with sweet stuff, in this case, grapes! You can stick to one type of grape or go with both as they did in this recipe. Get the recipe here.
6. Kale and blackberries salad
I like this one because it’s super simple to make and doesn’t require too many ingredients. It might seem weird at first to mix avocado with blackberries but once you try it, you’ll never go back. Get the recipe here.
7. Caprese salad with a twist
When you don’t really care about bloating or being too healthy, pasta is always the answer. This is the only “creamy” salad on the list, but the balsamic glaze makes it a worthwhile exception. Also, switching up the tomatoes in the traditional caprese for strawberries, gives it an unexpected summer twist. Did I forget to mention that it has my favorite cheese in it (mozzarella)?! Get the recipe here.
8. Farro and cherries salad
For the last recipe, I thought I should add a salad that has the most “summer-y” fruit there is: cherries! I’ve never made farro at home but I usually get it when I’m out eating at restaurants, and let me tell you, it’s better than – or similar to – rice! It also works perfect with sweet things and nuts, which is why this one makes for the perfect farro salad. I also love celery for its neutral taste because it makes the sweetness of the cherries a bit less overwhelming. Get the recipe here.