5 Delicious Warm-weather Salads

5 Delicious Warm-weather Salads

See 5 deliciously simple ways to get the most out of your warm-weather produce.


By: Whitney Friedlander

Warm Weather Salads
Warm weather seasons are perfect opportunities to serve heartier salads as entrees. Not only is this usually a time of year when people start watching their figures, but also the added daylight hours and rising temperatures call for quick and easy meals that don’t require you to waste precious free time sweating over a hot stove. All you really need to make filling, wholesome salads this spring are fresh ingredients, some giant bowls and a dash of creativity.

1. Mediterranean Salads
Who knew cold cuts and chopped veggies could be so exotic? Embrace the Mediterranean lifestyle just by perusing your grocery’s produce section. A bonus: This salad is also a good way to get in some protein and fiber without worrying about heavy dressing.

2. Lemon Chickpea Salad
For a vegetarian-friendly dash of European flavor, there’s Jeanine Donofrio’s lemon chickpea salad. Donofrio, who runs the Austin, Texas-based blog Love & Lemons with her husband, Jack Mathews, uses chickpeas, Dijon mustard, cumin, chopped lettuce and (befitting her blog’s name) a lot of lemon juice to create a wholesome chickpea salad in next to no time.

3. Grilled Chicken and Corn Salad
Fire up the grill! Christin Mahrlig of Fort Mill SC Living suggests marinating a chicken breast in lemon juice, rosemary and garlic before grilling it with some ears of corn. Slice up the chicken and remove the corn kernels from the cobs. Serve them both with avocado and Parmesan cheese on top of baby spinach.

4. Melon and Prosciutto Salad
Satiate those salty-sweet cravings with thin slices of prosciutto and seasonal melons, says Justine Sulia, of Boulder, Colo., who runs the website Cooking & Beer. She makes hers with watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe and tops it with red onion and crumbled feta cheese

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5. Thai Shrimp Salad
Kick your meal up a notch with a Thai shrimp salad. The blog Bev Cooks suggests using vermicelli, a little fish sauce, lime juice, sugar snap peas and, for a bit of spice, minced red peppers and sambal oelek chili paste. (Spice lovers should feel free to indulge their cravings with that last ingredient).

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To be honest, sometimes you can use cheese instead of the dressings themselves. One way to spoosh up your calories.

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