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Lettuce Eat

Warm weather calls for refreshing, easy-to-make dishes. Give your summer salads a fresh, colorful spin with these quick and easy recipes.

Article
Tiffany Duncan
Photos
Chelsi Fisher
Posted
April 28, 2018

May means bathing suit season is around the corner, so keeping meals on the lighter side can be helpful in beating back those residual winter pounds. Having a few go-to salad recipes to start meal prepping for work lunches or to avoid carb-laden dinners is a quick way to cut down on daily calorie intake.

We’re not talking sad, watery salads here, either. There seems to be a common misconception that eating on the lighter side will make you miserable and hangry, but with some creativity and the right ingredients, it becomes easy to crave salad over burgers or pizza. It can be difficult, however, to transform into a salad eater overnight with no guidance, so here’s a couple recipes packed with flavors and textures to get you started.

Chopped Thai Salad with Sesame Garlic Dressing

With mingling flavors of fresh garlic, toasty sesame, and the bright, juicy crunch of chopped veggies, this salad should be on your weekly meal rotation.

Chopped Thai Salad with Sesame Garlic Dressing (Photo: Chelsi Fisher)
Chopped Thai Salad with Sesame Garlic Dressing (Photo: Chelsi Fisher)

Homemade Italian Vinaigrette

Everyone needs a favorite back-pocket recipe for homemade dressing, not only because homemade tastes far better than store-bought, but also because many of the ingredients are likely already in your pantry — a great option when you can’t jump up and run to the store. This versatile Italian vinaigrette is wonderful as both a marinade and for topping all manner of salads.

Homemade Italian Vinaigrette (Photo: Chelsi Fisher)
‍Homemade Italian Vinaigrette (Photo: Chelsi Fisher)

Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Chicken

As eye-catching as it is tasty, this salad is packed with healthy fats and protein from slices of avocado and chicken. Add the juicy sweetness of strawberries, the crunchy texture of slivered almonds, and the tanginess of feta cheese, and you’ve got a new favorite. Take it outside and sit in the warm May sunshine during lunch.

Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Chicken (Photo: Chelsi Fisher)
‍Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Chicken (Photo: Chelsi Fisher)
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