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5 Mouth Watering Salad Recipes For Summer

Updated on February 21, 2016
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peachpurple loves to try out different salad recipes at home. Simple and easy salads for everyone

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Why You Should Eat Salad Everyday

  • SALAD is important and beneficial to our health. Everyone should include a simple salad in our everyday's meal. By consuming salad everyday, our stomach digestion improves and the bowel system will perform its function well everyday without fail. Salad is a perfect low cholesterol diet plan for weight watchers.
  • There are a wide variety of salad available in the website. You can combine any kind of vegetables and fruits which are rich in many nutrients such as beta-carotene, Vitamin A, C and folic acid mix with any salad dressings.
  • SALAD is best eaten before or after meal as appetizer. One of the benefits of consuming salad is to help you to lose weight because it doesn't contain cholesterol and reduces the number of calories in your body.
  • In addition, it also helps increases the fiber intake by lowering the cholesterol level and less constipation problems. Chronic constipation is usually due to lack of fiber and soluble diet.
  • With the huge range of fresh ingredients now so widely available in the market, there are many creative ways to make colorful, tasty and light salads to serve as accompaniments to main meals. Fresh chopped carrots, roasted nuts and mixed dried fruits are wonderful combination to attract kids appetite.
  • Most salad ingredients are low in calories as third quarter of them are fruits and vegetables. Dark green and red colored lettuce are best eaten raw if carefully wash them. These vegetables provide our body high level of anti-oxidants and reduces the chances of contracting various disease especially cancer, cardiovascular diseases and skin problems.


Wide Varieties of Vegetable Photos

salad lettuce
salad lettuce | Source
iceberg lettuce
iceberg lettuce | Source
carrot
carrot | Source
tomatoes
tomatoes | Source
cucumber
cucumber | Source

Tips For Making Delicious Salads

In order to make salad, remember to wash all vegetables and fruits thoroughly before cutting them.

  1. You can mix lettuce, carrots, beets, turnips, sweet potatoes, broccoli, red cabbage, avocado, fruits and any type salad dressing ( thousand salad, tatar sauce, coleslaw dressing ) to bring out rainbow colors.
  2. You can make your salad more exciting by adding nuts, berries or seeds to get the crunchiness.
  3. Choose light salad dressing instead of the normal ones because salad dressings add excess fat and calories into our body. Do not be mistaken that oils are lower in calories than fats like butter or margarine just because they are in liquid form. You could try dressing with a higher proportion of vinegar and lemon juice instead.
  4. SALAD is easy to prepare and doesn't take much time to prepare. Some salad recipes will give you the opportunity to use chicken, pasta and potatoes which include Carbohydrate. In this article, you will find various of suggestions for light salads and you will never be bored with salads again.

Additional Side Ingredient To Choose From

Roasted Almond slices
Roasted Almond slices | Source
Mixed fruits; raisins and red cherries
Mixed fruits; raisins and red cherries | Source
blueberries
blueberries

Simple Fruit Salad Photos

Pear, cucumber, tomatoes, carrot, iceberg lettuce
Pear, cucumber, tomatoes, carrot, iceberg lettuce | Source
A generous salad dressing
A generous salad dressing | Source
Easy and quick
Easy and quick | Source

Recipe 1: Simple Fruit Salad-Pear and Lettuce

Ingredients

  • a small pear, peel & core
  • 3inch cucumber, peel
  • 1/2 tomato
  • 3inch carrot , peel
  • a few leaves of iceberg lettuce
  • salad dressing ( thousand salad/ tatar sauce / coleslaw )

Method

  • Wash all vegetables and pear before peeling.
  • Core the pear. Cut into cubes.
  • Cut carrot in slices, then cut into strips.
  • Cut cucumber into cubes.
  • Cut tomato into cubes.
  • Put them all into a bowl. pour in a generous heap of salad dressing.
  • Mix them well. Chill before serve.




Recipe 2. Simple Avocado Salad Recipe

AVOCADO SALAD
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Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: 4 person

Ingredients

  • 1/2 peach
  • 1/2 pear
  • 1 avocado
  • Some Thousand Island dressing
  • 1/4 red capcium

Instructions

  1. Peel avocado and pear. Remove the avocado seed and wash well. Remove the pear core and seeds.
  2. Cut them into chunks. Preferable bite size chunks. You could cut the avocado into smaller chunks as this fruit is harder to chew.
  3. Remove seeds from capcium. Wash well both inside and the outer surface.
  4. Rinse and wipe dry.
  5. Cut into long strips. Make sure the width are not too big. Smaller and thinner strips would make them taste crunchy.
  6. Arrange fruits and vegetable on a flat plate.
  7. Pour salad dressing on top. Serve immediately.
Chickpea salad, like the crunchy taste
Chickpea salad, like the crunchy taste | Source

Recipe 3. Simple Tuna and Chickpea Salad

Ingredients

  • 720g canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 stalk spring onions, chopped
  • 7.5cm piece of cucumber, chopped
  • 1 small red pepper, seeds removed, chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 150ml low fat natural yogurt
  • 420g canned tuna fish in brine, drained
  • lemon wedges
  • parsley springs to garnish

Step-by-Step Method:


  1. Place the chickpeas in a large bowl.
  2. Add the spring onions, cucumber, red pepper and parsley.
  3. Mix in the lemon juice and yogurt.
  4. Flake the tuna into large chunks and into the bowl.
  5. Stir gently, to make sure that the tuna remains in chunks.
  6. Divide the salad between four serving plates and garnish with lemon wedges and parsley springs.




Recommended Salad Bowl, Salad Dressing and Toppings:

Recipe 4. Easy Pasta Bow Salad

Ingredients

  • 180g pasta bows
  • 1 small red pepper, seeds removed, chopped
  • 120g button mushrooms, sliced thinly
  • 120g cooked ham, diced
  • 60g shredded cheese
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 4 tbsp low fat natural yogurt
  • 2 tbsp low calorie mayonnaise
  • salt and pepper

Method:

  1. Cook pasta in a pot of boiling water with a little salt ( as per packet instructions )
  2. Rinse well with cold water and drain.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the pasta, red pepper, mushrooms, ham and cheese.
  4. Add parsley and pepper.
  5. Mix together the yogurt and mayonnaise.
  6. Add to the salad and toss gently to mix thoroughly.

My favorite chicken salad
My favorite chicken salad | Source

Recipe 5. Easy Chicken Salad Recipe

Ingredients

  • 150ml low fat natural yogurt
  • 1 tbsp mild curry powder
  • 45g dried apricot, chopped
  • 1 small banana, sliced
  • 15g sultanas / raisins
  • 180g cooked chicken, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • salad leaves to serve

Method

  1. Put the yogurt in a big bowl and add curry powder, stirring well.
  2. Add the apricots, banana, sultanas and chicken.
  3. Mix them well.
  4. Season with pepper and salt.
  5. Arrange the salad leaves on a plate and pour the chicken mixture on top.

My Favorite Chicken Salad

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    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      We love salads and you have some good recipes in this hub. I never thought about combining pears with avocados, but I'll bet that it is good. Thanks! Voted up and useful for all of the different combinations you included in this hub.

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      peachy 5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Glad that you find them useful. I love salad too. Very good for digestion and healthy too. I like your hubs too.

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      myownlife 4 years ago from london

      This is very useful hub, Thanks for sharing.

      Great job.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @myownlife

      Thanks for reading my article. Hope that everyone eats salad everyday.

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      yumn 4 years ago

      Wow, these are great! I do love avocado salad...just nice slices of avocado and a sprinkle of salt will do it for me. I tried the Waldorf salad the other night for dinner and my guests loved it. Fruit salads always make a meal fun.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @yumn

      yes, fruit salads are always loved by everyone. Healthy and appetizing.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for sharing some great salad ideas. Summer is coming fast and salads make perfect meals during hot days!

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      These all look delicious! I love salad. It's one of my favorite things.

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