Summer officially starts this week! And although temperatures here in Oklahoma have been summer-like for too long now, we’re going to help you prepare for healthy eating the rest of the season with our favorite summer salad recipes. These are great sides to bring to pool parties, serve alongside some proteins from the grill or to just enjoy on their own. Almost all of the ingredients can even be found at a local farmers’ market!
Cucumber Tomato Salad
This is Sprenkel’s go to summer side. It’s easy to throw together and pairs great with dinner or breakfast alongside eggs. It’s cool and refreshing! This is the base she uses, feel free to add more lemon, other veggies and herbs.
Salt and Pepper
Sprenk is an easiest-way-possible kind of cook so she uses baby cucumbers so that she only has to slice once for each piece. Then, she halves the cherry tomatoes. If you like avocado and want to include it in your salad, cube one avocado. Drizzle with olive oil and juice of one half to a full lemon. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and that’s it! Again, feel free to add cilantro, red wine vinegar, red onions etc to make this salad your own.
Green Goddess Quinoa Summer Salad by Pinch of Yum
Teresa's salad includes an added punch of plant-based protein with the ingredient quinoa. If you haven't cooked quinoa before, you should definitely give it a try - it's easier than rice! This salad also allows for a lot of versatility in the ingredients that you choose, allowing you to us veggies you have on hand, add in extra protein, some cheese for a taste bomb or nuts for extra crunch!
Find the recipe here: https://pinchofyum.com/green-goddess-quinoa-summer-salad
We'd love to hear what your favorite salads are for the summertime - let us know!