Summer salads are a staple in many homes. They can be a quick side dish, an easy picnic creation or a popular part of any gathering. With these new twists on some all-time favorites you are sure to find a new favorite.
During the warmer months, fresh vegetables are straight from the gardens at the local farmer’s markets. Maybe you go with a recipe in mind. Other times you find some fresh goodies and need to decide how to use them. The recipes below are great for either occasion.
Lightened-Up Creamy Broccoli Salad
You may have tried your hand at a broccoli salad but did you know it can be even better? Food Network Kitchen brings us the Lightened-up Creamy Broccoli Salad recipe.
The chef shares that buying the best quality bacon possible and using just a couple of strips will bring all the flavor you need to this recipe. A healthier twist on the other versions of broccoli salad that are packed with bacon.
The nutritional value keeps getting better with the reduced-fat sour cream base dressing. No high fat salad dressing for this scrumptious salad.
Carrot, Date and Feta Salad
You have likely tried a version of carrot salad that is coated in salad dressing. This Carrot, Date and Feta Salad is light and full of mouth-watering taste. The dates are a healthier and flavorful twist to the more commonly used raisins.
The dressing is a light combination of honey, olive oil, cilantro and lime juice. We always remind our readers to take your time and read through the comments below any recipe. It can be a real time saver to discover the helpful tips from other home cooks.
One person shares that this recipe holds-up well overnight in the refrigerator. This crunchy delight can even be added to a sandwich to step-up the taste and nutrition.
Spring Garden Potato Salad
This Spring Garden Potato Salad recipe is not the potato salad we grew up with. It is packed with flavor from a list of vegetables. One perk to this creation is how versatile it is. You may want to add more vegetables or replace one all-together.
Once again the comments do not disappoint. Read through those, decide what sounds great to you and begin creating. Plan ahead for this recipe. It has more than an hour prep and cook time. Take it to your next gathering and impress everyone with the new twist on an all time summer favorite.
Cubed Watermelon, Cucumber and Feta Salad
What a delicious combination. Sweet, crunchy, a bit salty and a beautiful presentation. Cubed Watermelon, Cucumber and Feta Salad may only have three main ingredients but they are all packed with flavor.
This recipe is labeled as intermediate level because of the creative design but it only takes 30 minutes of prep. Maybe you prefer to use a small round cutter and hold the three levels together with toothpicks.
Maybe you need to make it in less time. Just toss it all together in a bowl to create a salad. Get creative!
Healthy Chopped Slaw – Staple of Summer Salads
Not your average coleslaw, this recipe brings a new twist on the dressing. Healthy Chopped Slaw uses red and green cabbage to bring a little variety in flavor. You won’t find a lot of carrots in this creation.
A pineapple juice, whole-grain mustard and mayo based dressing brings the sweet and tangy flavors together. With a total prep time of 90 minutes it is good to know the leftovers hold up well for later.
Read those reviews! It seems the home cooks have found that the cabbage can bit a bit saltier than they would have liked. Make sure you consider that before adding more ingredients that could enhance that salty flavor.
For an added bonus check out Light Summer Grilling and Peaches
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