5 Produce-Packed Salads Hearty Enough for Dinner
Beat the kitchen heat with these produce-packed salads. Not only do they require minimal cooking time (mostly just on the grill!), they also allow fresh summer flavors to take center stage, so you don’t need lots of extras. Plus, with low prices on dozens of fruits and vegetables, you can stock up on all of the building blocks for less.
Red and green don’t just go together around Christmastime. Combine these vibrant colors for a meal masterpiece in this no-recipe-required recipe: Top a bed of spinach leaves with sliced avocado (brushed with lemon juice to prevent browning). Then sprinkle on naturally sweet strawberries, salty walnuts and juicy cherry tomatoes. Finish with your favorite vinaigrette and fresh mint leaves.
This grilled salad allows you to celebrate more than brats and burgers at your barbeque. Char up the bread to crispy perfection, then grill the romaine, onions and tomatoes until tender to caramelize their natural sugars. For a showy presentation, arrange in composed rows and drizzle with a four-ingredient (two of which are salt and pepper!) homemade dressing.
Choose your own culinary adventure with this Mexican-Italian mash-up meal. Roast or grill the corn, then all that’s left to do is mix with fresh mozzarella, avocado, grape tomatoes, black beans and basil. Spoon it all over peppery arugula leaves or scoop up with tortilla chips. Or both.
Part pasta salad, part squash salad, this recipe is fully fresh and filling. Whole wheat couscous is about to become your go-to summer base once you see how to “cook” it without turning on the stove. Blend with sliced or spiralized zucchini, a handful of parsley, tomatoes, chickpeas and a nutty tahini vinaigrette. If you have a 16th minute, take those extra 60 seconds to shower the bowl with a bit of crumbled feta cheese.
Can’t decide between a vegetable or fruit salad? You’ll dig this summer dinner salad that doesn’t force you to choose. Typical burger toppings — including lettuce, tomato and onion — taste terrific next to mixed berries and creamy, slightly salty goat cheese. Dress it all up with our simple homemade raspberry vinaigrette or with 365 Everyday Value Balsamic Vinaigrette.