If you’re looking for a light meal, recipe ideas for your next backyard barbecue, or a side dish that’s pretty enough for any party, a salad is the way to go. Cool, crispy, and so refreshing, salads let seasonal produce really shine. Sink your teeth into these 6 delicious recipes that only take a few minutes to make (thanks to this handy prep tool). Check them out!
1. Chicken Avocado Caprese Salad
The classic tomato and mozzarella salad gets a California makeover with a baby arugula base, chicken, and avocados. A light, homemade vinaigrette dressing pulls it all together. Plus, you can get this impressive, filling salad on the table in just 5 minutes.
2. Fresh Tomato, Cucumber & Feta Salad
This lively, Mediterranean-inspired salad will be your go-to non-recipe. Seriously, what’s easier than cutting a few veggies, adding cheese, and tossing it all with dressing? When you have a tool that makes cutting veggies a snap, this recipe gets even easier. This salad is fresh, tangy, and will add a pop of color to any meal.
3. Harvest Cobb Salad
You don’t have to wait for fall to enjoy this fresh, fast salad. Flavorful bacon, hard-boiled eggs, and tangy blue cheese perfectly complement crisp Granny Smith apples, sweet dried cranberries, and creamy homemade poppy seed dressing. It’s the perfect combination of sweet and savory flavors.
4. Summer Fruit & Spinach Salad
Strawberries, red grapes, kiwi, and a bright raspberry vinaigrette add a sweet, fragrant contrast to a bed of earthy spinach…and toasted pecan halves give this salad just the crunch it needs. It’s pretty enough to serve at a bridal or baby shower, but satisfying and nutritious enough to serve at family dinner.
5. Grilled Vegetable Panzanella Salad
It’s a shame to waste good (though slightly stale) bread…but with a recipe like this, you’ll never have to again. We’ve doctored this classic, rustic, Tuscan bread salad a bit by adding bell peppers, artichoke hearts, and Parmesan cheese that provide surprising pops of contrasting flavor. Make it a meal by adding chicken!
6. Italian Pesto Pasta Salad
There’s nothing like a light pasta salad on a hot day. This family favorite uses pre-made pesto, but since basil is at its peak during the warmer months, you could easily whip up some of your own. It’ll be the best side dish at any barbecue!