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Summertime Salads in Six Easy Steps

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Zucchini, tomatoes, eggplant, bell peppers, cucumbers--you name it, the shelves at your local grocery store are stocked with fresh vegetables.

'Tis the season for experimenting with produce when it is at it's prime.

I am a sucker for a nice hearty salad. It is my go-to meal because it's simple, fast and easy. Plus, you can always switch up the ingredients to cater to your taste buds' sweet or savory desires.

Build Your Own Salad: Six Easy Steps

1) Choose your lettuce: romaine, spinach, arugula or a mix.
2) Choose your protein: grilled chicken, steak, eggs, tofu or tuna.
3) Choose your veggies: cucumber, tomato, peppers, broccoli, mushrooms, corn, carrots, avocado, onion
4) Choose your cheese: feta, blue cheese, mozzarella, cheddar, goat cheese
5) Choose your extras: cranberries, nuts, sesame seeds, croutons, olives, fruit
6) Choose your dressing: balsamic, italian, oil & vinegar, french, ranch, lemon juice


People think that salads are the ultimate healthy meal, albeit that is mostly true, the toppings and dressings can add up. Also, for the gluten allergic crowd, beware of certain toppings and dressings.

Try out this easy and simple salad nutrition calculator here.

Keep in mind that you can also use canned and frozen veggies and fruits.

This is a salad I threw together with the fresh produce that I had on hand--grilled chicken, cucumbers, red onion and gorgonzola cheese on a bed of mixed spring greens. For the dressing I mixed a light poppy-seed and a balsamic vinegar.

This is one of my favorite dressings because it is sweet and tangy. The balsamic vinegar cuts into the sweetness of the poppy-seed dressing, making the perfect combination. I use a 1:1 ratio for the poppy-seed and balsamic, but you can cater it to your own taste. Mix the two dressings together in a separate container before drizzling on your masterpiece.

Paired with the salad, you might notice a plate of my special sweet potato fries. When eating a salad, I like have something extra--whether its more vegetables, a fruit salad, a greek yogurt parfait or french fries. But if you know me, I am a french fry lover. It's a good thing that sweet potatoes pack a huge nutritional punch--more on that in an upcoming post with a recipe for my sweet potato fries.

Hit up the grocery store tonight, go to a farmers market this weekend, or raid your cabinets for canned fruits and vegetables! It's time to make a delicious and nutritious summertime salad!

Yours in relentless experimentation,





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