Dishes ‘n’ DIYs: 5 Summer Salads you Need to Try

With summer just around the corner, many fruits and vegetables are in season and it’s the perfect time for a light summer salad. These are perfect for an entire meal or just a side, and most of them are filled with protein from beans and nuts. Another upside to a fresh salad: it’s quick and easy to put together, and most are healthy, too!

1. Three Bean Salad

The three bean salad is a tried-and-true recipe that dates back through the generations. While there are many variations, most include green beans, chickpeas and kidney beans. Topped with a fresh oil-and-vinegar dressing, this salad is great for a summer potluck.

2. Apple, Cranberry and Almond Coleslaw Salad

While plain coleslaw is always a reliable classic, this twist will amp up your usual salad. The cranberries add a chewy texture to a salad might normally be plain. Plus, almonds add some extra protein to your meal.

3. Cheesecake Fruit Salad

While fruit salad might not normally be your go-to dessert, this recipe add the extra sweetness that fruit needs to make a great dessert. You can get a serving of fruit in while also satisfying your sweet tooth.

4. Cucumber Tomato Avocado Salad

You’ve probably seen this recipe circling social media because it’s so popular. These simple ingredients come together to make a healthy salad that will leave you feeling healthy, filled and refreshed after a long summer day.

5. Roasted Butternut Squash Couscous Salad

Squash may not be something you have laying around the kitchen, but a trip to the grocery store is well worth this delicious couscous salad. Add your own additions like cranberries or your favorite nut to make this a salad you won't stop eating.

Next time you’re feeling like having a picnic this summer or you need a fresh salad to get you through the day, check out one of these recipes. They are quick to make and easy to modify to make it your own. Best of all, these are easy to make in a personal portion, or big enough to share with all your friends.

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