If you’ve been invited to a picnic, cookout or family reunion this summer, you’ll probably bring a side dish. What better choice than a salad? A tasty, interesting side salad adds delight to a meal – and the right recipe can be a much more adventurous food experience than a grilled hot dog.
Here are three picnic-friendly side salads that will liven up your next outdoor gathering. Added bonus: How to create your own summer salad sensation.
Crunchy broccoli walnut salad
Sure, salads are good for you, but it’s easy to get tired of having the same garden salad every day. Try this colorful, cruciferous recipe to mix things up. The nutritional benefits include omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants, which support good eye health. The orange juice dressing lends sweetness to the salad, while the broccoli and sunflower seeds create texture.
Roasted beet salad with bacon, figs and walnuts
Trying to figure out what to do with those beets you got at the farmers market? Do we have a salad for you! Roasting beets with olive oil, salt and pepper turns these nutritional powerhouses into sweet, moist morsels unlike anything that comes out of a can. Add spicy arugula, sweet figs and salty bacon for a dish you’ll want to make (and your friends will ask for) again and again.
Couscous salad with tomatoes, lemon and sage
This Mediterranean-flavored salad features couscous and lots of veggies, and is dressed simply with olive oil and lemon juice. It’s a fresh-tasting, nutritious offering that’s easy to make and is heart-healthy, too. Enjoy it as a main dish or serve it on the side.
8 ways to make a super-healthy salad
Do you long to be the type of cook who effortlessly freestyles in the kitchen … a sort of McGyver of meals? If that’s you, here is a chart to guide you toward complete salad spontaneity. Start with the right kind of greens. Choose veggies or fruit to add color and flavor. Lastly, add protein to satisfy your appetite. Voila! You have a salad that is simple, delicious and nutritious. So what are you waiting for?