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Six Sensational Summer Salads

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Summer is here and that means readily available, fresh ingredients from farmer’s markets and your own garden.

Make your favorite seasonal ingredients shine with some of our favorite summer salad recipes from around the Web.

Summer Fruit Salad from SheKnows
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What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup each: watermelon, pitted cherries, red or green seedless grapes, cantaloupe, apricots, blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries
  • 8 oz. vanilla flavored yogurt
  • ¼ cup of minced mint leaves
  • Juice and zest from 3 limes

Nothing says summer quite like fresh fruits! This cool fruit salad is the perfect addition to any summer barbecue and a more healthful way to satisfy your sweet tooth without adding loads of processed sugar or empty calories to your diet.

Arugula, Grape, and Sunflower Seed Salad from MyRecipes
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Image credit: MyRecipes

What you’ll need:

  • 7 cups baby arugula
  • 2 cups red grapes cut in half
  • 1 tsp. fresh thyme, chopped
  • 2 T toasted sunflower seeds
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Maple syrup
  • Honey
  • Grapeseed oil
  • Stone-ground mustard

This simple salad would go great with steak, pasta, chicken or fish, and it’s a snap to assemble. For an easy, complete meal, grill the meat of your choice and serve it on top of the salad and eat together. You can make the dressing ahead of time and pour over the salad just before you serve.

7-Layer Dip from Allrecipes
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Image credit: Allrecipes

What you’ll need:

  • Refried Beans
  • Sour cream
  • Cream Cheese
  • Salsa
  • Taco Seasoning Mix
  • Tomato, chopped
  • Bell pepper, chopped
  • Sliced black olives
  • Chopped green onions
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Cheddar cheese

Make this once and it will quickly become your go-to recipe for potlucks. From veggies and protein to dairy and visual appeal, this dish has everything you need and more! But the best part is you can spread any remaining dip on tortillas and enjoy a festive leftover lunch the next day.

Shrimp and Pasta Shell Salad from Allrecipes
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Image credit: Allrecipes

What you’ll need:

  • Small shell pasta
  • Small cooked shrimp, cut in pieces
  • Celery, chopped
  • Red pepper, chopped
  • Paprika
  • Fresh dill
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Mayonnaise
  • Ketchup
  • Dijon mustard
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Lemon juice
  • Cayenne pepper

You’ll be hard-pressed to eat only one helping of this sensational summer salad. Between the creamy dressing, crisp, fresh veggies, and cool shrimp, this is one of those dishes that will bring your guests back for more!

Warm Bacon Potato Salad from Food Network
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Image credit: Food Network

What you’ll need:

  • Red potatoes
  • Sugar
  • Coarse-grain mustard
  • White vinegar
  • Bacon slices, chopped
  • Garlic cloves, chopped
  • Red onion, diced
  • Fresh Dill

Some summer salads eat more like a meal than a side dish, and this cold potato salad loaded with bacon and red onions is ideal when you want a more substantial summer lunch.

Kale and Blueberry Slaw with Buttermilk Dressing
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Image credit: MyRecipes

What you’ll need:

  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Granny Smith apple, grated
  • Fresh Tarragon, chopped
  • Garlic clove, minced
  • Radishes, sliced thin
  • Carrots, grated
  • Onion, grated
  • Red cabbage, shredded
  • Kale, thinly sliced
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Buttermilk
  • Sour cream
  • Mayonnaise
  • Sugar
  • Hot sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste

No list of summer salads is complete without a slaw recipe. If you’re in the market for an updated twist on classic coleslaw for your next summer get together, give this dish a try.

What is your favorite summer salad? Join the discussion by leaving a comment below and don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest

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