3 Summer Salad Recipes with Seasonal Fruit

Couple-buying-fruitWho doesn’t love a good salad filled with nutritious veggies packed full of vitamins and minerals? Better yet, who doesn’t love to include a little sweetness with seasonal fruits that taste delicious and offer a wild burst of color? As tempting to eat as they are to look at, you won’t be able to resist plunging your fork into a plate full of Mother Nature’s best. Here are 3 refreshing summer salad recipes including fruit that will make your summer picnic or backyard barbecue meals even tastier.

Triple Berry Medley

This salad is meant for the berry lover in all of us.

Ingredients

1-1/2 cups sliced strawberries

1-1/2 cups blackberries or raspberries

1-1/2 cups blueberries

16 ounces salad greens

1 chopped green onion

1/2 cup crumbled Feta or Bleu Cheese

Dash black pepper

Directions

Prepare fruit by rinsing it. Next, hull and slice the strawberries. Rinse the salad greens. Chop the green onion into fine pieces. Toss the salad in a large bowl and serve fresh. Keep chilled in the refrigerator until serving time. Serves 5 to 6.

Interesting variations

It’ so easy to put a twist on this type of salad if you want to serve it frequently without turning it into a dull dish. Try slicing an avocado or apple and adding it into the mix. You can also toss slivered almonds or walnuts with the other ingredients. Yummy!

Fresh Summer Spinach and Fruit Salad

Try this light, refreshing summer salad recipe for a delightful side dish, lunch or starter. It’s filled with nutrients and doesn’t make you feel stuffed.

Ingredients

2 to 3 cups freshly washed spinach leaves

1 medium cucumber, sliced

1-1/2 cups tangerine or mandarin orange segments

1-1/2 cups sliced apricots

1 cup golden raisins

Directions

Wash the spinach thoroughly. Rinse and slice the cucumber. Rinse the apricots and cut them into bite-size pieces. Peel and divide fresh tangerine segments, otherwise, drain the canned variety. Toss all of your ingredients together. Serve with your favorite choice of salad dressing. Serves 5 to 6.

Interesting variations

If you want to mix it up a bit, swap in craisins for the raisins and apples for the apricots. You can also swap in 1 cup of romaine lettuce for a cup of spinach.

Summer Melon Salad

Offering a tasty array of greens tossed with an irresistible medley of fresh fruits, this salad is a must-have side for any summer picnic or backyard barbecue.

Ingredients

2 cups iceberg lettuce

1 cup romaine lettuce

1/2 cup spinach greens

1-1/2 cups watermelon

1-1/2 cups cantaloupe

1-1/2 cups honeydew

Directions

Prepare lettuce and spinach by rinsing thoroughly and breaking into smaller pieces. Cube watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew into bite-size pieces. Toss all ingredients together and serve with your favorite salad dressing. Serves 5 to 6.

Interesting variations

If you want to mix up your summer melon salad with some added crunch, add 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts or a cup of chickpeas on top.

 

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  1. I LOVE the idea of feta and pepper with the fruit in the first recipe. What an unexpected twist!