Fit Family Challenge: Summer Salads

Fit Family Challenge: Healthy Salads

Summer is a great time to eat lighter and salads are our go-to dish but this is also the time of the year that our delicate lettuces shrivel in the heat. There are a lot of seasonal options that, with some creativity, make fantastic side salads or can even stand-alone.

Try these ideas:

  • Mix the kernels of leftover corn on the cob with a dressing of 2 parts plain yogurt to 1 part champagne vinegar and season with salt, pepper and fresh tarragon.
  • Use whole grains like quinoa, brown rice or wild rice, bulgur, or barley mixed with leftover vegetables as a cold side salad.
  • Add protein like grilled chicken, fish or hard-boiled egg to turn a salad into the main course (try the Contemporary Nicoise salad recipe below).
  • Use a seasonal fruit salad to complete your meal.

Here's a recipe for a salad that's definitely worth a try: Contemporary Nicoise Salad

On a platter, lay out the following chilled ingredients:

  • 2 large, ripe tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 small cucumber, peeled, seeded, and sliced
  • 1 small red onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh green beans, steamed
  • 6 small red potatoes, boiled
  • 1/3 cup small black olives
  • 3 hard-cooked eggs
  • 4 canned artichoke hearts, halved
  • 3-4 anchovy filets, cut into thin strips lengthwise, or 6 ounces of tuna

Dress with a balsamic vinaigrette and serve with crusty baguette.

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