Jul 03, 2018

6 Best Summer Salads to Keep You Cool!

 

Summer's here to stay and while it's always nice to cool off with a nice cold, drink, it's also important to keep track of your health and perhaps even watch those calories! Salads are the perfect solution, answering the requirement of health, flavour, and also dropping your body temperature! A valuable source of hydration, there are salads that will suit you whether you're a vegan, vegetarian or non-vegetarian.

 

Here are the six best summer salads to beat the heat:

 

Vegetarian:

1) Grape Salad with Toasted Pecans

Seedless grapes, cream cheese, sour cream, salt and brown sugar, topped off with pecans. Doesn't sound like an appealing combination to most! However, the range of contrasting flavours and textures means that one bowl of this healthy fruit salad won't be enough for your tastebuds! The softness of the grapes and the crunch of the pecans go perfectly together.

 

It takes a total of just 25 minutes to prepare.       

 

 

2) Garbanzo Bean Salad with Dill Dressing(Vegan):

 

 

This gluten-free vegan delight is very advantageous in that it can stay in the fridge for days while retaining its flavours! Its incredible texture includes carrots, cucumber, creamy chickpeas, wheat berries and more. To add to this, the dressing adds a whole new element that outdoes the taste of the core ingredients! On the downside, it’s a bit more involved and takes a little longer to prepare.

 

It takes a total of 1 hour 20 minutes to prepare.

 

 

3) Creamy Cucumber With Sour Cream And Dill Dressing:

 

 

There's no better vegetable more refreshing than a cucumber, and very few dressings better than dill, which is why we immediately needed to talk to you about this refreshing salad! An effortlessly easy preparation, this delightful salad involved a simple mix of marinated cucumber slices with sour cream, dressing along with vinegar and dill.

 

It takes a total preparation time of 10 minutes.

 

 

Non-vegetarian:

 

1) Honey Mustard Chicken, Bacon, and Avocado Salad:

 

 

A salad that becomes a meal in itself, this amazing bowl sees a combination of crispy bacon, fresh tomatoes, onions, avocado slices, a hint of garlic, and of course, chicken prepared with an incredible honey mustard marinade and cooked to golden perfection! Nothing short of mouth-watering.

 

The total preparation time is 25 minutes.

 

 

2) Asian Sesame Chicken Salad:

This Asian salad has chicken breast strips mixed with sesame seeds, almond slivers and some fresh greens, with dressing on top or on the side, making it a perfect mix of nutritious and delicious!

 

The total preparation time is 30 minutes.

 

 

3) Shrimp Salad:

 

 

We wouldn't want to leave you seafood lovers out! This simple salad mixes baked shrimp with mayonnaise, lemon juice and zest, and Dijon mustard. Seasoned with salt and pepper, the salad is brought to perfection with the final touches of red onion, celery and dill. Best served on bread.

 

The total preparation time is 20 minutes.

 

Honourable mentions:

Lebanese Lemon Parsley Bean Salad(Vegetarian)

Pinto Bean Salsa Salad(Vegetarian)

Italian Antipasto Salad(Non-veg)

Insalata Di Pollo(Non-veg)

 

Salads are DIY, they're simple and, while many may not believe it, they can definitely be nutritious and delicious at the same time! Whether you want to make a meal out of it or just munch on a snack, salads filled with juicy greens and cooling creams are certainly the most healthy way to cool off this summer. Have a cool season

 

 

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