There are three foods that just scream summer: hotdogs, corn on the cob, and summer salads. No backyard BBQ is complete without those three, and today, Erin from All-Inspired Wellness is sharing her best tips for building the most delicious healthy summer salads sure to impress any party guests!
How to Build a Healthy (and delicious!) Summer Salad
1) Start with a base: this can be any type of lettuce you prefer, but dark leafy greens are the most nutrient-dense and pair really well with summer fruits! I recommend arugula, spinach, or a blend of mixed greens.
2) Top with a fruit: I love summer berries in my salads- strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries all work great (and most are in-season so taste even better!). However, if you're not as much of a berry fan, sliced apples, pears, or oranges all work great and are equally refreshing!
3) Pick a protein: I love using shredded chicken or turkey in my salads but any protein works! If you're not a meat-eater you can always use fish, such as salmon, or hard-boiled eggs instead. Protein is important in salads if you're having them as your main meal because not only is it important for muscle-building and athletic performance, but it also keeps you fuller longer after eating!
4) Add a crunch: instead of using croutons, any sort of veggies can work well for adding texture, such as broccoli, cucumbers, bell peppers, etc. If the salad greens are enough veggies for you, topping with chopped nuts can taste great and provide you with some healthy fats!
5) Choose a healthy dressing: there are lots of great, low-sugar/low-additive dressings in the produce section of the grocery store these days that are much better alternatives to the packaged, self-stable dressings that have a lot of added preservatives. I recommend choosing a brand like Bolthouse Farms or Annie's that uses simple, few ingredients and still taste delish. You can always make a dressing yourself instead with a little olive or avocado oil and vinegar as well! Apple cider vinegar or balsamic work great for fruit-focused summer salads. I love adding avocado to my salads for creaminess as well!
Thank you, Erin, for sharing this amazing recipe with us!
Erin Dittmer is a Certified Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist living in the Quad Cities. After years in the fitness and nutrition industry, Erin started a wellness company in 2016 catered to helping people live happier, healthier, and more vibrant lives. She has felt so blessed that her business, All-Inspired Wellness, allows her to empower others to look and feel their absolute best on a daily basis. Her mission is to help people stop dieting and start living by showing them how simple (and delicious!) a healthy lifestyle can be. You can learn more about All-Inspired Wellness by visiting their website, or by following on Facebook and Instagram.