Spring into Summer Salads

From our Friends at StyleBluePrint.

Below, you’ll find three light, easy and delicious salad recipes that hit the mark every time. Plus, each salad includes a dressing recipe that perfectly complements it. And these creative springtime salads easily transition to summer, so you can enjoy these healthy, easy and tasty dishes all summer long!

3 Light, Delicious & Easy Salads to Enjoy All Spring & Summer

Cobb Salad with Creamy Balsamic Dressing

Author: Meredith Tolleson of The Southern Source
Recipe type: salad
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Serves: 2-3 servings
Ingredients
Creamy Balsamic Dressing
  • 6 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
Cobb Salad
  • 1 bag mixed greens
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs
  • 5-6 strips cooked bacon
  • 2 avocados
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Shredded sharp cheddar cheese (optional)
Instructions
To prepare the dressing:
  1. Add all ingredients except olive oil to a blender or food processor, and blend until garlic is minced and ingredients are well blended. Slowly add olive oil and mix until smooth.
To prepare the salad:
  1. Combine salad ingredients. Add the desired amount of creamy balsamic dressing to the salad. Toss and enjoy!

 

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Southwestern Salad with Chipotle Ranch
Author: Meredith Tolleson of The Southern Source
Recipe type: salad
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Serves: 3-4 servings
Ingredients
Chipotle Ranch Dressing
  • 1 cup of ranch dressing
  • 3 teaspoon chili adobo sauce
Southwestern Salad
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 jumbo romaine hearts, chopped
  • 1 can of white shoepeg corn, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 avocados, diced
  • Grape tomatoes, halved
  • Mexican blend cheese (optional)
Instructions
To prepare the dressing:
  1. Add ingredients to a bowl and stir to combine. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
To prepare the salad:
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat. Add corn and allow to char on one side. Season with salt, pepper and ¼ tsp paprika. This adds a nice smoky flavor to the corn. Remove from heat and store on a plate to allow corn to cool.
  2. Combine all salad ingredients. Toss with desired amount of chipotle ranch and enjoy!

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Watermelon and Feta Salad
Author: Meredith Tolleson of The Southern Source
Recipe type: salad
Prep time: 
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Serves: 3-4 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2-3 cups diced watermelon (1 ½ lbs)
  • ¼ medium red onion, sliced
  • 4 oz. feta cheese
  • Mint garnish
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar and oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine watermelon, feta, mint and onion; toss with dressing to taste.

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