Did you celebrate big on the 4th of July?
Did you indulge in Aunt Martha’s famous potato salad and Uncle Fred’s gooey ribs? Not to mention, your mom’s double chocolate cake with a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream?
We’re spending the 4th of July weekend in gorgeous Chelan, Washington, but that’s not to say that we haven’t eaten our share of amazing food too, and then some!
If you’re anything like me, you’ve decided to lighten up the calories for the next few days, so I thought this list of readers favorite healthy salad recipes might help us both.
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Anyway, that’s enough about Google, let’s move on to today’s top 10 recipes.
1. Stacey’s Raw Kale and Spinach Salad comes from Family Circle’s article about Stacey Murphy, founder of BK Farmyards in New York. Kale, spinach and apples are dressed in a creamy peanut butter dressing. Talk about a nutritious salad!
2. Blackened Salmon Salad from B-Master Chef was more of an ingredients list than a salad recipe, but I turned it into this spicy salmon dish you see above. Perfect for grilling season.
3. Harvest Grain Pasta Salad uses a terrific pasta blend from Trader Joe’s with a tasty combination of Israeli style couscous, orzo, baby garbanzo beans, red quinoa, a light balsamic vinaigrette and salty Parmesan cheese.
4. Pearl Barley Salad with Cherry Tomatoes and Basil is a combination of the summer’s freshest basil, tomatoes and cucumbers from your local farmers market or garden, if you’re lucky enough to have one. The recipe comes from oldwaystable.org – an interesting website to visit. Their mission it to “guide people to good health through heritage.” I like that idea, don’t you?
5. Grandma’s Asian Coleslaw Dressing is my mom’s creation. It’s perfect for your next barbecue since it doesn’t contain mayonnaise. Instead, Grandma uses a spicy blend of ginger and sesame to kick up shredded cabbage and carrots.
6. Mexican Quinoa Salad with Tender Shrimp and Creamy Avocado comes from a co-worker who sampled this healthy quinoa salad at a staff meeting. Her addition of tender shrimp and avocado turned this side salad into a meal.
7. Crisp Green Bean Salad with Cranberries and Walnuts reminds me of a holiday dish, but don’t be fooled. These green beans are lightly steamed so they still have a nice crunch that goes well with a Dijon vinaigrette, walnuts and cranberries.
8. Spinach and Mandarin Orange Salad with Goat Cheese is another twist on a popular spinach salad usually comprised of baby spinach, fruit, creamy cheeses like goat, blue or gorgonzola, and a fruity viniagrette. I don’t know anyone who turns this tasty combination away.
9. Mock Potato Salad is really cauliflower. Were you fooled? Probably not, but you won’t be disappointed when you taste this skinnier version of a potato salad.
10. Sweet and Crunchy Veggie Salad with Cauliflower and Broccoli uses a sweet honey and mayonnaise based dressing to get you to eat these cruciferous veggies. I added salty pepitas and dried cranberries just because I love them.
So there you are! I promise those 4th of July celebration pounds will melt off with the help of these healthy salad recipes.
Have a wonderful holiday weekend!
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