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It’s the hottest day of the summer so far – 112 degrees in the sun! You step outside and feel like you’re about to be engulfed in a swamp of heat. Your shirt sticks to your back within seconds of walking out the door. There’s no way you’re standing in front of a hot stove on a day like this. Here are Healthy Healing Eats recommendations for the tastiest and most refreshing summer salads that don’t require cooking. Refreshing flavors and exciting combinations are easy to prepare and require no cooking – which is perfect for these hot days.
Broccoli Apple Salad: This salad is full of crunchy, summer deliciousness. It’s full of protein and fiber because of a combination of broccoli, walnuts, celery, apples, and golden raisins, and it gets a nice tangy kick from a lemon yogurt dressing. Prep time for this salad is minimal – all you need to do is chop and mix the ingredients–and it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days.
Mediterranean Salad: This is the perfect salad to enjoy while overlooking the Mediterranean Sea! Flavorful and fresh, the colorful mix of cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers, feta cheese, kalamata olives, and corn makes this salad one you’ll want to keep in heavy rotation throughout the summer. The dish can be prepared in about ten minutes and has a healthy mix of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. It can be kept in the refrigerator for two or three days.
Mediterranean Chickpea Salad: Chickpeas are an incredibly versatile and nutritious legume, and this salad highlights chickpeas in all its glory. Adding red onion, cucumber, tomatoes, and greens to the bowl creates a colorful and nutritious salad bursting with flavor. This salad takes about 15 minutes to prepare and can be kept in the refrigerator for up to three days.
Chickpea and Roasted Red Pepper Salad: This lovely salad contains crunchy vegetables, nuts, and flavor! Roasted red peppers, chickpeas, celery, cucumber, and pickled red onion combine to make this dish a truly delicious and unique summer flavor experience. The salad can be prepared in 10 minutes or less and stored in the refrigerator for up to three days.
Smoked Salmon Salad: This salad contains nutritious fatty acids and proteins, thanks to smoked salmon. It gets its flavor from pistachios, avocados, blueberries, and seasonings. It takes only a few minutes to prepare this dish, which can last up to five days in the refrigerator.
Greek Salad: A summer favorite. This salad does not require cooking and is incredibly refreshing. It includes cucumber, red onion, bell peppers, tomatoes, olives, feta cheese and is often served with a Greek dressing made of olive oil, garlic, oregano, and lemon. This nutrient-dense salad provides antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats. It can be kept in the refrigerator for up to three days.
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