One of the best things of summer is the food. So many of my favorite veggies are in season, so they are less expensive and tastier. This makes summer a great time to eat and make salads. Plus you don't have to turn on the stove.
To reap the most nutritional benefits from your salad you should add some color. Why limit yourself to just greens. Antioxidants often give color to food, so if you add a colorful array of veggies and fruits you will be covering your bases.
Here's a list of colorful vegetables to mix and match on top of your favorite greens:
- fresh corn
- chopped fresh herbs, like basil and dill
- red, orange, and/or yellow peppers
- tomatoes of any color (orange cherry tomatoes taste like candy!!!)
- shredded carrots
- red leaf lettuce
- steamed green beans
- berries (check out this recipe for Spinach and Strawberry Salad)
- red cabbage chopped
- green onions
Now, I would never put all those things in one salad, since I have a salad quirk where I usually limit my salad toppings to just 3 items. But in the summer, with so many veggies at the height of their season, I work through my quirk and sometimes can barely see the lettuce for all the wonderful ingredients I have added in.
I'd love to hear about your favorite summer salad combination. So tell me about it in the comments section below.