Summer is just around the corner and we all know what that means — it’s time for some refreshing, flavorful salads! If you sighed at the thought of another boring salad, we’ve got some good news for you. These healthy summer salad recipes from the 8fit app were designed to help 8fitters everywhere discover different types of grains, experiment with proteins, and play with sweet and savory flavor combinations.
Transform that starter salad or your go-to lunch into something you really look forward to eating by ditching the iceberg lettuce and adding bright, seasonal produce. Choosing dark leafy greens – like spinach, arugula and kale – and colorful veggies, will ensure that you get a variety of nutrients and a ton of flavor.
Try one, two or all eight of these healthy summer salad recipes from the 8fit app. Each one will leave you feeling satisfied and energized, without having to spend hours in the kitchen.
8 Summer salad recipes
There are a wide range of takes on the classic Greek salad from around the world. The version found in the 8fit app includes the key ingredients — feta, tomato and cucumber — but also breaks from tradition to ensure you get the best flavor with every bite. Combine fresh tomatoes with the sun-dried kind and add a hint of mint for added freshness.
Tuna salad with orange dressing
If you fancy a salad that will provide you with a little bit of everything, this tuna salad is perfect. It’s has corn, eggs, walnuts, spring onion, tuna (duh!) and a drizzle of light, citrusy dressing. Don’t stress about the dressing — it’s easy to make. Simply juice an orange and then combine it with basil and a touch of olive oil.
Prosciutto, persimmon and arugula salad
8fit’s Prosciutto, Persimmon and Arugula Salad is a tasty salad that you can prepare in less than 10 minutes. The savoriness of the prosciutto and creaminess of the goat cheese is balanced by the sweet, crunchy persimmon. To round off the dish, add a palm-full of walnuts for healthy fats.
Orange, walnut and cottage cheese salad
It may sound like an unusual combination but the elements of this summer salad work perfectly together — plus, they’re especially refreshing during the warmer months. The cottage cheese and walnuts fill you up, while the orange and mint flavors elevate the whole salad. Oh, and did we mention it takes just seven minutes to prepare? It’s true.
Mexican shrimp & avocado salad
Picture this: Pan-fried shrimp coated in a spiced honey and lime dressing. How good does that sound? Apart from tasting great, shrimp is an excellent source of selenium (antioxidants) and vitamin B12 (energy). Just add some avocado, cherry tomatoes, sweet corn and voilà! Your fast, fancy lunch is ready.
Black bean, corn and tomato salad
If you want your veggies to be more than a side dish, look no further. This salad is loaded with black beans, avocado, tomato and sweet corn — putting a Tex-Mex spin on lunch. Top it all with a spoonful of cumin and garlic flavored yogurt dressing.
Asparagus, strawberry and quinoa salad
This is another one of those unlikely flavor combinations that’ll pleasantly surprise you. 8fit’s Asparagus, Strawberry and Quinoa Salad is delicious and super easy to make with only a few main ingredients: strawberry, asparagus, quinoa and mozzarella. Pull the whole dish together with strawberries soaked in balsamic vinegar and basil. Trust us, this medley of flavors will knock your socks off.
Asian salad with peanut dressing
Rounding off the list is an Asian-inspired salad dressed in a peanut dressing. The salad is full of crunchy, fiber-filled vegetables like cabbage, spring onion and bell peppers, with cashews and beans giving you the protein you need to stay satisfied. The peanut dressing will tickle your tastebuds with the blend of peanut butter, soy sauce, vinegar, chilli, honey and lemon juice.
For more healthy summer salad recipe ideas, sign up for 8fit and scroll through the 8fit recipe book.