Summer salads are so easy to throw together when good produce is in season. Eating salads is a great way to give your body a good dose of antioxidants and other nutrients.
When you start eating healthier, you'll find you have more energy and you'll sleep better. Those two changes alone can be life-changing!
Do you ever stop to think about why you don't make salads more often? I think because it takes so much time.
A little preparation is all you need to have your family eating salads and begging for more! Wash and chop the vegetables up ahead of time.
You can also chop the fruits, but add a little lemon, lime or orange juice to them to keep them from turning brown and use them within a couple of days.
It's that time of the year when we can find so many different delicious and really fresh ingredients for salads. Shopping the farmer's markets is not only fun but you can bring home just-picked fruits and vegetables.
One tip that has helped me is to make salads in a jar. Simply layer the ingredients, beginning with the dressing. (Do look at the ingredients and calorie/fat content. Some of them are crazy high in both!)
Next, add the hardest veggies first, like carrots, celery, and chickpeas. The lettuce goes on top. I like to use a couple of cherry tomatoes as they hold up better.
I've eaten a salad made this way 5 days after it was made and it was still so fresh! Of course, add anything soft like croutons once you've poured the salad in a bowl. These travel well for work, too!
Any of the below salads would probably work in a jar, too. Let me know which is your favorite!
10 Summer Salads Your Family Will Love
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Looking for more salads? Here's a group of delicious healthy salads I think you'll enjoy, too!