Summer is here, which means your cravings generally switch from warm, comforting plates of stick-to-your-ribs food to dishes that are crisp, refreshing, and don’t make you feel like a slug for hours after you eat them.
The natural solution? A salad a day. The natural reaction of most people to the suggestion of a salad a day is one that goes over about as well as a toaster in a bathtub (do not try that at home).
But trust me on this one: Salads can taste amazing, they don’t require much work, include fresh and accessible ingredients, and are generally inexpensive.
Need more proof? Check out the suggestions below. (And don't worry — some still have bacon.)
via: How Sweet EatsTons of vegetables covered in crushed peanuts and cashews and drizzled with Thai dressing. Yes, please.
via: Peas and CrayonsFive ingredients — including store bought tortellini — create this dish that can be easily doubled to feed a crowd (or you, multiple times).
via: Kim's CravingsGrab a rotisserie chicken from the store and throw it together with a bunch of cancer-fighting veggies and a simple avocado yogurt dressing — with hot sauce to spice things up.
via: A Latte FoodThis easy salad is packed with the strawberries, avocado, turkey bacon, feta cheese, pecans, almonds, and cucumbers over a bed of spinach.
via: Aberdeen's KitchenA quick, easy, colorful salad topped with fresh cilantro, queso fresco, crisp tortilla strips, and drizzled with creamy chipotle sauce.
via: Pinch of YumGet out the grill and stock up on summer produce, because Detox Salad days are upon us! With tons of fresh tomatoes, grilled romaine, shrimp, avocado and cilantro and lime, you're good to go.
via: The First MessThe perfect dish to transition to summer — the comfort of bread with the crunch and color of fresh summer flavors. And honestly, any time you add bread, it's automatically a win.
via: The Roasted RootIt says "spring," but don't let that fool you. This vibrant salad with kale, carrots, bell pepper, radishes, cucumber, avocado, walnuts, beets, and lemon-parsley vinaigrette packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, healthy fat, and protein can be eaten any season.
via: How Sweet EatsFire up the grill, throw on some chicken and bread and combine them with a myriad of veggies for a salad that makes a great meal — any meal.
via: Pancake WarriorsThis version is packed is with fresh veggies and roasted potatoes and beets for a filling but healthy meal perfect for lunch or dinner — or breakfast. We won’t judge.
via: The Suburban SoapboxDo you have five minutes? One bowl? Then this salad with lump crab, mango, avocado, red pepper, olive oil, and onion can be on your table for lunch.
via: How Sweet EatsLettuce, veggies, bacon, cheese — what more could you want? Maybe a second or third helping...
via: The Cookie WriterDo you have fifteen minutes? That's all it takes to bring together the tastes of greens strawberries, goat cheese, and an easy white wine vinegar dressing.
via: Gimme Some OvenIt doesn’t get much easier than pasta, pesto, roasted red peppers, mozzarella, and greens. It also doesn't get more delicious.
via: How Sweet EatsThis looks complicated, but it’s really just beans, greens, cornbread, salsa, avocado, tomatoes, and dressing. Did I mention cornbread croutons? So there you go! Now if only they could deliver...