Eat Your Veggies: 8 Fresh Dishes for Summer

Whether you’re strolling through your local farmers market or taking a trip to your favorite grocery store, it’s hard to miss the beautiful, fresh produce that’s available this time of year.

The leafiest greens and brightest veggies are ripe for the picking (literally). And we think a fresh, hearty salad on a warm evening is just what you need to let the flavors of the season shine.

Thankfully, this doesn’t mean anything boring will be in your bowl! Spices from around the world and some gloriously grilled proteins make each of these a delish dish:

Steak and Spinach Salad with Bacon Bits and Blue Cheese

What’s not to love about homemade bacon bits? And if you have fresh watercress or cress handy, don’t forget to mix it in with the spinach for an extra zip in your salad.

Spanish-Style Grilled Chicken and Dark Greens Salad

Baby kale and spinach, plus marcona almonds and garbanzo beans pack a nutrient punch in this salad!

Spinach Salad with Strawberries and Basil

If you haven’t tried the combination of basil and strawberries before, you’re in for a real treat! Plus, they’re both in-season right now. Feel free to top with grilled chicken.

Italian Chef Salad

Refreshing honeydew wrapped in prosciutto di parma, potatoes with a honey Dijon dressing, tomato, ricotta and fresh, and crisp lettuces make a colorful and tasty salad. Plus, no mixing! You’ll love putting this one down on the table – it looks beautiful!

Chipotle Chicken Tortilla Salad

The spices in this salad make it tops! Lightly crisped chicken with cumin, paprika, and coriander combines with a dressing featuring chipotles in adobo. It’s too good to miss.

Warm Greek Salad with Sliced Steak

You’ll love the contrast of cold salad with warm steak in this Green-inspired salad. Swap in fish, chicken breast, or even portobello mushrooms as alternatives, too.

Cheeseburger Salad

The dressing for this salad is the real surprise. Mustard, ketchup, and relish flavors are all blended for a totally authentic burger in a bowl.

Sugar Snap Pea Salad

Who says you need lettuce to make a salad? Hit the farmers market and grab fresh peas, radishes, and a few peppermint leaves for this refreshing summer blend of summer produce.

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