Simple Summer Salads for the Whole Family


| 7/11/2018 12:03:00 PM


It's hot outside, and that means no one wants to turn on the oven or cook a hot meal, especially if you've been spending some time outside. Salads make a great dinner option — they're cool, and you can dress them up with just about anything. Plus, during the summer, there are tons of in-season fruits and vegetables, so you can get your hands on the freshest ingredients.

Invest in a Co-Op

If you're going to be enjoying a lot of salads this summer, try investing in a local farmer's co-op. You pay a flat price at the beginning of the season, and periodically through the end of harvest, you'll receive a box of fresh fruits and vegetables that are all grown locally. If you're eating a lot of produce, it will end up being more cost-effective overall than buying from the grocery store every week.

Get the Kids Involved

Making salads doesn't have to be something that excludes your kids from the kitchen — get them involved. Older children can start practicing their knife skills on fruits or vegetables — under supervision, of course.

Younger children can still get involved, too. For example, put them to work washing vegetables or shredding greens. Lettuce and other greens tend to brown if you cut them with a knife, and little hands are the perfect size to tear all those greens into bite-sized pieces.

Simple Salad Recipes

If you're not sure where to start, here are five simple salad ideas to help you plan your menu for the warm summer months.



asparagus, snap pea, and radish salad