Summer is upon us – and it’s time to introduce some fresh and delicious summer salads in our diet. Summertime cuisine immediately brings images of pink lemonade and yellow sorbets, fresh fruit like mangoes and watermelon…and crisp, cool salads!
If you’re someone trying to incorporate more salads into your diet but can’t think of enough variations, don’t worry! We’ve curated the best ideas from IKEA gurus that’ll definitely give your salad skills a boost!
1. Salmon-Cucumber Salad with Toasted Bread Bits
For those who love seafood, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a bowl full of this salad.
In this simple yet delicious preparation, smoky salmon is balanced against fresh English cucumbers.
Simply slice the cucumbers crosswise and toss them in a red wine vinegar dressing. Add flaked smoked salmon on top and serve with lightly toasted bread bits or croutons.
This light appetizer is as nutritious as it is easy to make!
2. Caprese-Pesto-Chicken Salad
This is a different take on the classic Caprese salad, which only has tomatoes, basil and cheese.
For this variation, brown some boneless chicken cubes on a pan, toss in some pesto sauce and add it to a normal Caprese.
This is one of those salads that can easily turn into a meal if required but is also light enough to make you pleasantly full without feeling bloated.
3. Roasted Peach and Blistered Tomato Salad
Does anything scream summer louder than the smell of fresh, sweet peaches? This salad makes the most out of these delicious fruits by using the two ways.
First, take half the peaches, cut them in half, toss them in oil and salt. Then, roast them on a heavy-bottomed pan for about 15 minutes.
Add in freshly cut tomatoes to the same pan and roast them until they blister.
Lastly, toss some bread cubes in the same oil and salt until they turn golden brown. Finally, combine all of these roasted elements with raw peaches, tomatoes, arugula, and spinach.
For a fresh dressing, mix olive oil, vinegar, honey, basil, dill, tarragon and oregano and ta-da! The perfect summer salad, bursting with delicious flavours – and definitely, worth the time it takes to create it!
4. Raw Zucchini-Corn Salad
Based on the paper-thin zucchini ribbons that make up its base, this salad has raw sweet corn for texture and crumbled feta cheese for flavour.
A simple lemon basil vinaigrette dressing turns this into a yummy salad that is chock-full of nutrients and takes less than 20 minutes to whip up!
And there you go! With these fresh takes on the boring old salad, you’re ready to spice up your summer galas in no time!