Summer Side Salad
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Summer Side Salad

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Summer Side Salad: An incredibly easy side salad to serve any day of the week, and versatile enough to switch it up, for ingredients that you may need to substitute, making different kinds of salad recipes!

Oh mylanta. It all started when I made a trip to Costco, and overfilled the fridge. Dinner time rolled around, and I opened the door and there was an avalanche of food that started to fall out. It was time. It was WAY overdue to clean the fridge out. Those trips to Costco (with the oversized and bulk purchases) tend to use every bit of space that we have.

Summer Side Salad Recipe

I decided to call it the Summer Side Salad, because the bright ingredients remind me of summer, and I’ll be making this salad recipe to take to all of the Summer outings that we attend. It’s super easy to make, and it looks like I worked REALLY hard to make it look good. (But shhh… it literally took me five minutes to toss together.)

Summer Side Salad

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Summer Side Salad

We had spinach, and leaf lettuce (it can be bitter at times, so romaine is always a safe bet) The secret to a really good salad, is to chop it up super super fine. (My mother-in-law taught me that very important tidbit. See exactly what I do, HERE! Thanks Jan!)

Summer Side Salad

Our entire house is full of goat cheese fans, so any time I make a salad, I try to include goat cheese as one of the ingredients.

Summer Side Salad

Strawberries on a salad, not only taste stinking delish… but that pop of color make it hard to deny.

Summer Side Salad

Toss on the nuts and the dried fruit. (I used a dried cranberry & blueberry blend.)

Summer Side Salad

Oh, and avocados… if I could buy stock in avocados, I would. Wait… can I?

Summer Side Salad

Summer Side Salad

Summer Side Salad Recipe

Jessica Burgess
Summer Side Salad: An incredibly easy side salad to serve any day of the week, and versatile enough to switch it up, for ingredients that you may need to substitute! 
4.5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 195 kcal


  • 2 cups spinach chopped finely
  • 2 cups romaine chopped finely
  • 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup dried fruit I used a blueberry/cranberry blend
  • 1/4 cup candied nuts I used pecans
  • 1/4 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1 avocado sliced


  • In a large salad bowl, layer chopped lettuce and top with remaining ingredients.
  • Using a dressing of your choice, toss the salad or individually dress each salad. We love using poppyseed dressing for this salad


See "The Secret Side Salad" recipe for a great lettuce tip!


Serving: 1servingCalories: 195kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 5gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 110mgPotassium: 399mgFiber: 4gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 3675IUVitamin C: 15.5mgCalcium: 53mgIron: 1.3mg
Keyword easy dinner recipes for family, salad with avocado, salad with fruit, summer salad recipe
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I just adore when random ingredients flow together lovely. I couldn’t resist sharing the recipe with you all, and I hope you find a chance to make it this Spring or Summer!

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Summer Side Salad Recipe. I'll be taking this to EVERY outing, this year.

3 thoughts on “Summer Side Salad

  1. Tanya says:

    A really really summer salad! Bright, light, colorful and full of vitamins! I can’t stand trying to cook it.

  2. Alex says:

    what type of nuts did you use on this?

    1. Jessica says:

      I’m so sorry Alex! It looks like there was a glitch in the system and my recipe totally disappeared! (But it’s working now!) 🙂 I actually used candied pecans for this salad. I hope it helps!

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