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!
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.)
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What You’ll Need to Make This:
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, this side salad recipe!)
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.
Strawberries on a salad, not only taste stinking delish… but that pop of color make it hard to deny.
Toss on the nuts and the dried fruit. (I used a dried cranberry & blueberry blend.)
Oh, and avocados… if I could buy stock in avocados, I would. Wait… can I?
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! (Next, print out this “hello summer” printable to really celebrate the warm weather in your home!)
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Summer Side Salad Recipe
- 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
Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.
A really really summer salad! Bright, light, colorful and full of vitamins! I can’t stand trying to cook it.
what type of nuts did you use on this?
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!