5 Refreshing Summer Salads to Keep You Cool

summer saladsIt's time to keep the ovens cool, everyone. Summer is peaking, and temperatures are high enough without turning on the heat in your own home. This time of year, your food should help keep you cool instead of hot as heck.

Luckily, we've got five cool summer salads that will fill you up, and please your dinner guests at the same time.

Grab your serving tongs, and dig in!

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The signature summer salad at my house combines juicy watermelon and a minty dip. It's doubly refreshing! If you buy pre-cut watermelon, you can also have it made before the mercury hits the top of the thermometer.

1. Watermelon & Cucumber Mint Tsatsiki Salad adapted from Gourmet

Prep time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

1 garlic clove
Salt
2 medium cucumbers, peeled and de-seeded
1 1/2 cups plain Greek-style yogurt
2/3 cup chopped mint, divided
6 cups cubed watermelon
2 tablespoons lime juice
Flaky sea salt

1. Mash garlic to a paste with a pinch of salt and transfer to a bowl.

2. Take one peeled and de-seeded cucumber and coarsely grate into the bowl with the garlic paste. Stir in yogurt, 1/3 cup of the mint, and 3/4 tsp of salt to make the tsatsiki dip.

3. Cut remaining cucumber in half, then cut into thick slices.

4. Toss sliced cucumber with watermelon, the rest of the mint, and lime juice in a large bowl.

5. Add a sprinkle of flaky sea salt upon serving with the tsatsiki.

2. Avocado Wasabi Salad

My absolute favorite from Vegan Yum Yum, this chickpea, carrot, broccoli, avocado salad is an entire meal. Make this cool salad, and you are DONE for the night. If wasabi is too hot for your summer, leave out the powder and call it a day.

3. Green Radish, Fennel & Orange Salad

An incredibly simple salad with an exotic name, this recipe from One Hungry Mama has just inspired me to hit the farmers' market in search of a green radish. All you need is a mandoline or the ability to slice things in very thin strips, a radish, and fennel and you've basically got your refreshing salad in the bag.

4. Spinach & Strawberry Salad With Poppyseed Dressing

I was lucky enough to enjoy this salad with the lady who made it over at Cooking With My Kid. It is as delightful as it sounds.

5. Summer Corn Salad

The Naptime Chef is right, there's nothing more summerific than combining fresh corn, tomatoes, onion, and an oil and vinegar dressing. Who doesn't love a corn salad? That is a rhetorical question, because EVERYONE loves a summer salad.

What's your favorite summer salad?

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