4th of July Summer Salads

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Are you looking for ideas for a 4th of July Summer Salads? After this last weekend of wedding festivities, I will be eating salads for the 4th of July and beyond.

We actually ate several salads in the weeks leading up to this past weekend. Chicken Caesar Salad is one of our favorites. It’s a quick and easy meal. A perfect meal on a hot summer day. You can find my recipe HERE. It is easy to put together and then dress right before you serve. Omit the meat if you just want it to be a side dish.

chicken Caesar salad a great 4th of July Summer Salad

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More 4th of July Summer Salads

Shrimp, Pasta, and Peas is another salad that we love in the summer and would be perfect to take to a 4th of July get-together. Right now I have dill growing prolifically in my garden and that fresh dill is such a refreshing summer flavor and garnishes to this summer salad. Find my recipe HERE

pasta and shrimp salad on top of a piece of lettuce on an oval plate. Great 4th of July Summer Salad

I recently posted my version of Salade Niçoise. This is a really special salad that will make a statement no matter who you are serving. Your family and friends will be impressed. You can find the recipe in this POST.

A white platter with the fixings for salad niçoise. This would also make a great 4th of July summer salad dish

Are Salads Good For You?

Leafy green vegetables are nutrient-rich because leaves contain the light-catching, energy-converting machinery of plants. Salad greens contain Vitamin A, Vitamin C, beta-carotene, calcium, folate, fiber, and phytonutrients

Are Salads Good for You?

Using fresh leafy greens and vegetables in a salad is really good for you. What you put on it as a dressing or additional toppings can be where you need to make wise choices to keep it a healthy meal.

Healthy Salad Fixings

  • Homemade Dressings (Vinegar & Olive Oil) – I use lots of vinegar and very little olive oil. I’ve also used lemon and olive oil. Then I add my own spices (garlic and oregano are two of my favorites)
  • Hard-Boiled Egg
  • Avocado Slices
  • Olives
  • Shredded Carrots or Broccoli Slaw Mix
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Celery
  • Green & Red Onions
  • Beets
  • Strawberries or Grapes
  • Nuts
  • Quinoa
  • Any Green Veggie
  • Peppers
  • Mushrooms
  • Radishes

Toppings You Should Use Sparingly or Avoid

  • Croutons
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Mayo-based dressings

Add a Protein

  • Chicken
  • Shrimp
  • Salmon
  • Steak
  • Bacon
  • Ham

Super Salad Supplies

Other Salad Ideas

I have a group of amazing blogging friends and I grabbed a few recipes from their blogs that look simply amazing.

My friend Michele from Vintage Home Design shared this Harvest Salad that you can change out ingredients depending on the season.

Renae over at Peacock Ridge Farms recently shared her Potato Salad Recipe that uses golden sweet potatoes. It sounds delicious.

It’s the season for fresh tomato, onion, and cucumber salad. Stacy Ling at Stacyling.com has you covered with her refreshing salad recipe.

You can find even more of my salad recipes in my blog post 7 Fresh Fall Salads.

Brussel Sprout, pomegranate, salad on white oval plate

Brussel Sprout, Pomegranate and Parmesan Salad

A slaw like salad. The pomegranate give this savory salad just the right amount of sweet.
Prep Time20 mins
Course: Salad
Keyword: brussel sprout salad, brussel sprout slaw
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound brussel sprouts, shredded
  • seeds from 1/2 pomegranate
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup roasted slivered almonds, for garnish

Instructions

  • Mix all ingedients together except for the almonds
  • serve salad and garnish with almond slices and additional parmesan

Notes

I used my Quisinart shredding blade for my Brussel sprouts and it makes a pretty fine slaw. You can also grade with a hand grader or chop with knife to make a more coarse salad.
I personally find that the easiest way to get pomegranate seeds out of the fruit is to cut in half (equator cut) and soak it in water for a little bit. Then I manually peel the seeds out of the rind into the water. I use a fine food strainer to get any floating rind out of the water. I used 1/2 of the seeds for my salad and I plan to use the other 1/2 for a fun fall cocktail.
 

There is a lot of great 4th of July Summer Salad options here! I hope you find one that you enjoy.

Peace,

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8 Comments

    1. You are so welcome my friend!

  1. I wasn’t aware of shredded brussels! My hubby would love this salad – thanks Lynn!

  2. These salads look delicious. With added protein, each one could be a main entree for a casual summer supper.
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    1. Love Salads for Dinner. Thanks for visiting my blog!

  3. Lynn, these salads looks so delicious. I have several boxes of digitali pasta so that shrimp and pea one will be made this week! Thanks for sharing and I hope you are resting after all the major events in your life and have a wonderful July 4th.

    1. I love that recipe. I’m going to make it this week too!

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