The Ultimate Summer Salad Cheat Sheet

Get the tips and tricks you need to take your salad to new heights.

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If you are looking to lighten up your lunch options this summer and you aren't sure where to start, this cheat sheet is for you. Follow these tips and guidelines to build a delicious, filling, and healthy salad the next time you are craving some greens.

For your base, choose from spinach, kale, arugula, or romaine greens. 

For your protein, try grilled chicken, salmon, tuna steak, tofu, eggs, chickpeas, feta, fresh mozzarella, black beans, turkey, falafel, or talapia. 

For your toppings, pick from an array of summer fruits and vegetables such as corn, beets, blueberries, grapefruit, cucumbers, blackberries, zucchini, peaches, peas, tomatoes, eggplant, or hot peppers. 

For an easy and healthy summer dressing, mix balsamic vinegar with olive oil and a pinch of honey. If you want a refreshing tart flavor, squeeze fresh lemon on top. For a kick, add some red pepper flakes. You can add any seasonings you prefer, just avoid too much salt so you can stay bloat-free. 

Feel free to mix and match ingredients to find your favorite combination and don't be afraid to branch out and try a brand new recipe as well. Find a printable version here so you can have this cheat sheet with you on the go! 

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