Every summer, there’s a shift that happens right around the moment daytime temperatures eclipse 75 degrees when our preferences switch gears from hearty comfort food to lighter, mainly fresh-veggie-based fare. Salads are the obvious choice, more specifically, ones that offer a little more substance by way of added proteins or carbs (don’t worry, what little heat cooking is involved is straightforward). Here, four salads to add to the rotation, plus three favorites from stories past.
Who doesn’t love a BLT, especially when it includes avocado? This, our hearty salad version of the classic sandwich, makes a really satisfying dinner or post-workout lunch. Plus the dressing is killer—really delicious spread on sandwiches or used as a dip for crudité.
We like our shrimp nice and charred, as it really brings out the natural sweetness. This is great as a composed salad at home, but also works really well as a packed chopped salad to-go. If you want to pack it, simply cut up the shrimp into bite size pieces, arrange all the ingredients in a container (trying to keep them separate so they maintain their freshness), and pack the dressing on the side.
The Spiralizer is back in this light yet filling Chinese-inspired lettuce cup salad. Mostly veggies, a little protein, and a ton of flavor thanks to a hoisin-y sauce that’s drizzled over everything, we could eat this one every single day for a week.
Make this, grab a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store, and call it a day. Be sure to use stale baguette for texture, or toss torn fresh baguette in a hot pan, oven, or toaster oven to crisp it up a bit.
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