Our 5 Favorite Summer Salads

 

When the temps turn up and the sun comes out, it’s natural to crave cooler foods that will hydrate and refresh your body. Many fruits and vegetables can contribute to your daily fluid intake, helping you stay hydrated and prevent headaches and sluggishness caused by dehydration. A nutrient-rich salad is the perfect way to restore and refuel post-workout or poolside.

Get ready to head to the farmer’s market for some fresh fruit and veggies! We’re about to share 5 of our favorite summer salads that will conquer your hunger without weighing you down. The most satisfying salads are a combination of sweet and savory, crunchy and creamy, nutritious and delicious. Each salad begins with a base, making it easy for you to add or eliminate certain ingredients based on your own personal preference. In a bowl or on a plate, these salads are guaranteed to bring Balance & Bliss to your meal plan!

 

Spinach

2 cups fresh spinach

1 small tomato, diced

¼ cup black beans

¼ cup shredded Tex-Mex cheese

3 T. salsa

 

Quinoa

1 cup cooked quinoa

¾ cup strawberries, sliced

¾ cup cucumber, diced

2 T. feta cheese

Sliced red onion to taste

2 T. raspberry vinaigrette dressing

 

Pasta

1 cup cooked pasta

1 T. olive oil

1 T. apple cider vinegar

1 T. parmesan cheese

¼ cup peas

¼ cup carrots

1 clove garlic, diced

1 t. oregano

 

Fruit

2 cups fresh watermelon

2 T. feta cheese

¾ cup cucumber, chopped

2-3 mint leaves, finely chopped

 

Beans

1 cup chickpeas

1 small, green bell pepper, chopped

1 small tomato, diced

1 clove garlic, diced

1 T. red wine vinegar

2 t. lemon juice

1 t. cumin

1 t. paprika

1 t. basil

 

Experimenting with the recipes we’ve provided are a surefire way to increase your intake of fruits and veggies, leaving you energized, hydrated and ready to bike, swim and jog your way through the day. You’ll be ready to pack up your Balance & Bliss satchel and head on to the next adventure after one of these midday pick-me-ups. With a smooth nylon finish, this spacious satchel is perfect for walking to the market, hitting the gym, or wherever life takes you. It can be worn crossbody or on your arm. Which salad gives you the most Balance & Bliss in your life? Share a photo and let us know by tagging #solandselene.

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Megan has been a certified personal trainer for over ten years. Also a lifelong vegetarian, her fitness journey began in high school, when she was overweight and inactive. After joining her first gym at the age of 16 and making changes to her lifestyle, the extra weight dropped and her commitment to health and wellness continued to grow. In a world that overwhelms us with diet plans, new workout routines, and the latest “stress-busting, abs-lusting” claims, Megan Meisner Fitness will help you silence the distractions and focus on mindfulness, self-awareness, and support to reach your goals.

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