Refreshing Summer Salads

This evening, I gave a workshop at the Fort Collins Club called Healthy Eating on the Go. At the beginning of the workshop, I asked the participants “what is your #1 challenge to eating healthy on the go?” There were two main themes to the answers: lack of preparation and not knowing what foods to pack. Can you relate?

The participants got pretty excited when I talked about making salads (not just lettuce!) and having them for lunch, dinner, or sides for a couple days during busy weeks or taking them to potlucks and picnics.

Raw Carrot and Beet Salad
Raw Carrot and Beet Salad

Salads are awesome in the summer. They keep for 2-4 days in the fridge, are loaded with fresh vegetables and leafy greens, packed with vitamins and minerals, and are full of real food nutrition.

As a Fort Collins Nutritionist and frequent recipe creator/blogger, I know that its easy for delicious recipes to get lost in the archives. So, to make it easy-er for you to make some refreshing summer salads, I dug through my blog and created a list of favorites.

If you’re on the gluten free diet, all of the recipes are both gluten and dairy free. If you’re not on the gluten free diet, these are just really healthy and really yummy recipes. Pick one and give it a try!

9 Refreshing Summer Salads for lunch, dinner, anywhere

Just Veggies (and pizzazz)Creamy Avocado Kale Salad

Creamy Avocado Kale Salad

Raw Carrot and Beet Salad

Tomato Cucumber Salad

Rainbow Cabbage Coleslaw

Cilantro Lime Sweet Potato SaladTomato Cucumber Quinoa Salad

Veggies and Whole Grains

Summer Picnic Quinoa Salad (client favorite!!)

Tomato and Cucumber Quinoa Salad

Veggies and Beans or Lentils

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad Zesty Vegetable Lentil Salad

Zesty Vegetable Lentil Salad

Erin Harner

Erin Harner is an Integrative Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), author, and speaker based in Ithaca, NY. Erin melds functional medicine and culinary nutrition to help her clients uncover their unique diet and confidently cook healthy nourishing meals that meet the needs of their whole family. Learn about Erin's services and connect on Instagram.

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