Healthy Side Salads - Fresh Summer Fare

Easy and light summer sides and salads are the way to stay cool and healthy this summer.  Here are three for you to whip up for your family - add these healthy sides into your dinner menu often as a delicious way to get those crunchy vegetables into your family's diet!  When making these salads, think easy - use already grated carrots, bagged real bacon pieces, etc.  It doesn't take but 5 minutes to throw these sides together.


Take 1 1/2 cups grated carrots, 1/4 cup craisins, 1/2 cup diced pineapple, and 1/4 cup crushed walnuts to make this beauty!  Then keep it sugar-free (the ingredients give it enough sweet crunch!) by stirring 1/2 cup unsweetened soy milk with 1/4 cup mayo (or veganaise) and 1 teaspoon (packet) of Truvia.  Yummy sweetness, no added sugar!


Mix together 2 cups diced broccoli florets, 1/4 craisins, 1/4 cup real bacon pieces, 1/4 cup diced sweet onion, and 1/4 cup sliced almonds.  Take 1/2 cup unsweetened soy milk, 1/4 cup mayo or veganaise, 1 squeezed lemon, and 1 tablespoon honey and stir together to make this lemony sweet sauce.  Stir it into the salad mixture.  Pleasing to the tastebuds, and body!


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To make this easy side, take 1 1/2 cups cucumber slices (peel the cucumber first), 1/4 cup diced green onion, 1/2 cup diced avocado, and stir together.  For marinade, mix 4 tbsp rice vinegar, 2 tbsp canola oil, 1 tsp sesame oil, 2 tsp toasted sesame seeds (these you can buy at the store in a seasoning bottle already toasted!) together and stir into salad.  Refrigerate for at least an hour to give the salad better flavor!

These 3 salads are perfect paired with fish, chicken or even the occasional beef entree.  Enjoy these salads often, as they are easy and so good for you!