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Five Simple Summer Salads

| Autumn Enloe

Summer is a wonderful time for farmer’s market visits, barbeques, and beach outings. It is also the season for salads! Whether you are looking for vegetable salads, fruit salads, or a mixture of both – I got you covered with these five simple summer salad recipes to try out.

Watermelon Feta Salad
Recipe from Two Peas & Their Pod at:


  • 6 cups watermelon, cubed
  • ½ red onion, chopped
  • ½ cup feta cheese
  • 1/3 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped

Directions: In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together until well combined.

Fresh Cucumber Salad
Recipe from Delish at:


  • 3 medium cucumbers, sliced
  • ¼ red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped dill
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Directions: In a large bowl, mix the cucumber and onion together. Set aside. In another bowl, combine the yogurt, lemon juice, and dill. Season with salt and pepper. Pour yogurt dressing over the cucumber and onions and mix well. Garnish with more dill and serve immediately.

Fruit Salad with Honey Yogurt
Recipe from Gimme Delicious Food at:


  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 2 clementines, sliced
  • 1 mango, sliced
  • 1 red apple, sliced
  • 1 unripe banana, sliced
  • 1 orange, juiced

Directions: Combine the yogurt, honey, and vanilla in a small bowl. Set aside. Place all the fruit in another bowl and combine with orange juice. Top with yogurt sauce and serve immediately.

Cauliflower “Potato” Salad
Recipe from Primavera Kitchen at:


For Salad:

  • 1 large cauliflower head, cut into florets
  • ½ cup red onion, chopped
  • ½ yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 3 hardboiled eggs, chopped

For Dressing:

  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup + 1 Tbsp. mayonnaise (look for one made with olive oil)
  • 2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For Topping:

  • ½ tsp. ground paprika
  • 2 slices prosciutto, chopped
  • 1 tsp. chives, chopped
  • Fresh drill, chopped

Directions: Start off by steaming the cauliflower: fill a large pot with 2 cups of water and place a steamer basket on the bottom. Bring to boil. Place the cauliflower florets into steamer basket and cover. Steam until cauliflower is tender (about 6-8 minutes). Remove from water and let cool. Next, Place cauliflower in a large bowl and add all salad ingredients. Set aside. In a small bowl combine all the dressing ingredients together. Pour over salad ingredients. Add the toppings and serve immediately.

Strawberry Kale Salad
Recipe from Gimme Some Oven at:


For Salad:

  • 6 cups kale, chopped
  • 1 pint strawberries, sliced
  • 1-2 avocados, diced
  • 4 ounces crumbled goat cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • ½ small red onion, sliced

For Dressing:

  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 3-4 Tbsp. honey
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper

Directions: Combine all salad ingredients together. Set aside. Whisk all dressing ingredients together and drizzle on top of salad.

Interested in learning more about improving your eating habits? Schedule a dietary consult today!

Health and Happiness,
Autumn Enloe, MS, RD, LD
Registered Dietitian
Live Your LifeTM
Bringing Physical Therapy & Wellness to You!

Autumn is a Registered, Licensed Dietitian who holds a Master’s degree in Food and Nutritional Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. She completed a fast-paced dietetic internship program through Iowa State University, and also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Community Health Education from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Autumn has worked with hundreds of clients on areas such as weight management, blood sugar support, gut health, mindful eating, and food sensitivities. She has a holistic approach to nutrition and knows that our health is based on much more than just what we eat. Autumn is passionate about health and wellness, and loves to practice what she preaches by cooking, being active outside, and being with her family and friends. Autumn currently works in a clinical and private practice setting.

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