8 Swimsuit Salad Recipes

Now that Saint Patrick’s Day and Easter have past, swimsuit season will be here before we know it. While every body (no matter its size or shape) is a swimsuit body, we completely understand wanting to feel your best by adding nutrient-dense salads to your diet. Stuffed with fresh citrus, vegetables, and drizzled in delicious dressings, these salad recipes are great to keep in your back-pocket for lunches, on-the-go dinners, picnics, and much more. Plus, each will give you a little snake-peak of the summer flavors we all cannot wait to indulge in. 

Fennel Orange Salad

Fennel Orange Salad served on a plate, which is placed on a blue surface

The perfect salad delivers a strong combination of textures and flavors. In the case of our Fennel Orange Salad, we use creamy whipped ricotta cheese, olive croutons, and citrus. It’s a great balance to the fennel base with lemon juice, olive oil, honey, salt and pepper, and parsley as the dressing.

Apple and Rutabaga Salad with Date Vinaigrette

Two yellow bowls hold an an Apple and Rutabaga Salad with a Date Vinaigrette in a small dressing bowl to the top right and forks in the bottom left corner.

It’s time to start bringing fresh flavors from the farmers market into your meals. Start simple with Honeycrisp and Granny Smith apples in our Apple and Rutabaga Salad. Feel free to add in a protein such as chicken breast or serve as listed with a homemade Date Vinaigrette. 

Citrus and Kale Salad With Fig and Honey Vinaigrette

A plate with a salad on it has plenty of kale and citrus fruits like orange slices with drinks in the top right corner of the photo and more plates and forks to the left.

If you’re looking for a nutrient-dense salad that leaves you feeling energized and confident, this Citrus and Kale Salad is the one for you. Bright orange and grapefruit citrus pack a punch of flavor within the bed of kale. Plus, start feeling the flavors of summer with the Honey Vinaigrette that’s useful for other dishes and salads as well.

Biscuit and Peach Panzanella Salad

Peaches easily remind us of summer thanks to their sweet taste and even sweeter blend of orange tones. This zesty Biscuit and Peach Panzanella Salad uses biscuits as a crouton replacement. It’s also paired with a simple red wine vinaigrette to not overwhelm the juicy fruit. 

Wilted Lettuce Salad

Wilted Lettuce Salad - A bowl of fresh leaf lettuce topped with crispy bacon, radishes, and scallions

Salads don’t have to be filled with toppings in order for them to be delicious. In fact, the greens in this Wilted Lettuce Salad make the dish. It’s also recommended to serve hot or at room temperature so while it may not be best for a super hot day, the addition of bacon fat makes it addicting.

Strawberry Kale Salad

A Strawberry Kale Salad sits on a white plate featuring small green patterns. A silver fork and spoon sit to the right of the plate.

You can’t go wrong with strawberries in a salad. Our Strawberry Kale Salad uses kale, green onions, strawberries, avocado, roasted almonds, BBQ chickpeas, and a homemade dressing. It’ll bring your favorite elements of summer into your kitchen a little early and get your body prepared for swimsuit season at the same time.

Summer Salad

 

An aerial shot of a colorful summer salad on a yellow plate sitting on wooden slates purple in color and surrounded by flowers and herbs. Summer Salad Recipe

You’ll want to stock up on farmers market fresh zucchini, cucumbers, and tomatoes for our Summer Salad. It’s a natural, healthy meal featuring olives as one of the key components. Mix it all up with an olive oil, white balsamic vinegar, and Dijon mustard dressing and you have your lunch for the next day ready to go.

Nana’s Cucumber Salad

a bowl filled with Nana’s Cucumber Salad next to a smaller bowl and a fork and a knife

Salad made with a cucumber base is crunchy, juicy, and refreshing in ways a lettuce based salad cannot be. Just cucumbers and radishes make up the bulk of Nana’s Cucumber Salad but here, simple is better. One bite with an apple cider vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil dressing is all it takes to hook you.

Story by Kylie Thomas

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