Refreshing Summer Salads for Lunch, Dinner, and Cookouts
With summer right around the corner and beautiful produce coming into the season, it’s time to reimagine some of our favorite summer salad recipes. Refreshing salads are usually at the forefront of everyone’s mind when the weather gets warmer, but many salad recipes either lack nutritious protein-rich options or bold flavors. This summer, opt for high-protein salads that combine vine-ripe vegetables, sweet summer fruits, and spiced seafood, perfect for a warm summer day whether dining alone or with a group.
Steakhouse Salmon Quinoa Bowl
Quinoa has taken the health food world by storm and for good reason. An ancient South American grain, this tiny seed is gluten-free and high in complex protein, making it a perfect base for a nutrient-rich meal. Also considered a superfood, quinoa contains all nine essential amino acids while being a great source of fiber. That’s why it makes an excellent base for another superfood, salmon, in the Steakhouse Salmon Quinoa Bowl.
Taking only about 30 minutes to prepare, this hearty bowl adds buttery avocado, peppery arugula, and Morey’s Wild Salmon Steakhouse to the quinoa base. The homemade dressing that combines spicy jalapeño, sweet honey, and tart lime adds complexity and is customizable to your spice tolerance. Whether you choose to enjoy this salmon salad with a tasty drink alone or take it to share at a cookout, it’s sure to delight.
Lemon Herb Cod with Strawberries
The classic flavors of strawberries and spinach combine to make this cod salad one to remember. We add an extra flair to this classic combination by tossing the strawberries in a citrusy sauce, taking their sweet summertime taste to new heights. The delicate, oniony notes of fresh chives help to deepen this dish by mixing in an oniony flavor with a slight hint of garlic.
Maple syrup is a natural way to add a nutty sweetness to salads while being blood-sugar-friendly for those who want to avoid processed sugars. With many different colors and grades, you can make this salad unique to your tastes by trying the lighter, floral notes of golden maple syrup. Dark maple syrup is the best choice if you prefer a bourbon vanilla flavor profile. Whatever maple syrup you end up with, this classic salad’s tart, floral undertone will impress. As a bonus, this Lemon Herb Cod with Strawberries Salad comes together in less than 30 minutes, making it a nutritious lunch option for your busy schedule.
Tilapia Quinoa Bowl
We’ve already sung the praises of quinoa and its many benefits, so it should come as no surprise that there’s a second quinoa bowl on this list – this time in the form of a tilapia salad! Our Tilapia Quinoa Bowl ups the ante by topping this superfood with juicy, spiced mango, black beans, and luscious avocado cream, creating a citrusy fusion of protein-packed ingredients.
The smoky blend of BBQ seasoning gives Morey’s Tilapia Seasoned Grill an extra kick of flavor, delivering a great brunch option for those wanting an exotic take on traditional salads. If you’re looking to try a different protein option, Morey’s Wild Salmon in Sweet Bourbon beautifully complements the tangy sweetness of this dish.
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