Simple Summer Salads

July 17, 2015  |   Brooks Halliday

Salad is the perfect choice for filling up while cooling down during the dog days of summer.  If your family doesn't jump for joy at that word, however, it's probably time to up your veggie game.  Forget the bum wrap of salad as "rabbit food" that leaves you bored and hungry.  Just a few protein and fiber-rich ingredients, like whole grains and legumes, can effortlessly upgrade your salad from side dish to entree in no time.  

Easy to prep ahead -- just get your ingredients chopped and whisked; hold off on tossing until you're ready to serve -- an intriguing new salad recipe is a great excuse to host a summer luncheon in the backyard.  Expect extra high-fives from your vegan and vegetarian friends, who will be happy to get some reprieve from BBQ season. Give it a go with any one of these unique, veggie-loaded salads.  Perfect for summer. Definitely not for rabbits. 

Make the most of the season's bounty. Invite over a few friends, and think outside the bottle (the dressing bottle, that is).

About the author

Brooks Halliday

Brooks Halliday

Brooks Halliday is a food stylist, writer and recipe developer based in New York City. She's had a hand in making good looking food for magazines, cookbooks, packaging, print ads, commercials and television. Together with healthy eating guru Candice Kumai, she's co-developed recipes for the cookbook Cook Yourself Sexy, as well as for magazines and numerous food and household product brands. Before following her heart and stomach to culinary school, Brooks was a Capitol Hill press secretary and spokesperson for a national nonprofit organization. These days, when she's not on set or in the test kitchen, Brooks can usually be found in her own kitchen cooking for her handsome fiance and two unusually epicurean cats.