The secret to this Ultimate Summer Salad is the perfect combination of flavors, textures and colors, featuring the freshest in-season produce.
This post is sponsored by Marzetti®
It’s my favorite time of year, when the weather is getting nice and warm and the sun is shining almost every day. Lazy summer days are just around the corner and easy, casual dinners are my go-to meals.
I make lots of salads throughout the summer – it’s the best way to enjoy all the beautiful summer produce that’s in season – fresh lettuces, tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes, strawberries, blueberries, carrots and onions are some of my favorites.
For me, the Ultimate Summer Salad uses the freshest in-season produce I can find, mixes sweet + savory flavors, juicy + crunchy + creamy + crispy textures, includes a rainbow of colorful fruits and vegetables, has a variety of shapes and sizes for visual appeal, and is dressed lightly with a simple salad dressing.
I’ve made this Ultimate Summer Salad for several family gatherings the past two weeks, and everyone has loved this combination of fresh fruits and vegetables:
- Crisp lettuce
- Juicy strawberries
- Crunchy cucumbers
- Sweet blueberries
- Spicy radishes
- Creamy avocado
- Red onion for a little kick
- Vibrant carrots
- Plump cherry tomatoes
For the finishing touch, I drizzled some Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Balsamic Salad Dressing on top. Marzetti’s Simply Dressed® Balsamic Salad Dressing is made with just a few simple ingredients and no preservatives or artificial flavors. I used the light version for our salad. There are 25 different Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Dressings, including Ranch, Caesar and Blue Cheese, as well as fun flavors like Strawberry Poppyseed, Ginger Sesame, and Champagne. These dressings are made to enhance the fresh, natural goodness of your salads.
What you end up with is a simple, vibrant salad that tastes amazingly fresh and light, and is oh so good for you.
Watch this video to see how I made this Ultimate Summer Salad 🙂
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- One head leaf
lettuce,cut into bite sizepieces
- 2 cups strawberries, halved
- 1 cup English cucumber, sliced (~ ½ an English cucumber)
- 1 cup blueberries
- ½ cup radishes, sliced
- 1 large avocado, diced
- ¼ cup red onion, chopped
- ½ cup carrots, grated
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Balsamic Salad Dressing
- Line a large shallow bowl with lettuce. Top with strawberries, cucumbers, blueberries, radishes, avocado, red onion, carrots and cherry tomatoes.
- Just before serving, drizzle dressing on top.
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