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Salad Days of Summer

For some people, the start of summer is marked by a shift in wardrobe, but for me it’s what’s in my salad bowl. I make salads often and experiment with nuts, seeds, fruits, veggies, grains, proteins and dressings. And I rely on peak-season flavors like strawberries, cherries, corn and tomatoes. Follow suit to banish boring salads at your house.  

Read on to find out how you could win a $50 Whole Foods Market gift card. UPDATE: Thank you to everyone that entered! Congrats to our winner, Ellie!

Awesome Simple Salads

The leafy green + veggies + dressing combo is just the tip of the iceberg. So make every salad super with just a little something extra. Here are a few winning combinations:

  • Romaine + heirloom tomatoes + creamy ranch or blue cheese + hearts of palm or artichoke hearts (Sure Deal!)
  • Arugula + chopped cucumbers + red wine vinaigrette + olives or marinated mushrooms
  • Baby spinach + sliced nectarines + sesame vinaigrette + toasted pine nuts or cooked baby shrimp
  • Whole wheat couscous + strawberries + balsamic vinaigrette + feta or goat cheese crumbles (Sure Deal!)
  • Wheat berries + diced peaches + cider vinaigrette + sliced prosciutto or salami
  • Cannellini beans + diced zucchini + olive oil vinaigrette + roasted red peppers or sundried tomatoes

Here are six more salads that defy sad salad syndrome and spotlight some of the season’s best flavors.

HEIRLOOM TOMATO AND BULGUR SALAD Honeydew and Smoked Poblano Salad

AVOCADO SALMON SALAD WITH KALE GRILLED CHICKEN, GREEN ONION AND RADISH SALAD

CAPRESE COUSCOUS BERRY GOAT CHEESE SALAD

Looking to save? Shop the bulk bins for nuts, seeds, grains and dried fruit and buy only what you need. Leftover chicken and salmon are great time and money savers too. With $53+ in coupons, Sure Deals, 12 new 5-ingredient budget-friendly recipes and money-saving tips, The Whole Deal® value guide has lots more ways to enjoy the best of the season for less.

Lettuce know what’s in your awesome salad in the comments below by August 31 and you could win a $50 Whole Foods Market® gift card. Yup, it’s that Caprese!

The fine print: No purchase necessary. Promotion ends August 31, 2013, 11:59 PM CDT. Must be a legal resident of the US or Canada (except in Quebec, where it is void) age 18 or older to participate. Taxes on prize, if applicable, are the responsibility of the winner. Employees of Whole Foods Market, Inc., are not eligible. Void where prohibited.

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Mitch Jinks says …

I tear up leaves of zingy-fresh romaine, toss in some grated cabbage and carrots, then add grape tomato halves, slices of sweet red pepper, red onion and kalamata olives, and feta cheese, then top it all with freshly-grilled boneless skinless chicken breast and a dressing made of EVOO, lemon juice, dijon mustard and garlic. Super delicious and so nutritious!

Willow says …

My favorite salad satisfies my sweet tooth. I use baby spinach, orange flavored dried cranberries, strawberries, raspberries, walnuts, shredded coconut and poppyseed dressing or orange muscat champagne vinegar. Yum!

Bri says …

Kale + pitted cherry halves + maple vinaigrette + toasted walnuts and/or sharp cheddar crumbles

laura says …

black bean, corn, tomatoe, scallion, romaine, lime vinegarette, and ricota salata/ queso fresca

laro says …

green leaf lettuce, scallions, roasted beets, sunflower seeds (roasted and salted), feta balsamic vinegar and olive oil. i roast the beets on sunday and eat this salad all week... sometimes i change it up with the blue cheese crumbles.....

Arlene says …

I cooked up a large bowl of Kamut from your bulk section and add a handful into endless salad combinations!

Jackie says …

My awesome salad recipe!--Kale+cucumbers+red peppers+goat cheese+homemade blueberry dressing (in a food processor or blender= blueberries+olive oil+apple cider vinegar+honey+orange juice). Delicious!!

Martha Grace says …

Pickled red onion and cucumbers atop spinach, kale, heirloom tomato, red pepper, kalamata olives and feta. With a homemade garlicky vinaigrette. Sopped up with some toasty baguette. Yum!

Cali says …

Fruitful Slaw: 2 cups broccoli slaw, 7-10 baby carrots quartered lengthwise, 2 apples thinly sliced, 1/2 crushed pineapple, 1/2 cup halved grapes, 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, and 2 tablespoons lemon juice. This is absolutely delicious and refreshing on a hot summer day! Super easy and quick!

Ruth says …

Fresh baby spinach, sliced strawberries, blueberries, 1 finely diced apple, diced artichoke hears, diced hearts of palm, small handful of raw cashews, oil and vinegar dressing and seasoning to taste. Toss well. Yummy!

Joan Eitzen says …

One of my favorite salads: Arugula, julienned roasted beets, Laura Chenel's goat cheese crumbled on top. Toss with Cherry Balsamic Dressing (recipe below). Dresssing: 1/4 cup cherry balsamic vinegar, 1/3 cup California extra virgin olive oil, 1 finely chopped medium shallot, honey (I use 3 Tbsp), salt and pepper to taste.

Elise says …

I love fruit in my salads with a balsamic vinaigrette and some sunflower seeds to top it off .

Belinda Abraham says …

I love tri-color spiral pasta for the color and taste. So I put it in a salad, pasta salad that is. All you need is tri-color spiral pasta, Italian-style salad dressing or whatever vinegar dressing you like and any vegetables you like in a pasta salad. I like tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, olives, bell peppers, etc. Sometimes a little pepperoni, ham or salami is added for those meat lovers.

Ellie says …

My awesome salad has mixed greens, sliced pear, goat cheese, sliced almonds, chopped fresh basil, dried cranberries and a simple vinaigrette. I often add a sprig of rosemary to the bottle of vinaigrette overnight or for a few hours before serving.

Lindsay Dowling says …

Kale+sauteed beefsteak tomatoes, garlic & shallots in olive oil + juice from 1/2 lemon (make it awesome=add red pepper flakes & fresh grated parm)!

Kierstin Cifelli says …

My fiesta salad- Romaine lettuce, ground turkey, avocado, tomato, salsa! Maybe a touch of shredded cheese too!

Angela G. says …

(All produce organic) Baby spinach, julienne-cut carrots, blueberries, sliced zucchini and yellow squash seasoned with black pepper lightly sautéed in olive oil, chopped red bell peppers. No cheese or dressing.

Maggie Hyde says …

Awesome Simple Salad! Greens: Arugula Fruit: Blueberries Dressing: Blue cheese or Blueberry balsamic vinaigrette Make It Awesome: Bacon or Candied Pecans (or both!)

Rose Harrison says …

This Chop Suey salad consists of romaine, spinach, spring mix , finely chopped kale + tomato wedges, beet, jicama strips + apples or peaches or pineapple pieces + shredded carrot and some chickpeas. Any vinaigrette dressing + fan out an hard-boiled egg on top. Sprinkle some nutritional yeast to give a nutty taste. For a quick dinner, add some chicken stripes for more protein.

Rosette says …

My favorite salad to make starts off with a combination of frisee and butter lettuce. I top it with cherry tomatoes, roasted beets, grilled halloumi cheese, grilled chicken breast, toasted pine nuts, and olive tapenade. I drizzle a tad of olive oil and balsamic with lemon juice on top, and dig in!

Christie says …

I like to combine firm tofu (cut into 1/2 in. cubes) and kimchi (Korean spicy fermented napa cabbage) together and put it on top of field of arugula greens and sliced cucumbers. For dressing, combination of rice vinegar, soy sauce, and sesame oil goes well with this "Korean"ized salad.

Victoria says …

My awesome salad has chopped and sauteed eggplant (cooled) chopped fresh tomatoes, basil, olives and red onions with a lemon vinaigrette with grated Parmesan cheese on top!

Nia says …

arugula, cannellini beans, whole wheat couscous, roasted garlic, marinated mushrooms, pine nuts, feta, sliced vidalia onions, roasted red peppers, olive oil vinaigrette

Becca says …

My favorite salad this year = Kale greens, steamed sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts, avocado, hard boiled egg, and fig balsamic vinegar/olive oil. It changed my life!

Deanna Paglia says …

I absolutely LOVE this gluten-free salad and I am sure that you will too! Roasted golden beets (I like adding roasted red beets too) - you can easily roast the beets yourself in the over - just wash, rub with some olive oil and roast in the oven until fork-tender Goat cheese Quinoa Pepitas (pumpkin seeds) Arugula Red onion Basil pesto vinaigrette or a parsley herb vinaigrette These are the ingredients but you can add as much or little as you like of each.

Carolyn H says …

My salad consists of kale, mixed greens, arugula, and Swiss chard when available. I top it with chicken, bok Chou, cucumber, black lentils, cherry tomato, blue cheese, berries, edamame, peppers and onion. I love the vegan honey mustard! Yum!!

Joelle says …

Kaleprese Summer Salad - Fresh kale chopped fine, chopped basil, tomato fresh from the garden, chia seed, balsamic vinegar, parmigiano reggiano, s&p to taste. Buon Appetito!

sam aluia says …

I like to mix up my salads, sometimes using common romaine & red leaf lettuce to baby romaine red oak leaf dried traverse city cherries I'm from"MICHIGAN" SHARP blue cheese fresh garlic minced, lemon juice S/P to taste a good hard crust bread to your liking, room temperature red wine, your taste and enjoy

Liz says …

Arugula + Wheatberries + diced zucchini + kalamata olives + pine nuts + sherry vinaigrette/olive oil/garlic/s+p dressing

says …

I make a salad w avocado tomato lime juice sea salt and sweet chili sauce for a light summer treat

Alicia says …

My fav salad for the summer is my low carb "pad thai", it's very refreshing! Broccoli slaw, thinly sliced red or orange or yellow bell peppers (large or minis), thinly sliced snow peas, finely chopped peanuts and scallions, cilantro, fresh grilled chicken or tofu and my homemade Thai peanut sauce, or any peanut sauce you like and some lime really top it off too! YUM!

Rebecca says …

My awesome salad has Olivia's Organic baby mixed greens, roasted beets, cucumbers, crumbled goat cheese, walnuts, flax seeds and Brianna's Real French Vinaigrette. It's my go to salad for lunches all week and it's so easy to prepare!

Melissa Montalvo says …

My awesome salad has : baby spinach + sliced hard-boiled egg + goat cheese crumbles + blueberries + pecans + shiitake-sesame vinaigrette mmmmm

Audrey says …

I shred green cabbage and add chopped cilantro, lime juice, lime zest, olive oil and salt and pepper to make a fresh, light Mexican-inspired cole slaw.

Lisa Kirschner says …

Your salad bars are absolutely wonderful. When I'm not designing a salad at whole Foods, I'm in my kitchen using locally grown ingredients, plus a few more goodies. My Big Summer Salad consists of romaine lettuce, English cucumber, heirloom tomatoes, yellow bell pepper, scallions, feta cheese, kalamato olives, and lots of fresh basil from my herb pot on my balcony. I top it off with fresh squeezed lemon, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Michelle says …

i like bibb lettuce with cold farro, slivered almonds, chopped dried cherries, grated parmesan, and a vinaigrette that varies depending on the day.

E Miot says …

I have many awesome salads, but these are two of my favorites: The first one: pasta, shrimp, tomatoes, cucumbers, black olives, shredded carrots, chopped celery, and red onion, with a dressing made with mayonnaise, lemon juice and dill. The second one: rice, canned tuna, corn, marinated artichoke hearts, hearts of palm, tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, and chopped bell pepper, with a Dijon mustard/balsamic vinegar/olive oil vinaigrette.

Lauren Cervera says …

Fiesta salad Baby spinach+ slices strawberries and cubes cantaloupe+ fresh lime juice and olive oil. + feta cheese crumbles

Jennifer McCabe-Hyndman says …

Baby Spinach, granny smith apples, red grapes, candied walnuts, honey, olive oil, cider vinegar, ground cinnamon, and garlic.....

Brenda Radella says …

My awesome salad has spinach, feta cheese, beets, & walnuts.

Mitch says …

My awesome salad has grilled chicken, buffalo sauce, French fries, tomato, lettuce, tangelo, mango, & rutabaga.

Cyanne says …

Baby Spinach + heirloom tomatoes + multi-grain tabbuli + Maple Balsamic Salmon No dressing needed because the flavors are so amazing :)

Rini says …

simple and magical - grapefruit, avocado, and edamame beans. top with shaken lemon juice, olive oil and salt. creamy, crunchy, juicy, and summery!

Didie FurcoloweLuckydidieiam says …

Tomato, cucumber, dried cranberries, julienne carrots, salad greens, radish, blue cheese , DELISH

Carrie Ortiz says …

Kale + blueberries, diced mangos, sliced almonds + olive oil & fresh squeezed lemon = Delicious!

jennifer says …

Our salad is usually romaine and baby spinach with granny smith apple slices and cashews. Dressed with a light sweet dressing like vidala onion and then some Parmesan shavings on top

duanne says …

My awesome salad has spinach, yellow squash, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, feta, roasted cannellini beans with kosher salt & lemon balsamic vinaigrette. Best to add the beans while warm. Sometimes I'll add roasted chicken. Yummmmmmmmmmm :-)

Lynn Dowdell says …

I love my Cucumber Salad! Comprised of cucumbers, roma tomatoes, avacados, chopped unsalted almonds, salt, pepper, olive oil and vinegar. It's flavorful and can be eaten alone or accompany any meal. Sure to please!

jackie zaferatos says …

Kale with homemade Miso dressing (miso,lemon, agave or honey,apple cider or balsamic vinegar,olive or flax oil) with cranberries or raisins,walnuts or pecans & onions- all organic of course!

Jennifer Hughes says …

BEET this: Short grain brown rice, romaine lettuce, roasted beets, cilantro, toasted walnuts, and a dressing made with maple syrup, olive oil, dijon mustard, and apple cider vinegar. It's a crowd pleaser. Cheers!

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