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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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Diane Shapiro says …

My suggestion for a truly awesome salad is Romaine lettuce, sliced red onions, chopped Granny Smith apples, crumbled blue cheese and sprinkled with balsamic vinegar for dressing. It's sweet, savory, creamy, crunchy and very tasty! P.S. You can use the lettuce of your choice instead of Romaine and dried cranberries in lieu of the apples if you'd like.

Sharlea says …

I made an awesome lunch from the salad bar at the Reno Whole Foods today: lotsa greens, bell peppers, radishes, cauliflower, carrots and beets with some croutons and the roasted pepper ranch dressing. Yum!

Therese D. says …

Being a speech-language therapist who works in several different school locations, it's important that my lunch is portable and mess-free. This is why I bring salads to work a lot. One of my favorite salads to bring (especially during the warmer months) is cold soba noodle salad. I use 100% soba noodles (so it's gluten-free as well), julienned carrots, peppers, zucchini, and mung bean sprouts. I toss it with peanut oil and sesame oil. I usually have leftovers good for the week!

Lauri says …

My favorite salad always has avocado, sunflower seeds, tomatoes, mozzarella, and maybe some dried cranberries

Susie Reed says …

Baby Spinach + Mango + Toasted Almonds + Marinated Tempeh Croutons + Ginger Sesame Oil Vinaigrette = Awesome Salad

Elizabeth Delabarre says …

My awesome salad has whatever green needs to be eaten + steamed or sautéed green (and/or yellow) beans halved + mustard vinaigrette (or honey mustard so my son will eat it - recipes in last month's Whole Deal) + walnuts and/or goat cheese. I steam a whole bunch of green beans, and then use them throughout the week this way, and on skewers with other veggies for my son's lunch.

Lindsey Sands says …

My awesome salad is: Arugula, dried cranberries, avocado, sliced almonds, and then for dressing I use olive oil, balsamic and a little honey. Only slicing and dicing is the avocado which, with the almonds, makes it filling. It's a quick, easy and delicious lunch!

Meaghan says …

raspberries+spinach+goat cheese+toasted pita+cherry tomatoes+lemon tahini dressing!

amorettejones says …

I love to add the marinated mushrooms to an arugula mix with cherry tomatoes and grilled chicken, just a hint of the fig balsamic and a dash of red wine vinegar for zip.

J says …

My sweet and savory summer salad combines raspberries, avocado cubes, red onion, and toasted hazelnuts on romaine with a homemade raspberry vinaigrette!

Nora Sihanikhom says …

I just started to eat more greens. My kitchen sink salad has green and red lettuces, green peppers, parsley or from my garden basils, sweet corn, tomatoes, carrots, water cress (my favorite and only can be found at Whole Foods), cooked quinoa, one source of proteins (ham, grilled chickens, scrambled or over easy eggs, slices of boiled eggs)... serve with spicy salsa. Basically, anything I can find in the fridge... hence the same kitchen sink salad.

Pearl says …

My favorite salad is Som Tom or papaya salad (Thai Food)raw papaya ,raw carrot ,tomato Dressing mix by chile ,garlic ,lime juice or lemon juice ,salt ,sugar

Michael says …

Go-to summer salad: -A 50/50 mix of Watercress (or upland cress) and endive -Fuji apples (cut into thin slices) -Balsamic vinaigrette with some honey mixed in -Add toasted almonds to make it awesome!

Jon says …

Quinoa, strawberry, wilted rocket, sliced almonds, feta, dressing is olive oil, splash of balsamic, bit of agave syrup. Throw some poppy seeds in if you have it. Make it for the week!! Simple

Luda Dolginsky says …

Salads are one of my favorite things ever! So much variety and so easy especially in the hot weather. My most awesome salad always includes beets!! I love baking off a bunch of beets and using them for salads throughout the week. After cooked, I cut them up and throw those in with a bunch of spinach and arugula, walnuts, cucumber and mango and make a honey and ginger vinaigrette. The dressing combines with the natural beet juices to form the best dressing for the greens. Whatever salad I have I love throwing some herbs on top as well, so I grab whatever I have in the fridge (cilantro, dill, basil and parsley) and sprinkle on top.

Sarah says …

I love goat cheese crumbles and avocado chunks over baby romaine with a mustard and oil dressing!

linda fishman says …

my summer salad is seared scallops over a bed of arugula with shaved peaches and sliced grapefruit dressed w lemon, EVO, s&p, drizzled w a balsamic glaze. so light and delicious.

Albert labozzo says …

Baby spinach with cucumber, garbanzo beans roasted peppers and a big old scoop of Bucks tuna with oil and balsomic

Sally Pyne says …

My family loves this variation of traditional cucumber salad: sliced cucumbers, halved grape tomatoes, crumbled feta cheese & sliced black olives. Toss it all with an olive oil, sugar & red wine vinegar dressing & you won't have any leftovers!

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