Make this 7 ingredient easy summer salad recipe for fun lunches or simple suppers. Tosses together in just mintues and is full of texture and flavor!
7 Ingredient Easy Summer Salad Recipe
When my kids were younger it had a different feeling than it does now. When they were really little our days were filled with trips to the pool, long naps and evening bike rides. As they got a little older, we spent the days traveling to sports camps, practices and summer jobs. Always busy, but the actual elements of summer changed as my family grew.
There were three constant elements though, and even though my kids are grown and gone, these elements still remain. Family, fun, and food. Summer is the time to kick back a bit, eat a little lighter, and limit your time in the kitchen. This 7 Ingredient Easy Summer Salad Recipe helps with all of those things. It was inspired by a beach lunch we enjoyed on our Florida vacation. It’s easy, quick, and the ingredients just go together so well.
I use the shredded lettuce most of the time but any lettuce would be delicious, especially romaine. I sometimes buy the little cups of mandarin oranges that come in 4-packs, but a fresh orange would work just as well. I like the convenience of the individual cups but if you are making a bigger salad, a can of mandarin oranges would be perfect.
7 Ingredient Summer Salad
- 2 cups shredded lettuce or finely chopped romaine
- 20 grape tomatoes cut in half
- 1/2 cup feta cheese
- 1/2 cup Craisins
- 1/3 cup sliced roasted almonds
- Red onion finely chopped as much or as little as you want
- 1 cup mandarin oranges drained
- dressing of your choice
- Mix first 7 ingredients together in a large bowl.
- Add salt and pepper if desired.
- Top with your favorite dressing and serve.
This is the perfect side salad to any summer meal, and the recipe below should feed four four people. To serve it as the main course, simply double the recipe, add grilled chicken breast (or rotisserie chicken) and a few hard boiled eggs. The key ingredient is the mandarin oranges, so I don’t even bother making it if I am out of those. It’s just not as good without them!
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