Healthy No-Cook Summer Salads

It’s beginning to look a lot like summer, and that means one thing—time for salads! Crisp, crunchy, and perfectly refreshing, these no-cook salads are one way to keep your cool as the weather heats up.
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As the weather starts to get steamy — and you're already roasting — there's no point in heating up the house with a blazing oven or standing over a fiery grill. Instead, keep your cool all summer long with these fresh, intriguing, full-meal salads. Deli meats, leftovers, canned beans, and pregrilled vegetables add protein, nutrients, and fiber without raising the temperature. And they're hearty enough to satisfy even the healthiest appetites.

Five Really Good Reasons To Eat Salads

  1. They're high in nutrients. Fresh vegetables are loaded with antioxidants and phytochemicals that help prevent disease.
  2. They're packed with fiber. A cup of beans has 12-16 grams of fiber. Compare that to a slice of whole-wheat bread, with a paltry 2 grams.
  3. They're mostly raw. Cooking food destroys enzymes, and damages many vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients.
  4. They're quick to make. Leaving more time for playing in the sun, or under the summer stars.
  5. They're light. You're showing more skin now. Enough said.

Thai Beef Salad with Spicy Sesame Dressing

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Grilled Vegetable & Basil Leaf Salad with Maytag Blue Cheese

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Tuna, Radish, Green Pea & Frisee Salad with Pistachio Vinaigrette

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Chicken, Spinach & Arugula Salad with Anchovy-Lemon Vinaigrette & Kale Chip Croutons

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Chopped Salad with White Beans & Vegan Chipotle Ranch Dressing

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