Summer Salads

Gina Ruskie, RD- Nutrition & Health Manager, Unilever

Summer is the perfect time to try to increase your veggie and fruit intake with refreshing salads! Salads are not just for those dieting and definitely do not need to be boring! Check out these tips and salad recipes for something different to change up your normal routine!
  • Blushing Cranberry & Pear Turkey Salad
    • Choose a mix of lettuces or dark leafy greens for the base of your salad as these tend to contain the highest amount of nutrients.  This salad contain a mix of romaine and spinach leaves. 
    • If eating a salad for a meal, try to always include a source of protein to keep you more satisfied, whether it is turkey (which this recipe encourages) or chicken, fish, steak or beans.
  • Tropical Pineapple-Carrot Salad
    • In order to absorb fat-soluble vitamins such as Vitamin A, D, E & K from the foods we eat, we need to consume fat with them. Therefore, make sure you are pairing your salad with an oil-based dressing/topping such as mayonnaise used in this recipe, in order to increase the absorption of the nutrients. Just make sure you monitor the portion size of dressing/topping that you use!
    • Salads don’t always have to be just veggies! Fruit can be great in salads due to their natural sweetness. This easy recipe is a combination of pineapple, raisins and carrots that can be eaten as a side dish or even a snack.
  • Creamy Citrus, Berry & Jicama Salad 
    • Nuts and seeds can be a great addition to add some crunch to any salad like the toasted almonds in this recipe, while also providing you with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats that your body needs. 
    • Having troubles getting more fruit in your diet? This salad could help as it encourages strawberries, blueberries, and oranges!
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