Great Salads For Summer Or Any Season

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Great salads are perfect for anytime of the year. But they are especially perfect for hot summer days. These recipes will make your days easier during the summer or any season. Lemony Fruit Salad is quick, easy, yet makes a lovely presentation and is great for picnics, pitch-in meals, pool parties, etc. The Quick and Easy Tuna and Greens Salad is great as a quick entree salad for luncheons or other occasions. Another good entree salad is the Thai Beef Salad.

LEMONY FRUIT SALAD

3 cups assorted fruit
1/2 cup Miracle Whip style salad dressing or mayonnaise
1/2 cup lemon flavored low-fat yogurt
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup shredded coconut

Combine the salad dressing and the yogurt. Stir to blend well. In a serving bowl, combine the assorted fruit, pecans, and coconut. Pour the dressing over the top of the fruit mixture. Toss gently to combine.

QUICK AND EASY TUNA AND GREENS SALAD

1 bag (12-oz) mixed salad greens
1 small cucumber, sliced thin
1 cup fresh steamed green beans (or 1 can whole green beans, drained)
1 cup grape tomatoes
12-oz can tuna, drained
1/2 cup feta cheese
1/2 cup ripe olives
Your favorite vinaigrette

Combine all ingredients, except vinaigrette, in a large salad bowl. Drizzle with vinaigrette. Serve with whole wheat crackers or a crusty bread.

QUICK AND EASY THAI BEEF SALAD

1 bag (16-oz) coleslaw mix
1 small cucumber, thinly sliced
1/3 cup rice vinegar
3 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp sugar
2 tsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
3/4 lb thick sliced deli roast beef
fresh mint chopped, if desired for garnish
fresh chopped cilantro, if desired for garnish

In a large salad bowl, combine coleslaw mix and cucumber.

In a small saucepan, combine vinegar, oil, sugar, and soy sauce. Bring mixture to a boil. Pour boiling dressing over the coleslaw mixture and toss to coat thoroughly.

Cut beef crosswise into strips. Add to coleslaw mixture and toss to combine. Top with garnishes, if desired.

Note: This salad is also a good salad for diabetics. This recipe divided into 4 servings contains 19 g carbs and 17 g protein per serving.

Enjoy!