#1 Blackened Salmon with Mango Salsa Salad
This salad was a riff on an idea that Heather found on Pinterest and it was absolutely incredible. I topped some salmon with my Homemade Taco Seasoning
and baked it for a blackened salmon flavor. The salad consists of mango, red onion, cherry tomatoes, bell pepper, and parsley tossed in olive oil, lime juice, sea salt, and pepper and served over greens. You can serve the salmon hot and on the side or cold and on top of the salad. Either way will be delicious!
#2 Goat Cheese and Crispy Shallot Salad with herb crusted Pork
This is a variation on one of our all-time favorite salads using what I had on hand at the time. The basic idea for this is to use the crispy shallots that have become one of my favorite salad toppings of all time (And will most likely be a post soon!), creamy goat cheese, some kind of fruit, and some kind of meat. For this salad, I had some kiwi that I diced up and some pork chops that I crusted with herbs and spices and baked. The dressing is a mixture of olive oil, red wine vinegar, orange juice, honey, and thyme.
#3 Full Circle Power Salad
This is the salad featured on my previous post here
and is a really easy and well rounded salad. The dressing is pretty much identical to the dressing from the salad above except with apple cider vinegar instead of red wine vinegar and the recipe is included in the link. For toppings this one has hard-boiled egg, avocado, bell pepper, and gruyere cheese. This gives you a great mix of healthy fats and protein to go with your veggies.
#4 BBQ Chicken Salad
This is a great salad with a southwestern feel. I was lazy for this one and didn’t make my own dressing so we used this delicious greek yogurt ranch instead. For the chicken, I just lightly brushed a couple breasts with bbq sauce and baked them. I also roasted and diced some bell pepper, there are some instructions in the post here
for roasting peppers. The only other toppings were red onion and cherry tomatoes, cheddar or pepper jack cheese would also be amazing on this salad though!
#5 Salmon and Citrus Salad
As you can see in the picture, this is another salad that we used the greek yogurt ranch dressing for. The salmon is brushed with lemon juice, olive oil, dried oregano, sea salt, and black pepper and baked. The other toppings are segmented oranges, orange bell pepper, and avocado. Segmented oranges are so delicious and great for salads but they do take a bit of time and some knife skills to prepare.
#6 Summer Tri-tip Salad
Tri-tip beef roasts cooked out on the grill are a summer tradition where I grew up. So I have come to love them and equate them with summer time. For this salad, I used some of the leftover meat and thinly sliced it to top the salad. Then I added pepperoni, bell pepper, raspberries, and tomatoes and topped it with some cheddar cheese. The dressing for this salad was a simple vinaigrette made with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, sea salt and black pepper.
#7 Salmon and Crispy Shallot Salad
The crispy shallots return in this simple and healthy salad. This salad is topped with an easy herb seasoned baked salmon filet, amazing crispy shallots, tangerines, and bell peppers. Giving it a nice mix of sweet, tangy, and savory flavors and a good variety of textures. I used the same apple cider vinegar dressing from the Full Circle Power Salad above.
#8 Caprese Salad
Caprese Salad is an old classic and we even wrote a post about it here
. It can be served in a number of ways though and in true salad form here it was absolutely amazing. This was one of the most addictive and tasty salads I have ever had and it was surprisingly simple. It’s just fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, and roma tomatoes served over mixed greens. I tossed the greens in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, minced garlic, sea salt and black pepper. That’s it, it’s a simple classic but it was so good that Heather and I both wanted seconds!