When the humidity is high and your desire to cook is non-existent, there’s nothing like digging into one of the following six fresh and healthy summer-inspired salads for dinner. These beauties in a bowl might be crisp, cool summer salads, but they pack a complete meal—with the protein of beans, chicken, prosciutto, shrimp, and egg, fresh veggies, and complex carbohydrates—for a light yet satisfying entrée that won’t have you snacking later on!

So grab a fork and dig in to the fresh taste of summer…

1. Waldorf Salad

The Waldorf salad is such a carefree recipe that screams summer. This crisp, cool mix of celery chopped apples, grapes, and walnuts drizzled with the creamy taste of Miracle whip (you can use light if you’re watching your calories) will please the taste buds of child to adult. They’ll gobble it up without even realizing what they’re noshing is good for them!

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2. Grilled Chicken Orzo Salad

Don’t settle for bland old lettuce when you can make the base of your salad satisfying pasta—in this case orzo is the feature (tiny macaroni-style pasta that forms like large grains of rice). Cooled and combined with lean grilled chicken, fresh veggies, and a spicy Greek vinaigrette dressing.

3. Tortellini Salad with Prosciutto and Spinach

Planning an outdoor picnic or pot luck? This summery tortellini salad is quick to make and quicker to gobble up, blended with fresh baby spinach leaves, piquant prosciutto, creamy ricotta cheese, and a sweet and zesty vinegarette dressing.

4. Thai Herb Salad

A taste of Thai was never so good, but this Asian-inspired salad packs a sweet and sour kick of sweet chilies, lime, and smooth sesame oil drizzled over crispy cool cucumber, fresh coriander, fragrant basil, mellow mint, and succulent shrimp. Add a little sesame seeds and crushed cashews for a satisfying chomp —and voila, summer salad perfection!

5. Garbanzo Bean and Tomato Greek Salad

You might not realize that you can go veggie and still get a gracious daily dose of protein with the chickpea! Yes, the garbanzo bean makes the perfect salad base, when mixed with fresh, chopped basil, colorful peppers, and red onion for a summery, flavorful dinner-ready salad.

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6. Strawberry Goat Cheese and Quinoa Salad

Quinoa is the grain with the highest protein content, and if you’re watching your carbs but still want a more than rabbit food, it makes the ideal base for salad. This particular recipe mixes the fluffy, hearty grain with creamy goat cheese and summer fresh strawberries.

Anna

Anna adores cooking, drinking wine, and listening to records, but she does a lot of yoga to balance things out ;) This explains the black bean brownie disaster of 2007 (don't bring that up). She's noshed in countries like Greece, Turkey, France, Ireland, Costa Rica, and numerous other weird, yummy places that will get her waxing all poetic about her favorite recipes.

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