A World of Variety: Celebrate National Salad Month with Flavorful Dressings
When people think of salads, they typically think of leafy greens mixed with vegetables and topped with a creamy or acidic dressing. Though there are thousands of ways to make the traditional salad stand out, it is important to remember that salads come in a variety of shapes, sizes and forms. In honor of National Salad Month this May, let’s look at the many ways to dress up your favorite fruits and vegetables this spring and summer.
ADD YOUR FAVORITE PASTA
Pasta salads can be the perfect side dish for a barbecue or cookout. By adding rotini or farfalle to a bowl of cucumbers, tomatoes or onions and topping with your favorite protein, a pasta salad is a satisfying and flavorful addition to any meal. The best part? Mixing in a rich blue cheese or tangy Italian dressing. Try out this Bleu Cheese & Beef Pasta Salad or this Mediterranean Tuna Salad to spice up your salad game.
SWAP IN SOME FRUIT
Nothing can help beat the summer heat like fresh fruit. Fruit salads are not only packed with vitamins and minerals but are equally delicious as they are healthy. Cut the sweetness by adding a zesty raspberry vinaigrette or poppy seed dressing. This Tropical Fruit Salad or this Zesty Watermelon Salad are colorful and refreshing options.
MIX IN SOME MAYONNAISE
A main ingredient in many lunch staples, mayonnaise can add a creamy texture to any dish. One of the most popular mayonnaise-based creations is chicken salad. Chicken salad can be placed on a bed of fresh lettuce or put on a sandwich for a crisp pressed panini. Check out this recipe for California Chicken Salad for a unique twist or try this Chicken Salad Panini for a classic take on the meal.
STICK WITH TRADITION
Although these unique salad variations sound delicious, sometimes a classic salad is all you need to satisfy your cravings. Whether a bed of greens is topped with balsamic vinaigrette, green goddess or thousand island, dressings and sauces elevate any meal.
Explore our extensive library of recipes for ideas on how you can celebrate National Salad Month this May and beyond.