We spend a lot of time looking for delicious, trendy and healthy recipes on the Internet.
We come across some amazing resources for simple meals that prove that healthy cooking doesn't have to be expensive – or suck a huge amount of time. And now we want to share it with you!
The gourmet presented in this summary is Ali Ebright by Gimme Some Oven. Here she shares her favorite summer salads, including one that has been in the family for as long as she can remember.
. Crispy Asian Ramen Noodle Salad
Are you looking for a guaranteed home run of a recipe that you can take to a potluck this summer? This modern twist on the old school ramen noodle salad is always a crowd favorite. It is made from all kinds of fresh ingredients and it only takes 10 minutes to prepare.
Pro Tip : If you're a vegan who doesn't use honey, replace it with maple syrup instead.  2. Sunshine Citrus Avocado Salad
Sweet citrus fruits, creamy avocado, crispy onions and roasted nuts combine to form a salad that is so light and aromatic that it can be a starter in itself.
If you happen to be an indoor gardener, this is the perfect excuse to use a few sprigs of basil and mint. You can also throw in dill, parsley and coriander for a good measure.
Pro-Tip : To keep this recipe vegan, choose the maple syrup option for dressing instead of honey (you know, z the bees).
3. Our family's favorite salad
This hearty and delicious salad has been a favorite in our family since my memory. With fresh artichokes, roasted peppers, roasted pine nuts and a heavenly Parmesan vinaigrette, it is always a crowd-puller!
Professional tip : You can make vegan parmesan with cashew nuts, nutritional yeast and garlic powder and sea salt.
4. Seriously delicious detox salad
Now you're really eating the rainbow. Cabbage, kale, broccoli and carrots form the basis of this salad, paired with fresh herbs and almonds for an additional crunch.
Dressing is the magic of this recipe, along with an Asian-inspired combination of carrots and ginger with rice vinegar, miso, and sesame. Make sure you do extra – it's ridiculously good and you'll want to eat it all week.
Pro Tip : Some vegans don't eat honey and others don't, so do it. It's easy enough to let it out of the dressing and, if you wish, replace it with maple syrup or another vegan sweetener.
5. Green Beet, Orange, and Avocado Salad
This recipe was inspired by a recent trip to New Zealand, where I loved the way they topped so many dishes with chopped beetroot (as they call it).
My The kiwi salad is fresh, colorful, easy to prepare and so delicious.
6. Pear salad with Gorgonzola and candied walnuts
Candied walnuts are always a good selling point, as is the bold Gorgonzola cheese in combination with peppery arugula. The juicy pears and the creamy avocado complete the range for a salad that is always just the thing .
If you're not a Gorgonzola fan, you can also use feta cheese or crumbled goat cheese. And even if you don't have time to refine the walnuts with candy, a few minutes in the oven will be enough to highlight their rich taste.
7. Strawberry and avocado spinach salad with poppy seed dressing
Ripe and juicy strawberries belong in everything from cheesecake to smoothies – and this salad is no exception. As difficult as it is not to eat fresh strawberries straight out of the box, do yourself a favor and wait.
You can swap almost anything in this recipe to make it your own: swap spinach for your favorite green, blue cheese for a soft cheese you love, and almonds for any nut you are calling.
There are only two ingredients you should keep. Avocado + strawberry = a match made in heaven. Throw everything with homemade poppy seed dressing and it's a sure crowd puller.
8. My Favorite Apple Spinach Salad
Okay, it's more of a recipe for late summer to early fall, but it's so refreshing that you can really eat it in any season.
Apples and spinach are a classic combination, probably because they are easy to prepare and the flavors mix effortlessly. Cut the apples as thin as possible so that you can add more ingredients to your fork.
Pro-Tip : After throwing all the ingredients into the champagne vinaigrette, wait 15 minutes before serving. This way the flavors have time to mix and settle – it's definitely worth the wait.
9. Kale Caesar Salad
The traditional Caesar gets even better in this delicious recipe with tons of fresh kale, a lightened Caesar lime dressing and simple homemade croutons.
10. Strawberry Cabbage Salad
There is a reason why everyone loves this classic salad: It is quick and easy to prepare and offers sweet and refreshing flavors. Feel free to add protein of your choice too!
11. Strawberry burrata salad with basil vinaigrette
Okay, another strawberry recipe – but are they really getting old? (Not in this household.)
Chilled, creamy burrata cheese is the other reason why this salad is so good, and all the flavors are enhanced by a basil vinaigrette that takes just 5 minutes to make. Don't forget a few black pepper cracks to top it off.
12. Grilled pineapple, chicken and avocado salad
Everything about this salad screams for summer!
Delicious grilled pineapple and chicken, creamy avocado and fresh blueberries, drizzled with a delicious honey-garlic vinaigrette? Turn on the grill and turn it on!
13. Green salad with shrimps and artichokes with lemon vinaigrette
If the idea of another salad sounds oh so boring, this recipe will cure your boredom. Prawns feel chic, but are so easy to prepare: butter, salt and pepper, a little Italian spice and a hot hob.
The lemon vinaigrette keeps it fresh and spicy, while the artichoke hearts and the crushed parmesan add something extra oomph. It is both light and savory, the perfect combination for a summer salad.
14. Tahini Ranch Avocado Chicken Salad
There's a lot going on here, but it only works . The Tahini Ranch really steals the show – it has been repeatedly tested and perfected and is so good that you want to put it on almost anything.
Pro-Tip : For even more flavor with a Mediterranean flair, add sun-dried tomatoes, Kalamata olives and marinated artichoke hearts.
15. Shrimp, avocado and toasted corn salad
I am a big fan of all the flavors in this spicy shrimp salad. Be sure to take a few minutes to roast the corn dry. It makes a big difference!
Summer time and life is easy … especially if you have a few delicious salad recipes up your sleeve. These are sure to be a hit at your next potluck, BBQ or picnic, so bring extra portions with you!
Special thanks to our gourmet Ali Ebright, the exceptional recipe maker and food styling maker behind Gimme Some Oven. To learn more, follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram.