Summer Salad Suggestions

Build a better salad! 5 super-easy steps

Topping ideas and tips galore

A healthy and tasty green salad is a snap to make — no recipe required.

All you need is a bowl of fresh, tender greens from your local grocer or farmer’s market. And from there, let a little creativity and your taste buds be your guide.

What you choose to add gives your salad the color, crunch and flavor that makes it an amazing appetizer — or a magnificent meal in itself.

Salad up like a chef

Light and luscious? Colorful and crunchy? Satisfying and sweet? Use this flexible formula to put together a salad that’s all your own and brimming with goodness.

  1. Begin with a mix of leafy greens

    You can’t go wrong with greens — but darker generally means more nutrients. Good choices include red leaf lettuce, arugula, romaine and spinach. Thin slices of radicchio can add color and crunch.

  2. Add a variety of colorful veggies

    Different colors bring different nutrients. So mix smooth slices of dark red beets and orange-red tomatoes with chunky florets of green broccoli and white cauliflower. Shredded red onion provides a crisp tang — while corn brings the sweet taste of summer.

  3. Flavor with fruit

    It’s not a must — but you can also give your salad a sweet touch. Dot your creation with cherries, grapes, strawberries, dried cranberries or pomegranate seeds.

    Chef tip:

    Fruit and cheese play wonderfully together. Add a little crumbled low-fat feta or blue cheese to enjoy this pleasing pairing.

  4. Make it a meal

    Pump up the protein for a nourishing main dish. Toss in some skinless chicken, sliced boiled egg, low-fat cottage cheese, cubed fat-free mozzarella, tofu or canned tuna.* Or add black beans, chickpeas or kidney beans for substance and protein. Whole grains, such as barley, quinoa and wild rice, make great and hearty additions too.

  5. Dress lightly

    Go easy on the dressing. Drizzle it over your salad to add flavor while letting the other ingredients shine through. A tablespoon or two per serving is plenty.

    Chef tip:

    Almost every salad is improved with added crunch. Sprinkle on unsalted walnuts, almonds, pistachios or soy nuts. Toast them first for extra flavor.

What to do next

Get some inspiration and practice before you go freestyle with your salad making. 
Try one of our tasty salad recipes.

Subscribe to our newsletter

Want to receive our e-newsletter? Subscribe to Healthy Mind Healthy Body® today.

  • If you are a new member, register on myuhc.com® to begin getting the newsletter.
  • If you've already registered on myuhc.com, log into your account and update your Subscriptions in the Account Settings section.