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Seven Summer Salads

Okay so here are the facts:

It’s hot out. Really hot out.

You spent last night eating ice cream straight out of the carton while watching recaps of Olympic gymnastics. You may have also watched recaps of the 1996 Olympic gymnastics. You may also have watched an entire documentary on Dominique Moceanu on YouTube.

Oh, you did this, too? What a coincidence!

Here are a couple of my absolute favorite salad recipes. From my hot kitchen to your hot kitchen. I can’t promise they will give you Olympic gymnastic skills, but I like to think it’s a step in the right direction.

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad. So healthy and filling! I can practically feel the back handsprings now.

Wheat Berry Salad with Smoked Mozzarella and Corn. So chewy and full of cheese, too. What’s not to love?

Grilled Peach, Chicken and Goat Cheese Salad with Honey Balsamic Dressing. I don’t know what the best part of this salad is….the juicy grilled peaches, the creamy goat cheese or the fact that the chicken involves zero cooking time (since you buy it rotisserie-style from the store!). Amen.

Kale Salad with Avocado, Oranges and Almonds….to which I affectionately refer to as the “detox” salad and stuff my face with after a rather long weekend filled with yummies. You should, too.

Quinoa, Corn and Lentil Salad. A blast from the past (original recipe was created back in 2010), but still so good. And you’ll build big muscles from all the protein! Perfect for gymnasts in training. Or just you after your neighborhood walk.

Whole Wheat Mediterranean Pasta Salad. I ate this salad approximately 93430 times in college and never grew sick of it. It’s a keeper!

Spicy Crunchy Asian Slaw. Your new favorite coleslaw recipe…without all that mayonnaise. Highly addictive and….very crunchy!

Go team!

 

 

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41 Comments

  • Reply
    Michelle @ Eat Move Balance
    August 2, 2012 at 4:04 am

    I love all salads–this is an awesome collection. The first on my list to try is the crunch asian slaw!

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    Kristen @ notsodomesticated
    August 2, 2012 at 4:14 am

    I remember seeing the kale salad before, and I thought it looked delicious. I really need to try it a-sap!

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    Molly @ RDexposed
    August 2, 2012 at 5:03 am

    Perfect. I was just thinking that I need to get some major greens action back to dinner.

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    Coco @ Opera Girl Cooks
    August 2, 2012 at 5:10 am

    These look great, Jenna. Quinoa salads are a summer favorite of mine, so light and refreshing! I often add diced up raw zucchini — it’s a great way to use up a zucchini crop gone wild, and is a really hydrating food in the summer.

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    Sarah
    August 2, 2012 at 5:19 am

    These look yummy! There’s nothing like the Olympics to make me want to eat healthier. And also take up swimming because my, oh, my, those swimmers look good. I bet they don’t feel any guilt about dessert.

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    August 2, 2012 at 5:24 am

    All so fabulous and colourful! Salads are my go-to summer meal and I never get bored because there are SO many different things you can do with them. Thanks for reminding me about the wheat berries I have sitting up in my pantry…. time to put ’em to use!

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    Amanda
    August 2, 2012 at 5:33 am

    We’ve been eating the corn, tomato, mozzarella salad non-stop. So good. Also, I have very fond memories of the 1996 Olympics as well!! The gymnastics and overall coverage of the games seemed so much more exciting then!

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    jenna
    August 2, 2012 at 5:34 am

    these look wonderful.

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    Bianca
    August 2, 2012 at 5:44 am

    You kid, but this is pretty much exactly what I did last night. Though I was searching Shannon Miller.

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      Amy
      August 2, 2012 at 7:15 am

      Ha, me too! And Kim Zmeskal (my fave) and Betty Okino (her beam routines were especially beautiful). I stayed up waaay too late going down the youtube rabbit hole.

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    Heather
    August 2, 2012 at 5:48 am

    Thanks for all of the salad recipes, Jenna! I have been eating at least one salad a day. Nothing beats cool salads on a hot summer’s day or night!!

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    Nicole
    August 2, 2012 at 6:02 am

    Love seeing these older recipes mixed in – your photography skills have gotten so good! Isn’t it fun to look back at old posts and see the growth you’ve had??

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    August 2, 2012 at 6:09 am

    Great ideas for HOT days (or days when you just can’t be bothered with anything more elaborate!)

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    Devon | the food bitch blog
    August 2, 2012 at 6:28 am

    Speaking of the 1996 Olympics… Shannon Miller lives in my town & I totally geeked out when meeting her recently. Yeah. Total fan girl here.

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    amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    August 2, 2012 at 6:45 am

    Yes! I’m loving this post…especially all of those delightful quinoa recipes. I’d better go shopping…must start making.these.now!

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    Courtney @ Brussel Sprouts and Beer
    August 2, 2012 at 6:54 am

    Yumm…all of these salads look AMAZING! It has been extremely hot here and the last thing you want to do is have the hot oven baking something for dinner. Thanks for sharing!

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    Becky
    August 2, 2012 at 7:23 am

    I love salads! The whole wheat pasta salad look delightful!

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    Margarita
    August 2, 2012 at 7:53 am

    I don’t have a TV, so no Olympics coverage in this household… Super lame! But you have convinced me to start digging up YouTube for some action. These salads all look awesome! I really wanna try grilled peaches soon!

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    Michelle
    August 2, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Totally watched the recap of Kerri Strug’s one-legged vault this morning! It feels like so, so long ago (probably because it was…). Quinoa salads fresh from the fridge are beautiful on these hot summer nights!

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    Carissa
    August 2, 2012 at 8:40 am

    I recently made the Asian Slaw for a family picnic. I forgot the peanuts in my rush out the door, but people still enjoyed it. We came home & had leftovers with peanuts on it – WOW! they really put it over the top!

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    Beverly Aragon
    August 2, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Dominique Moceanu!!! I’m reading her memoir, Off Balance, right now. Loving it!

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    Cait's Plate
    August 2, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Love, love, love! Awesome post ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Julia H. @ Going Gulia
    August 2, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Thanks for reposting these! I hadn’t seen that Quinoa, Corn, & Lentil salad before, and those are three ingredients I have been LOVING lately…right up my alley!

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    Deanna
    August 2, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Totally YouTubed that Kerry Strug vault vid yesterday. GETS ME EVERY TIME!

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    Marisa E
    August 2, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Yes, yes, YES!!! Totally did the same the other night! Dominiqie Moceanu and I watched a documentary (all 5 parts of it) of the Magnificent Seven…I couldn’t stop myself. Hahaha!!

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    Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    August 2, 2012 at 11:25 am

    This is perfect! I have been living off salads because they are the only thing that sounds good. I’ll have hot food all winter. Bring on the cold stuff!

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    joelle (on a pink typewriter)
    August 2, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Love these! I’ve been a big quinoa salad fan this summer- SO good!

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      joelle (on a pink typewriter)
      August 2, 2012 at 11:35 am

      P.S. I may or may not have dressed as an Olympic gymnast and did a book report on the Dominique Moceanu autobiography after watching the ’96 Olympics back in the day..

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        jenna
        August 2, 2012 at 11:43 am

        a book report!! yes!

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    kim@hungryhealthygirl
    August 2, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    All of the salads look so delicious and I totally get your obsession with the Olympics, particularly women’s gymnastics. Kerry Strug’s vault always makes me want to cry too.

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    Lauren
    August 2, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Creepy…because I actually did the same thing (that is…sit on my couch while watching the 2012 Olympic gymnasts while simultaneously watching YouTube clips of Dominique Moceanu and the magnificent Seven…). I got made fun of by my husband but you are making me feel better about these awesome life choices ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Carolyn
    August 2, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Can’t wait to try some of these, Jenna. I’ve just totally been loving your blog lately – such inspiring and fun recipes, trip ideas, book reviews … I look forward to reading every morning : ) Let me know if you make it to Minnesota on your book tour!

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      jenna
      August 2, 2012 at 6:28 pm

      aww thank you so much, Carolyn!

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    Alicia
    August 2, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Wow! What great inspiration for the kinds of food to be eating in August. The grilled peach salad looks particularly beautiful.

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    Jessica
    August 2, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Those salads look yummy!

    ….wait, there’s a Dominque Moceanu documentary on You Tube? *grabs popcorn and settles in*

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    Lori @ RecipeGirl
    August 2, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    They all look fabulous! Yeah…, I’ve been munching on Olympic-watching ice cream too ๐Ÿ™‚

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    UT
    August 4, 2012 at 4:17 am

    Just tried the Quinoa, Lentil and Corn salad, but added some lime juice, cilantro and crispy, fried onions. Yum! Thanks for the great recipes. Plan to try out all of them soon.

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    Kenzie E
    August 7, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Peaches on a salad, amazing. Any fruit really! Love salads in the summer because its “light” and doesn’t make you want to throw on a sweatshirt and hide under a blanket ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    dcerosion
    August 23, 2012 at 2:37 am

    They all look fabulous!
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    @dressesau
    August 28, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Those salads look yummy!

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