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Summer Entertaining Salads

Written on May 21, 2013 at 12:25 pm , by

Photo courtesy of Dole Salads.

Grilled peaches and goat cheese are mixed into this yummy spinach salad. Photo courtesy of Dole Salads.

By Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD

You know the usual suspects at all the backyard barbeque: burgers, chicken, potato salad, chips and dip. Add a pop of creativity—and health—to your next summer soiree by throwing together a colorful veggie-inspired salad.

With the help of The Dole Taste of Spain Salads, I am posting 31 salad recipes throughout the month of May—enough for a different salad every day. This week, the 7 featured recipes are perfect for summer entertaining and sharing with friends.

Below are salad recipes and some healthy entertaining tips to give your party a punch of flavor, creativity and nutrition. Enjoy!

Spinach Salad with Grilled Peaches & Goat Cheese


ENTERTAINING TIP: Serve grilled fruit in a salad and/or as a dessert with a scoop of fro-yo. Fruits that grill well include peaches, plums, nectarines, pineapple and bananas.
INGREDIENTS

  • 3 peaches, halved and pitted
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 package (6 ounces) DOLE Baby Spinach
  • 6 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Sea salt & black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat grill (or grill pan) over medium heat.
  2. Mist peaches with cooking spray.
  3. Grill peaches flesh side down for 4 minutes (until grill marks appear & they easily come off grill grates).
  4. Flip and grill another 3 minutes (until tender).
  5. Let peaches cool and then cut each peach half into 6 slices.
  6. Toss spinach with vinegar, salt and pepper. Top with peaches, goat cheese and pecans.

Serves 6. Serving size: 1.5 cups. 110 calories and 6g fat per serving.

Here are  more Summer Entertaining Salad recipes. Check back next week for a new round of salads!

Toasted Pita & Bean Salad
ENTERTAINING TIP: Have a vegetarian option for those with special dietary needs. This is a filling veggie-friendly salad for your non-meat eating guests.

Mexican Coleslaw
ENTERTAINING TIP: Serve slaw as a side on its own or as a nutritious & crunchy burger or fish taco topper.

Grilled Smokey Eggplant Salad 
ENTERTAINING TIP: Get your veggies party-ready by dressing them up with flavorful herbs & spices – this salad uses smoky paprika for a Spanish-flare.

Banh Mi Chopped Salad 
ENTERTAINING TIP: Entertain guests with an Asian inspired salad – have chopsticks available for those who want a more interactive & authentic experience.

Tempeh Taco Salad 
ENTERTAINING TIP: Lighten up your fiesta by serving a taco salad instead of tacos. Tempeh is a simple & healthy vegetarian swap for ground beef.

Orzo Salad with Artichoke, Tomato, Red Onion & Capers
ENTERTAINING TIP: Change up your standard pasta salad by swapping to a different pasta shape & vary your veggies. This recipe uses orzo pasta tossed with Mediterranean flavors.

About the Author: Dawn Jackson Blatner, RDN, CSSD is a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified specialist in sports nutrition based in Chicago. She is the author of The Flexitarian Diet. Dawn is working with Dole throughout the month of May to inspire more salad eating.