summer salad recipes

5 Fresh summer salads by Latina chefs you need to try! 

Incorporate more plant-based dishes into your diet this summer with these fresh summer salad recipes by Latina chefs and food bloggers! 

The summer months are often associated with BBQ-ing and outdoor fiestas or family picnics in the park. It’s hard for some to think of summer without grilling and meat-filled dishes, especially for Latinos who pride themselves on their asados. However, incorporating more plant-based dishes into our diets has many health benefits. 

Statistically, Latinos are more likely to suffer from heart disease. On average,  Hispanic women are likely to develop heart disease 10 years earlier than non-Hispanics, according to data from Go Red for Women. While there are many factors that contribute to developing these issues, such as genetics, diet also plays a big part. By reducing one’s consumption of red meat and incorporating more plant-based dishes one can lower the risk of developing heart disease and other health issues. 

So today we are sharing some fresh summer salad recipes by Latina chefs. These salads will make the perfect addition to any family meal, or enjoy them on their own!

Rich in flavors and a variety of seasonal vegetables, these salads will keep you satisfied and healthy all summer long. 

Mexican Quinoa Salad

This summer salad recipe combines quinoa, black beans, corn, and tomatoes with a tangy lime vinaigrette. Fresh, light, and flavorful, you can serve it as a side for picnics, potlucks, and barbecues or enjoy all on its own!

Southwest Chicken Salad

Chili lime marinated chicken, cilantro lime dressing, and a heap of veggies come together to make this hearty and savory summer salad recipe. Enjoy this salad for a quick lunch or a healthy summertime dinner! 

Broccoli Crunch Salad

This crunchy summer salad recipe is perfect for when you want your veggies and your fruits, all in one tangy, crunchy bite. Combining broccoli florets, celery, red onion, diced apples, cashews, almonds, and dried cranberries, this salad packs a tangy punch full of crunch to give you a fresh and satisfying meal for those hot summer days! 

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Mexican Street Corn Salad

This corn salad takes all the elements of the popular smoky, sweet corn and combines them into a warm, easy-to-eat salad perfect for a side dish. Grilled corn comes together with juicy cherry tomatoes and spicy jalapeños drizzled with a dressing made with avocado oil, lime juice, hot sauce, seasoning salt, and chili seasoning. This perfect blend of flavors encapsulates the feeling of eating authentic Mexican street corn, all in a healthy, fresh summer salad. 

Chipotle Chicken Salad 

This hearty summer salad is a fresh take on traditional Cobb salad. Made with spicy chicken, creamy avocado, tart berries and sweet roasted corn, drizzled in a fresh, light, and tangy lemon vinaigrette this salad “oozes summer.” Try it at your next picnic or family barbeque! 

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  • Victoria Arena is a writer and student, passionate about writing, literature, and women's studies. She is bilingual, fluent in both English and Spanish. In 2017, she received her Associates in Fine Arts for Creative Writing from Brookdale Community College. Now, she is working toward her Bachelor's in English Literature at Montclair State University. Along with literature, Victoria is interested in Gender and Sexuality Studies, which she is pursuing as a minor, focusing closely on women's issues, gender inequality, and LGBT issues. These studies provide her with a feminist lens, which influences her work from both fiction to academic writings.

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