Monika is sharing her three favorite and refreshingly sweet and savory summer salads.

Now that summer is here cool off with three of my favorite go-to summer salads. Not only are they effortless to make, but they are also healthy, refreshing, vegetarian friendly, and most of all delicious.

Watermelon Salad

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This recipe is by no means unique but it’s probably my favorite watermelon recipe out there – it’s the perfect balance between the sweetness of the watermelon combined with the savory feta cheese and tart lemon juice that gives this summer salad its bold taste.

  • Cold chunked up watermelon
  • Add feta cheese (preferred amount)
  • Juice of one whole lemon
  • Add some freshly chopped mint leaves
  • Lightly sprinkle some kosher salt
  • Mix and enjoy

Garbanzo Beet Salad

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This salad is crunchy and filling especially for a vegetarian because it’s full of protein thanks to the garbanzos and tastes even better after a couple of days in the fridge.

  • 1 can of low sodium garbanzos
  • 1 cup of frozen chopped beets
  • ½ cup of chopped red onion
  • 5 chopped up radishes
  • Juice of one whole lemon
  • Handful of cilantro
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • A dash of red pepper flakes

Spinach, Fruit, Blue Cheese & Walnut Salad

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If you couldn’t tell already – I love the sweet and savory combo. This salad gets you your fortified greens along with sweet summer fruits such as peaches and strawberries, the creaminess of a good blue cheese along with crunchy walnuts or almonds that make this salad an easy go-to lunch or snack.

  • 1 bag of fresh spinach (washed)
  • Sliced ripe and ready to eat peaches
  • Ripe and ready to eat sweet strawberries
  • Add 2 oz. of a good creamy, crumbly blue cheese
  • Add a handful of walnuts
  • Dressing: Keep it simple or add your favorite poppyseed dressing to add a pop of flavor.

All these salads are perfect for summer including the 4th of July holiday weekend to add to any BBQ. What's even better is that all salads can easily be substituted with your favorite fruits, cheeses, or even proteins but one thing's for sure - you will be eating clean, delicious, and healthy.