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6 Summer Salads You'll Actually Crave

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1. Black Bean, Corn & Avocado Salad with Chipotle-Honey Vinaigrette

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With black beans, sweet corn, crisp bell peppers and creamy avocado, this is one of those crowd-pleasing, make-ahead recipes that everyone loves. You can serve it as a side dish, salad or dip. The vinaigrette is similar to the popular smoky-sweet salad dressing served at Chipotle. GET THE RECIPE

2. Strawberry & Orange Salad with Citrus Syrup & Fresh Mint

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This salad is such a nice change of pace from the standard mix of pre-cut fruit from the supermarket. I usually serve it for brunch -- it dresses up the table and pairs well with savory quiche and casserole dishes - but it's also wonderful for dessert served with shortcake and whipped cream. GET THE RECIPE

3. Thai Crunch Salad with Peanut Dressing

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Inspired by the popular Thai Crunch Salad served at California Pizza Kitchen, this salad is made with crisp Napa cabbage, crunchy vegetables and edamame but it's the creamy peanut dressing that makes it so good; I guarantee you'll want to put it on everything! GET THE RECIPE

4. Minted Cucumber Salad

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Refreshing and light, this tangy and sweet cucumber salad satisfies on a hot summer day. It's delicious with BBQ chicken or ribs. GET THE RECIPE

5. Thai Quinoa Salad with Fresh Herbs and Lime Vinaigrette

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This salad is a healthy eater's dream: flavorful, chock-full of protein and veggies, satisfying and low in fat. I usually make it as a light lunch, but you can also serve it alongside other Asian dishes for dinner or make it a meal in itself by adding cooked shrimp, crab or lobster. GET THE RECIPE

6. Grilled Asparagus & Feta Salad

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This is the kind of wholly satisfying dish that makes you wonder if you might possibly be a very happy vegetarian. GET THE RECIPE