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Three Ideas For Adding Fruit To Your Salads

Posted: 08/05/2012 12:26 pm

I find it sad when some restaurants still consider a pile of lettuce with a few slices of cucumbers and tomatoes a salad. When I make salads at home, I like to incorporate different types of greens with in-season produce, and often add protein in forms of chicken, tofu of beans.

I also love adding fruit to my salads. Of course tomato is technically a fruit, but here I'm talking about things such as strawberries, peaches and cherries. The three salads below can be served either as an appetizer or a main course: it all depends on how hungry you are.

So think outside of the box and add a bit of natural sweetness to your salads with fruit.

Poached Salmon with Spinach, Strawberries and Olives Salad combines the good-for-you salmon with salty olives, sweet strawberries and a bit of bite from the spinach. The salmon can be served hot or at room temperature. How can you resist this pretty combination of colors?

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Adding grilled fruit to summer salads is a fun idea, but if you live in a place without an outdoors space, don't fret. This Grilled Peach Summer Salad uses a panini maker instead of a grill.

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Finally, let the farmers markets, or in my case a visit to a farm, inspire your salads. Right now, strawberries and tomatoes are in season, so why not combine them in this plated Strawberry, Tomato, Basil & Aged Cheddar Salad?

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Please leave a comment and let me know which salad is your favorite and how you incorporate fruit into your own salads.

For more recipes, check out Mango & Tomato.

 

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