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12 The Best Summer Salads from Only-Salad-For-Lunch Week

12 The Best Summer Salads from Only-Salad-For-Lunch Week
These pictures increase my determination to eat more salads!! Do you remember last year I started "Only Salad for Lunch" Challenge? I mostly posted one salad every day during that time with grocery list and budget to buy everything before-hand. Don't kill me if tell you that salad and grocery list, all I posted on ChefDeHomeTestKitchen.com. Well... ChefDeHome was not ready for these posts back then. So, I posted recipes for salad here and challenge details and progress on chefdehometestkitchen.com. I know!! A lot of hard work. First, make a salad, then add recipe here, then update challenge progress and recipe details on TestKitchen. But utterly rewarding!! Believe me! Online challenge was for a week-only but I continued it for a month and collected a lot of salad recipes during that time. I am sharing with you 12 of THE BEST salads from that bouquet here. Enjoy making'em and stay healthy. Let me know if you would like an another 7 or 14 days Salad-for-lunch week this year too?
Cherry Tomatoes, Artichoke, Edamame Salad with Goat Cheese, Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette

Cherry Tomatoes, Artichoke, Edamame Salad with Goat Cheese, Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette

This salad has all of my favorite ingredients cherry tomatoes, artichoke, edamame and last not the least cilantro-lime vinaigrette. Each of these ingredients played an important role in making this salad superb in taste and texture. A healthy and filling lunch salad with perfect balance of sweet, sour and...

Pear and Asparagus Salad with Walnuts and Goat Cheese

Pear and Asparagus Salad with Walnuts and Goat Cheese

New Year comes with lots of motivation and determination to get healthy, loose few extra pounds gained dinning for all holiday comforting foods. But my new year resolution does not last very long. :( Even though I don't start eating heavy meals but I lack in motivation to get up and exercise. On those lazy...

Greek-Style Chickpea and Cucumber Salad

Greek-Style Chickpea and Cucumber Salad

I love chickpea salad in all Greek eateries. I always made it at home, used best ingredients possible, even cooked chickpeas at home instead of canned chickpeas but salad never tasted the same until I found the secret ingredient that takes greek chickpea salad to a whole new level. It makes it aromatic and...

Fennel and Apple Salad with Grapefruit Vinaigrette

Fennel and Apple Salad with Grapefruit Vinaigrette

Very simple yet elegant winter salad with floral and crunchy fennel root and sweet golden delicious apples. I loved the contrast of grapefruit with sweet apples. This is a perfect diet salad, fibrous but without heavy dousing of dressings. I enjoy such salads for lunch, especially after devouring rich holi...

Split Gram Garden Salad with Mustard-Lime Vinaigrette

Split Gram Garden Salad with Mustard-Lime Vinaigrette

Chana Dal Or Bengal Split Gram Lentil is one of my favorite among wide variety of lentils cooked and eaten in India. Its texture and capability to hold its shape when cooked, makes it - a dal of choice, for salads and cold sides. Also, dried Split Gram Lentils are high in protein and low in fat, containing...

Red Quinoa and Apple Salad

Red Quinoa and Apple Salad

I always stock Quinoa for making salads towards the end of week. You know we only buy groceries once in two weeks and by the end of week 2, my refrigerator is fairly empty. All that left is apples, root vegetables like radish, fresh turmeric, ginger, beet roots, variety of potatoes, carrots and sometimes f...

Grilled Sweet Peppers and Pear Salad

Grilled Sweet Peppers and Pear Salad

Sweet pears and grilled sweet pepper with peppery spring mix; this salad is perfect for a lite and healthy summer lunch.This salad is by-far one of my favorite thing to serve on side with grilled meats. Whenever we are grilling some meat or chicken for dinner or weekend lunch, I also marinate some veggies...

Summer Peaches and Black-eyed Peas Salad

Summer Peaches and Black-eyed Peas Salad

It’s summer’s last hurrah (last long weekend) and a perfect time to celebrate summer fruits and veggies. At this special time of year, tomatoes & peaches are everywhere we turn, piled up in farmers’ market stands and spotlighted on all the restaurant menus. So we thought to celebrate this special day with...

Melon Walnut Salad with Lite Lemon Dressing

Melon Walnut Salad with Lite Lemon Dressing

Lets us start Monday with some fresh and lite salad. This simple 5 ingredient salad has juicy melon, healthy greens, and crunch of heart-healthy walnuts.This is my first salad towards- Only Salad for Lunch Week aka Green Week. I thought with starting with something easy, fresh and refreshing so that we ca...

Kiwi, Apple & Blood Orange Salad with Basil Sprouts

Kiwi, Apple & Blood Orange Salad with Basil Sprouts

This is one of easiest and most scrumptious and healthy salad you ever put in your mouth. All of the ingredients in this yumm and gorgeous looking salad are super fruits, good for eye health, immune system and much more. All-in-all, a power-packed lite salad, perfect for diet lunch or side lunch with grill...

Israeli Couscous Salad with Crunchy Celery and Sweet Grapes

Israeli Couscous Salad with Crunchy Celery and Sweet Grapes

My great grandma always made hand-rolled wholewheat and semolina pasta (small noodles like pasta) at home. Whenever I eat Israeli Couscous, it reminds me of those delicious noddles. We often ate that pasta in dessert, simmered in milk, sugar and nuts low and slow. Super yummy!! Nothing can match that taste...

Ruby Red Apples, Plum and Cherry Tomatoes Salad

Ruby Red Apples, Plum and Cherry Tomatoes Salad

Ruby Red Apple, Plum and Cherry Tomatoes Salad has red delicious juicy plums, sweet cherry tomatoes and apples with crunch of walnuts. Plant pigments that provide deep color for fruits and vegetables are also considered excellent for human health. So enjoy max health benefit with least effort and do not fo...

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  1. @Vicky, I have not planned that yet. But whenever I start Salad Challenge, I will update on facebook and also in newsletter. Please follow me on facebook for quick update. Also, I am working on a cookbook with all kind of salads, I am sure you will love it!
  2. :) when are you planning to start new salad challenge?
  3. @Vicky Chan thank you!! Salads are my favorite too. Easy, fun, ready in not time and healthy!!
  4. Count me in! I am all for salads all day. I came looking for your Basil Sprouts and Kiwi Salad from G+. You have good collection of salads, I will love to try a lot of them.