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12 Salad Recipes For This Summer

12 Salad Recipes For This Summer

1. Easy Summer Salad with Fresh Herbs, Peaches, and Corn

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    With heirloom tomatoes, peaches, and herbs like basil and fresh mint, this salad is a refreshing burst of seasonal colors and flavors. The easily accessible ingredients and the minimum assembly time is sure to make this summer salad a regular on your menu.

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    2. Pomegranate Summer Salad

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      Tossed with a creamy, sweet, and slightly tart salad dressing, this pomegranate-studded summer salad has a Greek touch to it. Fried cheese, nuts, and mushrooms add great texture and crunch.

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      3. Spanish Ham Salad with Melons and Figs

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        Fresh, tasty, and gorgeous, this summer salad combines black mission figs, Charentais melon and Spanish ham. Sprinkle some basil leaves and drizzle a couple tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil to serve this energizing salad.

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        4. Polish Summer Soba Salad

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          Japanese soba noodles are made from buckwheat. In this inventive summer salad, soba noodles are combined with celery-seed-dusted roasted beets, scallion greens, English cucumbers, and roasted walnuts. Cooked white beans add more nutritional value while ensuring that the salad is a satisfying meal by itself.

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          5. Spicy Cabbage Slaw

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            Habanero peppers can be used to spice up this tasty salad of finely shredded Savoy cabbages, grated carrots, and thinly sliced red onions. Jalapeño peppers are the best option for a milder version.

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            6. Grilled Cheese Curd Panzanella

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              Heirloom tomatoes flavored with garlic and basil, crunchy bread cubes, and grilled cheese curds combine to form a stunning salad.

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              7. Salsa-meets-Salad

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                Avocados, cherry tomatoes, English cucumbers, red peppers, and fresh cilantro are marinated overnight in lime juice along with black beans and cooked corn.  Great for weight loss, this salad has plenty of fiber and protein. A serving of this salad is less than 300 calories.

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                8. Summer Salad with Green Herb Dressing

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                  Boiled eggs, crispy grilled salmon, roasted sourdough bread chunks, and cooked green beans are tossed in a green aromatic dressing made of anchovies, sun-dried tomatoes, basil leaves, parsley, chives, and garlic.

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                  9. Creamy Summer Pasta Salad

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                    Ideal for a light meal or the perfect side dish for a barbeque, this creamy and tangy pasta salad has broccoli florets and sliced black olives. The broccoli should be cooked only long enough to soften the crunch and brighten its color. You can add it to the boiling pasta water for the last 30 seconds or you can just zap it in the microwave for a minute.

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                    10. Pretty Checks Summer Salad

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                      A pretty and colorful salad with cubes of watermelon, heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado, and radish dressed with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Garnish with a sprinkling of coriander seeds and chopped fresh herbs like cilantro, basil, and chives.

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                      11. Summer Shrimp Salad with Avocado

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                        This healthy and delicious summer salad uses crispy Iceberg lettuce, avocado, shrimps, and pistachios. Slightly bitter extra virgin olive oil is recommended in the dressing to balance the sweetness of the avocado. One serving of this light and crunchy salad is just 140 calories.

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                        12. Southern Tuna Macaroni Salad

                        A macaroni salad should never be dry. This creamy salad with elbow macaroni has chopped hard-boiled eggs, tuna flakes, diced celery, green bell pepper cubes, sliced onion, and mayonnaise. Stirring in the sweet relish and dill relish adds amazing flavor to this recipe. Season with salt and pepper according to your taste. Spread in a casserole dish and garnish with parsley and paprika.  The bell pepper, onion and celery add a nice crunch in contrast to the creaminess of the mayonnaise. Chill for a minimum of two hours before serving. Refrigerating overnight really allows the flavors to blend together.The eggs and tuna make this a protein-rich salad.

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                        Last Updated on December 9, 2019

                        5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                        5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                        Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

                        Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

                        Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

                        1. Get Rationally Optimistic

                        Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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                        This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

                        In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

                        The result: no more mental stress.

                        2. Unplug

                        Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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                        How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

                        It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

                        Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

                        3. Easy on the Caffeine

                        Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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                        Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

                        4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

                        That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

                        How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

                        • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
                        • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
                        • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

                        While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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                        5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

                        This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

                        The result: mental stress will be gone!

                        So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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