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20 Refreshing And Delicious Salad Recipes You Need This Summer

20 Refreshing And Delicious Salad Recipes You Need This Summer

Salads are the perfect thing to be eating this summer. Aside from the countless health benefits (lowers risk of developing cancer, aids weight loss) they also offer an abundance of flavor and are easy to make. Thanks to the marvelous World Wide Web, we are no longer stuck with just some lettuce on a plate—there are so many delicious recipes out there. Enjoy!

1. Mango Slaw with Cashews and Mint

Mango Slaw

    What could be more refreshing than some sweet mango and lime in your salad?  With no cooking required, this recipe is simple and delicious.

    2. Superfood Salad

    Superfood salad

      Superfoods are all the rage at the moment, and why wouldn’t they be when you can have your vitamins, minerals and antioxidants all on one plate?  Serve this delicious salad with grilled chicken or fish, and you have yourself one very healthy meal.

      3. Grilled Balsamic Portobello Mushroom & Steak Salad

      Grilled balsamic and portobello steak

        This mouth watering salad is the perfect alternative to a steak sandwich.  With no refined grains and all of the flavor, you’re sure to impress your friends when you whip this one out at your next BBQ.

        4. Green Tabouli

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        Green Tabouli

          This no-fuss recipe will make the perfect addition to your lunch box.  As Chef Teresa Cutter tells us, it’s “full of alkalinising, anti-inflamatory and anti-cancer phytonutrients called sulforaphane that work to support optimum health and protect against disease.”  Plus it tastes delicious!

          5. Classic Greek Salad

          Greek salad

            You can’t go wrong with a classic Greek Salad.  Filled with ingredients everybody loves (tomato, cucumber, onion and olives), this salad is perfect on it’s own or accompanied by your favorite grilled meat.

            6. Avocado Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

            Strawberry-and-Avocado-Spinach-Salad1

              Strawberries in my salad? Yes please! This recipe is extremely simple and is sure to freshen you up on a hot summer day.

              7. Broccoli Salad with Bacon, Raisins, and Cheddar Cheese

              brocolli salad

                I love bacon—even more when it’s combined with sweet and savory flavors in this salad. Make sure you try this perfect combination of broccoli, bacon, raisins and cheese.

                8. Puy Lentil, Spiced Roast Carrot & Feta Salad

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                Lentil salad

                  This salad is the perfect choice if you are looking to increase your fiber and iron intake.  It may take a little longer to prepare, but it’s worth the wait.

                  9. Everyday Green Chopped Salad

                  Everyday green salad

                    Sometimes the simpler the better.  This one from Jamie Oliver is a great way to balance your plate with some greens.  You can make it into a complete meal by adding some grilled chicken, tinned tuna or salmon.

                    10. BLT Chopped Salad with Corn, Feta + Avocado

                    BLT salad

                      This one has my favorite ingredients in it: bacon, feta, avocado and corn.  Tear up some whole-wheat wraps, place them in the oven for a few minutes and the use them to scoop this salad up.  You’ll have a party of flavors in your mouth!

                      11. Pad Thai Salad with Coconut Lime Dressing

                      Pad Thai Salad

                        I can’t wait to try this one. The coconut lime dressing has really got me excited.  The best part about it is that it lasts for about 3 days.  This means you could whip up a batch on a Sunday and then have it for lunch throughout the week.

                        12. Green Goddess Chicken Salad

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                        Green Goddess Chicken Salad

                          Who would have thought a salad could have so much history?  Apparently the green goddess dressing used in this recipe was created in the 1920s as a tribute to an actor. With a mix of mayonnaise, sour cream, herbs, anchovies and lemon, it’s still just as delicious today.

                          13. Fennel and Pear Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette

                          Fennel & Pear salad

                            Here’s another simple yet sophisticated salad that’s perfect for any get-together.  Again, you can make up a batch and have it on hand all week.  So easy and convenient.

                            14. Roasted Sweet Potato, Quinoa and Kale Salad

                            Sweet Potato and Kale

                              Are you hooked on the kale craze?  I certainly am! And with delicious salads like this, it’s easy to see what everyone is raving about.

                              15. Green Garden Salad

                              Green Garden Salad

                                This one is a perfect accompaniment to fish or salmon.  It’s a great way to get your hit of greens and it’s so easy; you can have it ready in less than 5 minutes.

                                16. Mediterranean Rice Salad Recipe

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                                Mediterranean Rice Salad

                                  There are days when a basic salad just won’t cut it, and this is when I love using hearty recipes like this one. With brown rice, spinach leaves, cucumber, onion, olives and pine nuts, its absolutely delicious!

                                  17. Red Cabbage and Apple Salad with Ginger Vinaigrette

                                  Red Cabbage Salad

                                    This one you can have ready in under 20 minutes, and I am loving the combination of apple, cabbage and ginger.  It’s perfect for those days when you feel like something a little sweeter.

                                    18. Nicoise Salad

                                    Nicoise Salad

                                      They say the best salads are the ones you make yourself, and I can not wait to try this one! Make it vegan by replacing the eggs and tuna with cooked cannelloni or broad beans.

                                      19. Cucumber and Baby Pea Salad

                                      Cucumber & Baby Pea Salad

                                        If you’re not a fan of lettuce, this one is perfect for you.  It’s just cucumbers, peas, parsley, basil and tangy yogurt.  Very tasty.

                                        20. Spinach and Smoked Salmon Salad with Lemon-Dill Dressing

                                        Spinach and Smoked Salmon Salad with Lemon-Dill Dressing

                                          Last but certainly not least is one of my favorites.  I can’t get enough of smoked salmon and this one is perfectly combined with spinach leaves, cucumber and dill. Trust me; it was hard to narrow it down to 20.  Check out more here. Making your own salad and not sure what dressing to put on it?  Get inspired here.

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                                          11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

                                          11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

                                          Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

                                          Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

                                          1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

                                          Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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                                          2. Stress Relief

                                          Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

                                          3. Improved Sleep

                                          Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

                                          4. Appetite Control

                                          Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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                                          5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

                                          When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

                                          6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

                                          Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

                                          7. Mosquito Repellant

                                          Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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                                          8. Pain Relief

                                          While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

                                          9. The New Anti-Viral

                                          Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

                                          10. Improved Cognitive Function

                                          Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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                                          11. Money Saving

                                          With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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