Fresh summer salads are a great way to add flavor and nutrition to the picnic spread,  all while brightening up the table. Try one of these four fresh ingredient summer salads to fuel your fourth of July.

Family, friends, fireworks– another holiday is here! While many 4th of July celebrations will be filled with traditional favorites, it’s also fun to make something new.  Salads made with fresh, seasonal ingredients are always a big hit, and the brighter the veggies, the more nutrition is packed inside. Here are four fresh ingredient salads to consider for your holiday party or picnic.

Tri-colored Tomato Asparagus

Nothing screams summer salad like fresh produce– and this tri-colored tomato and asparagus salad delivers. The variety of vegetables and herbs fill it with flavor as well as vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytonutrients.

Rainbow Vegetable Slaw Salad

Brighten up the picnic table with this Rainbow Vegetable Slaw Salad. The blend of beets, carrots and zucchini with strawberries creates a colorful combination of unique flavors. The pistachios and red pepper flakes add just enough crunch and heat to balance the flavor of the tangy vinaigrette dressing.

Basic Lentil Salad

Any vegetarian or vegan guests attending the festivities? Packed with protein, this basic lentil salad makes a complete meal for those that avoid animal protein or those trying to incorporate more plant-based protein into their eating plan.  And, while any food has the potential to cause food-borne illness, plant- based proteins are lower risk than animal protein. That makes it a great pick for parties where food is set out for display.

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Healthy Broccoli Salad

For those of you that love tradition, I’m including the famous broccoli salad– but this one is made with a healthy twist. This version has more protein, calcium and even some vitamin D with a lot less sodium and fat. If you’re trying to increase your intake of nourishing foods, but love the traditional broccoli salad, this is a great choice for you.

Looking for sweet treats or other ideas to fuel your holiday? Check out my Pinterest page for other festive food ideas.

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