Sunshine Salad: A Perfect Side Dish for Summer

Sunshine Salad: A Perfect Side Dish for Summer


There are refreshing and healthy summer salad recipes that fit all occasions, whether for big family gatherings or simple dinners at home, Teresa Henson, Extension specialist-program outreach coordinator for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences, said.

“For a summertime feel, consider serving this salad at summer picnics,” she said. “Oranges help brighten up this tasty and easy-to-prepare veggie salad. Top it off with your favorite vinaigrette dressing to add a hint of flavor.”

Makes 5 servings


5 cups spinach leaves (packed, washed, and dried well) 
1/2 red onion (sliced thin) 
1/2 red pepper (sliced) 
1 cucumber (whole, sliced) 
2 oranges (peeled and chopped into bite-size pieces) 
1/3 cup vinaigrette dressing (“lite,” around 15 calories per tablespoon or less) 


Toss all ingredients together in a large bowl. Add dressing and toss again. Serve immediately.

Source: What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl.


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