6 Tasty Salads to Brighten Up Your Next Outdoor Gathering

Freshen your salad menu with these tasty delights.

Spring. Summer. Fall. Nice weather time is the right time to share food and laughs with family and friends. Check out these 6 tasty salads to brighten up your next outdoor gathering.

Many of us grew up eating party foods that weren’t necessarily good for our bodies. From mayo to white pasta, these legacy recipes were often loaded with calories and unhealthy fat sources. However, these days we better understand nutrition—and the role it plays in helping to lose pounds and maintain a healthy body weight.

That’s what makes these clean-eating recipes a refreshing and welcome change to old party menus. These dishes are full of fresh fruits and veggies, lean protein, and the kind of healthy fats that support weight loss and heart health.

Just as importantly, these tasty salads don’t sacrifice one bit of taste. They’re not weighed down with processed ingredients and additives, so the real flavor of the food shines through, giving you that clean, whole food taste that’s perfect for any gathering with family and friends. Swap out that old party menu and try these delish salads instead.
1. 6-Ingredient Greek Pasta Salad
6-Ingredient Greek Pasta Salad4

Pretty up any summer table with this Mediterranean-inspired salad, which is rich in antioxidants, good-for-you fats, and taste.
2. Avocado & Grape Salad with Walnuts
Avocado & Grape Salad with Walnuts

Say goodbye to boring salads and add yumminess to your outdoor gathering with this delish and unique pairing.
3. Fresh & Hearty Salad
Fresh & Hearty Salad

Garden-fresh ingredients make this a super scrumptious way to enjoy seasonal bounty. Don’t have a garden? This recipe is the perfect excuse to visit your local farmer’s market or stand.

4. Southwestern Quinoa Salad

Southwestern Quinoa Salad

From avocado to cherry tomatoes to cilantro, tasty salads, like this one are filling additions to your get-together.
5. Protein Cobb Salad with Quinoa
Clean-Eating Cobb Salad

The combination of Dijon mustard, lemon, and olive oil create a tangy dressing that’s ideal for summer parties.
6. Fruit Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing
Strawberry Quinoa Salad with Poppyseed Yogurt Dressing

Sweeten your table fare with an upgrade on the traditional fruit platter. Healthy salads like this one, use Greek yogurt as the foundation for a creamy, delicious dressing.

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Amy Wagner

Amy is a writer specializing in health & wellness, business, and entrepreneurship. She's a long-time martial arts teacher who has earned a 4th degree black belt in tae kwon do. When Amy's not writing or kicking, she's wrangling sons, reading fiction, or crushing on BBC actors.

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