Celebrate Summer with Salad

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Looking for a quick, nutritious meal this summer that won’t break the bank? If fast food is one of your time-saving solutions for a busy schedule, consider tossing a quick meal together – full of health benefits – starting with pre-packaged salads.

Bagged salad kits are a great starting point to build a complete meal in minutes. They are a time-saving convenience and include pre-washed lettuce and greens, many times with added vegetables. By simply adding lean chopped meat, beans or nuts and additional fruits and vegetables, you have a complete, nutritious meal in less time than you may spend waiting at the drive-through.

Pre-packaged salads offer more variety with new blends of leafy greens, such as romaine, arugula and baby spinach – making them an easy way to incorporate more vegetables to a daily diet. They are also a smart choice for added health benefits, since dark green, leafy lettuce tends to be higher in nutrients, such as vitamins A, K and lutein.

Try tossing these quick and easy meals together in minutes by combining the following ingredients with pre-packaged salad kits – your wallet (and waist) will thank you!

Hy-Vee Dietitians’ Top 5 Summer Salad Picks:

Asian Chicken Salad
1 bag Dole™ Field Greens* + mandarin oranges, cooked chicken, snow peas, crispy noodles, almonds and Asian sesame seed dressing

Blackberry Salad with Avocado and Almonds
1 bag Dole™ Baby Spinach* + celery, almonds, blackberries, avocado, feta cheese and raspberry vinaigrette

Grilled Chicken Summer Salad
1 bag Dole™ European Blend* + cooked chicken, almonds, strawberries, mandarin oranges and poppy seed dressing

Southwest Caesar Salad
1 bag Dole™ All-Natural Light Caesar Salad Kit + tomatoes, bell peppers, red kidney beans, cooked chicken, whole-kernel corn and red onion

Springtime Spinach Salad
1 bag Dole™ Baby Spinach + strawberries, asparagus, red onion, blue or feta cheese, and raspberry dressing

* substitute with romaine or any other Dole™ salad blend

Recipe source: www.dole.com/recipes

For full recipes and pictures, visit http://www.dole.com/Recipes and select the “Salad” category.

The information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.

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