Summer Recipes: 3 Healthy Grilled Salads That You Need to Try Now

Salads serve as the perfect appetizer for any main course. So if you're planning a meat-heavy barbecue, you can depend on a fresh salad to stir your appetite just right. They're light yet filling and they're the perfect snack for a hot summer day. Try something new and enjoy a healthy grilled salad out in your backyard instead of the usual tossed kind!

Here are 3 healthy grilled salads you need to try the next time you light up your grill:

1. Corn-mato Delight

What you need:

  • 6 ears yellow corn
  • 2 plum tomatoes, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste

Place the corn on a lightly oiled grill. Cook over medium heat, turning occasionally, for at least 12 minutes or until corn is tender. Set aside and allow to cool. When ready, slice the kernels off the cob onto a large bowl. Add the plum tomatoes, green bell pepper, onion and olive oil then season with salt and black pepper. Mix until all ingredients are well-combined. Allow to rest for 20 to 30 minutes for the flavors to blend. Serve together with grilled meat.

2. Sunshine Salad

What you need:

  • 1 medium pineapple, sliced into wedges
  • 1 1/4 cup mandarin oranges
  • 1 1/4 cup baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1 kg. chicken breast tenderloins
  • 1 1/2 cup bottled beer
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup Dijon mustard
  • 6 tbsp. poppy seed salad dressing
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. fresh rosemary
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp. fresh black pepper

In a large re-sealable plastic bag, mix together beer, honey, mustard, olive oil, rosemary, garlic powder, salt and black pepper. Add chicken tenderloin to the bag and shake to coat meat evenly. Seal and refrigerate overnight, turning the bag occasionally. When ready, thread chicken onto skewers and discard excess marinade. Cook chicken and pineapple wedges on a pre-heated grill over medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes or when meat juices run clear and pineapple is tender. Cut chicken and pineapple into bite size pieces and mix together on a salad bowl before serving.

3. No Mayo Potato Salad

What you need:

  • 1 kg. red potatoes
  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

For the dressing:

  • 6 slices cooked bacon, chopped
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. minced parsley
  • 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. white sugar

Place red potatoes in a medium bowl then add 2 tablespoons olive oil. Toss to coat evenly. Cook on a pre-heated grill over medium heat for 20 to 30 minutes or until tender. Allow to cool, cut into quarters then set aside. In a large bowl, mix 1/2 cup olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, vinegar and sugar and whisk until smooth. Add bacon, parsley, onion and potatoes to the bowl and toss until evenly coated. Serve immediately.

Add some freshness and nutrition to your summer barbecue with these must-try healthy salads!

Adrian T. Cheng is a food blogger and a BBQ expert. Through years of grilling experience, reviewing various grill gadgets and trying delicious and unique recipes, he is sharing his knowledge with everyone through his blog. For more grilling secrets, tips, recipes and more, head over to Adrian's page.

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