Ah, the salad days of summer. With the season sprawling out before you, there's ample opportunity for beach trips, pool parties, and cooking—or to be more specific, summer cooking.
While some think summer cooking is limited to grilling, we beg to differ. Whether you're at the stove or simply tossing raw ingredients together, it's the side dishes that support the aforementioned activities and offer a fresh counterpoint of flavor to heavy grilled fare. And within this supporting cast of sides, perhaps none are more important than the refreshing summer salad.
So what's one to do when faced with preparing said salad for a seasonal soirée? Romaine calm (sorry, we couldn't resist) and head to your neighborhood Trader Joe's, where you'll find staples that will take your salads from sad to superb—and summer-worthy—with minimal cooking required.
Because it's easier to eat corn off the cob.
Salad Star: Mexican Style Roasted Corn with Cotija Cheese
$3.29 | 14 oz.
For this at-home version of what’s often called street corn, we’ve taken the kernels off the cob and enrobed them in a creamy, smoky sauce, spiked with lime juice and studded with cilantro and Cotija cheese.
Pre-grilled asparagus and snappy diced veggies get a savory flavor boost from onion bacon vinaigrette in this colorful dish.
Salad Star: Grilled Asparagus Spears
$3.99 | 12 oz.
Fresh-from-the-field asparagus that's grilled and flash-frozen is the only thing you'll find in this bag, which means the only thing in the way of asparagus enjoyment is a quick defrost. Grab a second one and wrap the defrosted spears in prosciutto for a pre-cookout appetizer.
With its tangy sesame dressing and varying textures, this salad shines alongside hot-off-the-grill shrimp skewers.
Salad Star: Organic Sprouted Tricolor Quinoa
$2.99 | 8 oz.
Grown in Bolivia, this organic, sprouted, gluten free and kosher quinoa makes for a super salad canvas that can take on all manner of dressings and ingredients. The four grams of fiber and six grams of protein per serving are pretty great, too.
MAKE FRIENDS WITH SALAD.
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