Dined: My Favorite Simple Salads

Dined: My Favorite Simple Salads

Eating fresh veggies and fruits is a must when it comes to maintaining a healthy diet. Especailly for those of you participating in my Bikini Boot Camp. I like to have salads for lunch and dinner. I pile them high with vegetables and fruit, which keeps me full and satisfied. Personally, I think the best salads are simple, usually consisting of only a few main ingredients accompanied by a light homemade dressing…. So you can imagine how happy I was when I stumbled upon Mark Bittman’s 101 Simple Salads for the Season article for The New York Times… 101 simple salads? Yes, please. I tried a few of them out and enjoyed them all (to the very last bite)!

One of my favorites from 101 Simple Salads for the Season is #7. This salad has grated carrots, blueberries, and toasted sunflower seeds in. It’s all mixed together with some olive oil, lemon juice and black pepper and the resulting salad is absolutely delicious. In Bittman’s article, he describes it as crunchy yet soft, sweet and a little bit sour.

Another salad I fell in love with from the 101 list is #49. This salad combines raspberries, herb greens, walnuts and blue cheese with balsamic vinaigrette. After you’ve put together this decadent mix, Bittman suggests: “Sell for $14 a serving.” I couldn’t agree more.

My favorite salad is #2. It’s described as “astonishing,” which it is. What’s in this salad? It’s probably the most unlikely mix of ingredients I’ve ever heard of. It’s a mix of tomatoes, peaches, red onion, red-pepper flakes and cilantro. Then it’s drizzled with some lemon juice and olive oil. Let’s just say this salad will leave you speachless (sorry spelling fanatics, I had to).

After reading through all 101 of the salads I’ve been inspired to be more adventurous with my salad preparation by trying out new combinations. If I come up with any winners, I’ll be sure to let you know. In the mean time, give these a try.

For your ingredients, I suggest picking up them up from a local farmers market. Fresh produce is always better, especially if you buy locally. When you buy your produce at a farmers market, the flavor is fuller and you can usually score organics for less.

What’s your favorite (simple) summer salad? Post your recipes to your LaurenConrad.com profile page and link the recipe in the comments below! I’ll feature my favorite salad idea in a Member Spotlight post.

What’s your favorite salad recipe?

XO Lauren

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Photo: NY Times, Francesco Tonelli for The New York Times
Categories: Dine, Lauren Conrad
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  • Sol Sol


  • Sol Sol

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  • Melissa Panici

    These salads sound amazing!! I love a good salad that fills you up! I do agree with Sol Sol though. I always get hungry soon after eating a salad. That’s why I put chicken in mine! So good:) Here is a salad I’m currently LOVING!!


  • Camila Lopez

    I thought this post sounded familiar… so I checked my favorite blog and saw she posted about this almost THREE YEARS AGO. Didn’t you guys work together at Teen Vogue? http://cupcakesandcashmere.com/101-days-of-summer/

  • Melissa mould

    i love salads, i ususally have them with salmon, cod or fishcakes and some new potatoes.

    I always mix in strawberries and blueberries to my salad to give it an edge :)


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  • Lauren Hoffman

    I love salads. It’s very important to mix them up if you eat them as often as I do. I love adding citrus like orange slices, or grapefruit. I also mix canned salmon with olive oil and some herbs to top it off, almost a healthier version of tuna salad.

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  • Ali D

    These salads sound incredible! I’m a vegetarian, so I’m always looking for new ways to mix up my salads. And it’s not true that proteins are only found in meat and eggs…tofu is packed with protein, as are nuts, beans, and whole grains such as quinoa. As long as you know how to balance your salads with these proteins, it’s not unhealthy to eat salds often…and you don’t need to eat meat with them to be nutritious. Not that I have a problem with anyone who does eat meat, but I think people need to know that it is possible to not eat meat and still be perfectly healthy.

  • Larissa Wilhelm

    I love salads, especially Chicken Ceasar Salads. I get bored just eating lettuce, though so I’m definitely going to give these a try. Thank you for sharing these!


  • Amy Breckenridge

    salads are such a great way to get your fruits/veggies in and maintain a healthy diet. salads can definitely be filling – just make sure to add some sort of protein! i’m a vegetarian so i always add hummus, eggs, beans, tofu and/or nuts to make sure i’m full after lunch. :)


  • Shannan Cunniffe

    Two of my faves? 1) Watermelon, feta, and mint in balsamic vinaigrette. YUM.

    and one that I eat 3-4 times a week:

    2) Spinach, roast chicken (diced), about 1/2 c mandarin oranges, crispy onions and crispy peppers, all in a dressing of 1 T sesame oil, 2 T rice wine vinegar, and sea salt. Sooooo. Gooooood.

  • Rebekah W

    wow, that sounds and look delicious. :) love every kind of salads, especially with balsamic dressing.



  • Linh Ly

    I love this post! Thanks Lauren! The picture of the salad up top looks delicious, I’ll probably try that one. = )


  • Michelle V

    One of my favorite salads is this one: http://theworldaccordingtoeggface.blogspot.com/2009/08/smart-sushi.html especially yummy if you are a low carb eater like me but still jonesing for sushi.

  • Liesl

    That looks amazing! I’m a big fan of the chicken caesar salad. :-)

    Liesl xxx


  • Jaclyn Schler

    That looks so delicious! Since I am a vegetarian, I am always looking for new and inspiring salad options! I love adding avocado, chickpeas and almonds to my salads!


  • Petra Zeller

    Hm looks delicious. I love lamb’s letuce with rasperry mhmmm <3
    xoxo, Petra

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  • yelka x

    This is great! Thanks Lauren x

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  • Emily k.

    Yummy!!!! Now you’ve got me in the mood for a salad! That peach/cilantro one looks kind of interesting… definitely not ingredients I’d think to put together, but I bet it’s great! One of my favorite old stand-bys is walnuts, goat cheese, and strawberries with a raspberry vinaigrette. So good.

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  • Rebecca Lawson

    Thanks Lauren!!

  • merle kok

    Best salad I ever ate was a tuna salad at the beach in south france. x

  • Stephanie DiMaggio

    That salad looks amazing!


  • Martin M

    Fresh vedgies are perfect for a diet, especially now right before the beach time is coming up :)



  • Valerie Lynn

    I’m a vegetarian too, and every single salad sounds amazing! :) I’m going to try the one with berries and sunflower seeds!! :) THANKS Lauren!! β™₯

  • Michelle LaPorte

    I live off of salads! I am going to post my favorite salad this week to share!!


  • Meghan Conard

    Yum! Can’t wait to try the peach salad, sounds delish!



  • Vanessa Potter

    I love a good ol wedge salad with tomatoes, pine nuts, cucumbers, feta cheese, and strawberries. And whatever dressing inspires me that day!

  • Emilie

    unfortunately it is getting too cold in Australia for summer salads but I am going to bookmark this for summer because they sound delish!

    xo Emilie

    PS please check out my latest blog post @ http://www.hungrydelights.com/

  • Cassidy Short

    Love a salad with romaine, grilled peaches, toasted slivered almonds, & poppy seed dressing #summersalads :)


  • Bunhead

    I have to try these. Wedges salads are always my favorites.

  • Heidi Pottle-Schiess

    Cubed watermelon, crumbled feta, and basil. For the basil, stack leaves on top of one another and roll them up, then chop. So good!!!

  • kristen michelle

    Yum! One of my favorite salads for dinner is spinach, salmon, and tomatoes. Very simple, healthy, and delicious: http://platformsandpearls.com/index.html?entry=salmon-and-tomato-salad

    xo, KMHM



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