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Welcoming a New Season: 3 Tips to Make Summer Salad Friendly

By Dylan Bailey, MS

Today marks the longest day of the year, aka an event called “summer solstice”. Many of us also know this day as the official start to summer! During summer solstice, some places may experience up to 24 hours of sunlight (we’re looking at you northern tip of Alaska). Although bittersweet as each day will become shorter and shorter with less sunlight, we can still celebrate summer for all it is worth. What better way to do this than kicking off the new season with refreshing your salad knowledge?

Salads are excellent means to deliver nutrients packed in a flavor-friendly way, but they can be known to be quite boring. These tips below can help you step-up your salad game this summer as you enjoy the sunshine!

Fresh Herbs for the Win (FTW)

Summer Garbanzo Bean Salad

Herbs make for an excellent addition to any salad with their bursting flavor, and really change the entire dimension of anything they’re added to. Not to mention, they also contain vitamins and minerals like potassium, vitamin C, vitamin K and vitamin A. Fresh herbs can even be grown in your kitchen, perfect for a summer project with the kids. For an easy summer salad recipe using fresh herbs, check out this Summer Garbanzo Bean Salad, made with Libby’s® Whole Kernel Sweet Corn and Cut Green Beans.

Get Slaw’d

Summery Slaw

Re-think the traditional salad by going the “slaw” route. Normal salads can be vehicles for greens like iceberg and romaine lettuce, which can be overused, boring and don’t lend tremendous flavor or texture profile. Using cabbage slaw in salads can add a unique mouthfeel and “pop” – perfect for summertime. Cabbage is also high in fiber, low in glycemic load, rich in vitamins C and K, and folate (also known as folic acid or vitamin B9). This Summery Slaw is easy to make and a perfect introductory dish for slaw beginners!

Add Some Crunch with Seeds and Nuts

Warm Baby Green Salad with Peas, Pistachios and Pecorino

Seeds and nuts have significant health benefits and including them in salads is the perfect way to enjoy their splendor. If you can name it, nuts and seeds have it. Protein – yup. Fiber – yup. Healthy fats – yup. Antioxidants – yup. Elevate their use beyond just a snack, as these items can provide a nice texture gradient and wonderful taste (try roasted varieties for an additional level of flavor). This Warm Baby Green Salad with Peas, Pistachios and Pecorino uses pistachios to lend a rich, nutty and earthy taste element.

We here at Libby’s hope that this summer is your best one yet. We also hope that you can use these tips to continue elevating how you think about salads, all summer long!

Give Dad the Gift of Libby’s This Father’s Day

Believe it or not, Father’s Day is just a couple of weeks away. This day rolls around every year in celebration to honor all the dads out there and the influence of fathers in society. Whether you’re planning on hosting a party or having a more intimate family gathering, celebrate dad this year with a delicious home-cooked meal he’s sure to love. Because the best gift you can give dad is a full stomach of recipes made with Libby’s® Fruits and Vegetables.



Perfect Pairings

Kicked Up Mac and Cheese

A classic father’s day tradition includes spoiling dad by grilling all of his favorite meats. This year, spice your menu up and pair your juicy burgers and steaks with Libby’s Kicked up Mac and Cheese and Summery Slaw.

For the Early Riser

Carrot Cake Biscotti

If your dad’s a morning person, surprise him with a hearty and delectable breakfast in bed to start his day off right. Prepare your tray with Carrot Cake Biscotti to go with his coffee or tea, and this nutritional twist on a classic – Scrambled Eggs with Peppers and Peas made with Libby’s® Sweet Pea Vegetable Cups.

Get Adventurous  

Sweet and Spicy Peachy BBQ Pork Sliders

Looking to bring it up a notch this year and really wow dad? Try planning an al fresco meal with the whole family at your local park or in your own backyard. These Sweet and Spicy Peachy BBQ Pork Sliders are the perfect entrée to enjoy a cool evening breeze among good company. For more recipe inspiration for your party, check out Libby’s Recipe Box.