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This Salad is Like Summer in a Bowl

Height-of-Summer Salad

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This salad is fabulous any time of year, but it dazzles in the summer, when tomatoes are at their peak. The dressings are a staple in the kitchen of our Healthy Cook, Kate Sherwood. Try them on your own favorite combinations.

Salad Recipe

Time: 15 minutes

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups chopped romaine
  • 2 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup raw corn kernels, cut from 1-2 ears
  • 1 cup chopped cucumber
  • Ranch Dressing or Avocado Lemon Dressing

Directions:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a serving bowl.
  2. Serve with the dressing of your choice.

Ranch Dressing

Vegetarian | Makes 1/2 cup

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tbs. low-fat sour cream
  • 3 Tbs. mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbs. minced chives or scallions
  • 2 Tbs. minced fresh basil and/or dill
  • 1 Tbs. white wine vinegar
  • ¼ tsp. kosher salt

Directions:

  1. Whisk together all the ingredients.

Nutrition Information:

Per serving (1 1/2 cups salad + 2 Tbs. ranch dressing):

  • Calories: 140
  • Total Fat: 9 g
  • Sat Fat: 1.5 g
  • Carbs: 13 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Sodium: 210 mg

Avocado Lemon Dressing

Vegan | Makes 1/2 cup

Ingredients:

  • ½ avocado
  • 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 Tbs. minced white onion

Directions:

  • Combine all the ingredients in a small food processor. Purée until smooth.

Nutrition Information:

Per serving (1 1/2 cups salad + 2 Tbs. avocado dressing):

  • Calories: 150
  • Total Fat: 10 g
  • Sat Fat: 1.5 g
  • Carbs: 15 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Sodium: 135 mg

Enjoy this recipe? From the Heart—the latest cookbook from Nutrition Action’s Healthy Cook, Kate Sherwood—helps you follow the top-rated DASH diet. Get healthy while enjoying Spicy BBQ Tofu & Black Bean Salad, Mediterranean Fish Stew, Turkish-Spiced Chicken, Quinoa & Winter Fruit Salad, and dozens of other scrumptious dishes.