A hot summer day calls for cool and refreshing fare like salads. Take salads to the next level with an array of ingredients that add new and enticing flavors, textures and healthfulness to the standard bed of greens.
Brighten summer salads with a variety of veggies. Quick, easy and naturally-grown Mann’s® Vegetables, including broccoli, cauliflower, sugar snap peas and carrots, are washed and ready-to-toss into your salad bowl. Fresh-Cut Vegetables can also be eaten as a snack, microwave-steamed right in their bag or arranged on a platter for a super-quick veggie tray. Liven up traditional cole slaw with Mann’s® Fresh-Cut® crisp and delicious Broccoli Cole Slaw, made with a blend of fresh broccoli hearts, carrots and red cabbage.
Make your salad the main dish with healthy protein sources like beans, tuna, grilled chicken or nuts. Nuts add a crunchy texture to salads, plus satisfying protein, vitamin E, fiber and antioxidants. Diamond® Harvest Reserve Premium Almonds, Walnuts or Pecans are harvested from select orchards for unmatched quality and appearance. Try toasting nuts to enhance flavor. Simply place them in a heavy skillet over mediumheat and stir continuously until golden-brown and fragrant; three to five minutes.
Eggs supply the highest quality protein of any food and are one of the few natural sources of vitamin D, plus 12 other essential vitamins and minerals. This gold standard protein also supplies steady and sustained energy to keep you fueled through all your favorite summer activities. Versatile and recipe-ready Sauder’s Hard-Cooked Eggs are a great addition to green salads and summer picnic staples like deviled and pickled eggs. They’re packaged in a resealable pouchso you can use what you need and store the rest for later. To ensure the best flavor, use within one week of opening and store away from strongly scented foods.
Unlock the secret to fabulous salads with a flavorful dressing like Ken’s Healthy Options™ Salad Dressings that’s made with a blend of extra-virgin olive oil and canola oil as a source of both EPA and DHA omega-3s. With at least half the calories and less fat, sugar and sodium than regular varieties, Ken’s® Healthy Options™ Salad Dressing® lend robust flavor to summer vegetablesalads with varieties like Fat-Free Raspberry Pecan and Italian with Romano and Red Pepper to choose from.
Lightly dress whole grain, bean or vegetable salads with olive oil or vinaigrette. Made from the finest cold-pressed Mediterranean olives, Crisco® Extra-Virgin Olive Oil offers full-bodied flavor to homemade vinaigrettes. To prepare vinaigrette from scratch, select balsamic, red or white wine vinegar and add freshly chopped herbs, ground pepper, crushed garlic or Dijon mustard to taste. Whisk one part vinegar and flavorings together first, then add three parts oil in a slow stream, whisking thoroughly until dressing turns translucent. For oil with more, try Crisco® Puritan Canola Oil with Omega-3 DHA that contains an excellent source of plant-based omega-3s per serving.
All-American Potato Salad
Your picnic just wouldn’t be complete without potato salad. Preparing it is a breeze with Blue Denim® Steamables™. Washed and ready for the microwave, these Red and Yellow Potatoes steam to perfection in just eight minutes in their special microwaveable package without heating up your kitchen. Each one cup of potatoes supplies a good source of potassium and vitamin B6, two grams of fiber and nearly half the Daily Value for vitamin C. For a quick reduced-fat red potato salad, try this version made with a tangy Dijon Vinaigrette.
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