3 hearty, summery dinner salads you’ll love

3 hearty, summery dinner salads you’ll love

We love meat, but that doesn’t mean we don’t love our fruit and vegetables — especially when it’s that incredible Ontario produce. When something’s in season in Ontario, we make sure to get our hands on it and enjoy every bite! (If you don’t know what’s in season right now, use this link to find out!)

Meat and veggies are a match made in heaven, but that doesn’t always have to mean steak and potatoes (though, that’s a pretty great dinner any day of the week). If you’re ready to change up your dinner plans and enjoy some fresh, summery meals, we’ve got some ideas to help get you started.

Cowgirl Salad with Chicken

Crunchy lettuce, avocado, corn, tomatoes, feta cheese and a zesty dressing are key components of this awesome salad. The link includes a vegan version with tofu but obviously, we’re going to make it with grilled chicken from VG Meats and suggest you do the same. This flavourful dish might even become a staple in your house! Here’s a link to the recipe from Fraiche Living.

Steak with panzanella salad

Fresh, local tomatoes in the summer...they’re pretty amazing, right? Now add some cucumber, herbs, red onion, homemade croutons and a delicious vinaigrette to make this salad sing. It’s great alongside any protein, but pairs particularly well with our Ontario beef. Prepare it ahead of time (it’s super easy!) then all you’ll have to do is grill up your favourite steak. Here’s a link to the recipe from Food Network.

Pork chops with green goddess quinoa salad

This hearty salad would be great with any kind of meat, but there’s something about how it pairs with pork chops that really makes our mouths water. We like how the recipe gives a variety of suggestions, like adding cubed mozzarella, and has two great homemade dressing options. Want to switch things up next time you make it? Serve it with grilled sausages or lamb skewers. Yum! Here’s a link to the recipe from Pinch of Yum.

So, what are your family’s favourite summer salads and other recipes? Tell us in the comments on Facebook — we’d love to hear your suggestions!