Warm weather is here and for a lot of people that means the return of salads. Whether you’re trying to get in shape for summer or you just tend to crave lighter meals during the warmer months, salads are a great option!

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But we don’t mean just a bowl of lettuce with a sprinkle of toppings. We want you to maximize your salad potential! Load them up with healthy toppings, go easy on the dressing and fill your bowl with a variety of greens.

Here are a few tips for building a healthy salad:

  • Use multiple protein sources! This Power Salad is topped with chicken, chickpeas and cheese, all which add a protein punch. Added bonus- there’s Greek yogurt in the dressing as well!
  • Repurpose leftovers. This Summer Bread Salad is the perfect way to transform a stale loaf of bread into a fresh summer meal!
  • Combine fruits and vegetables. Remember that salads aren’t just for veggies. Fruit can add a punch of sweetness to each bite and help balance out the vegetables while also making them more kid-friendly. Try this Chopped Vegetable Dinner Salad or this Kale Apple & Cheddar Salad.
  • Think seasonal! Produce that is in season always tastes best. Load up on fresh veggies and build your salad around them. Both this Roasted Mushroom & Asparagus Salad and this Grilled Shrimp Salad with Orange Mint Dressing make good use of spring fruits and veggies.

Need a few more salad ideas? Try these:

Southwest Black Bean Corn and Cheddar Chopped Salad

Southwest Cheddar Chopped Salad

Southwestern Corn, Avocado & Pepperjack Salad

Southwestern Corn, Avocado & Pepperjack Salad

Arugula Salad with Cheddar Frico

Arugula Salad with Cheddar Frico

Three Bean Chopped Salad with Cheddar & Ranch

Three Bean Chopped Salad

Broccoli Salad with Cabot Cheddar and Bacon

Broccoli Salad with Cabot Cheddar and Bacon

Chopped Salads - Cabot Creamery

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Regan Jones is Cabot’s National Nutrition Communications Manager and the main voice behind @CabotRD on Twitter. Self-described as a “registered dietitian by education and food-lover by birth,” she writes for the Cabot Creamery Blog from her home in Georgia.

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