Simple Summer Salad Recipe

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Summer Salad

Since the Spring, I’ve been looking for healthy, tasty, and filling recipes.

I’ve tried a number of different salads in the past month or two and have discovered my favorite to be a variation of a typical salad – only it has no lettuce! It sounds a little odd, but one day I was out of lettuce so I decided to do without and see how it tasted. To my surprise I loved it and, truthfully, found it much easier to eat and more filling.

While there is a lot of chopping involved in any salad, particularly this one, I’ve found that if I take a day to chop everything ahead of time and store it all in ziploc bags, I can simple dump the needed amount of each ingredient into a bowl and be eating in minutes. You can find the recipe for my favorite salad below.

Summer Salad (recipe for 1 person)

2 celery stalks chopped
8 baby carrots chopped
10 cucumber slices cut in small wedges
1 slice of lunchmeat or 3 pieces of turkey pepperoni chopped
10 – 12 black olives sliced
1/2 of a small to medium tomato chopped
1 small handful of crumbled cheese or chop 2 slices of block cheese
dash of pepper

Mix all of the above ingredients together and enjoy!

I don’t use salad dressing on this salad because it’s flavorful enough for me, but feel free to add a few drops of your favorite dressing if you feel it needs it.

I’ve also made a vegetarian version of this and have replaced the meat and tomatoes with chopped oranges and strawberries. Delicious!

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  1. Kenny F says:


  2. Love the addition of olives! Perfect summer salad!

  3. Thanks for this recipe. I am always looking for salad ideas and I have never heard of this but I am going to try it. Yum! Rita Spratlen

  4. I wish I had one now to counterbalance this sugar hangover I have. Looks great.

  5. Sounds so easy. Thanks for sharing. I am always looking to whip up a variety when we have family gatherings.

  6. Sounds easy enough!

  7. courtney says:

    looks so yummy! thanks for sharing!

  8. My husband makes something kinda like this, but yours looks better lol

  9. Sounds good MINUS the tomatoes YUCK LOL!

  10. I’ve done this before when we were out of lettuce! It is good! Sometimes I’ll open a can of beans or chick peas, rinse and drain them well and stir in 1/4 cup or so, mmmmm!

  11. Yum – this sounds so light and summery!

  12. This sounds so good! One of the things I love about summer, is the light, refreshing summer salads.

  13. Looks like such a great salad

  14. Looks delish! :)

  15. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I will make it. It looks so good and healthy too. My hubby does Weight Watchers and this recipe looks perfect for him.

  16. Sounds very good. Thanks for sharing.

  17. so many healthy recipes to choose from on the internet.-:

  18. this sounds great I’d like to give it a try this weekend

  19. Lynn Baker-Hack says:

    Yummm! This sounds and looks so delicious! I can’t wait to make it.

  20. sounds like a good salad.

  21. While you were busy making a delicious summer salad,I’ve been very busy with my social networking lately!



  22. That looks yummy!

  23. Love this – I am going to use it for sure!!

  24. This sounds so yummy and healthy!! Definitely going to try this!


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