Fresh, Nutritious Summer Salad Recipes from Lake Charles Memory Care

Spice up your Salads and enjoy in-season produce this summer


As the weather heats up and the humidity rises, nothing fills us up, keeps us healthy, and cools us off like a salad containing fresh in-season fruits and vegetables. Salads have a reputation for being boring and repetitive, but we think they’re anything but–with a variety of fresh produce, cultural flavor inspirations, filling proteins and satisfying dressings, the possibilities for summer salad are endless!

At The Verandah Assisted Living and Memory Care, we love giving suggestions to our community for delicious recipes – especially ones that can be shared with your loved ones, like the ones we have selected below! While we pride ourselves on having fantastic meals in our community, sometimes it’s fun to change it up and surprise your loved one with a meal or treat you’ve prepared for them. We hope you find some inspiration below and share with your loved ones.

Mexican Inspired Grilled Corn Salad

For many people, Mexican street corn is synonymous with the season. Tangy cotija and spicy chili powder combine with deliciously sweet in-season corn to create a flavor that screams summer. This Mexican Inspired Grilled Corn Salad lightens up the classic street corn recipe by skipping the mayo and leaning into the fresh flavors of cilantro and lime. Use this delicious salad as a side dish at your next barbeque, or top with grilled chicken or shrimp for a complete and balanced meal.

Balsamic Grilled Steak Salad With Peaches

If you love a savory and sweet combination of flavors, you’ll love this salad! This Balsamic Grilled Steak Salad With Peaches has it all–it’s packed with nutrients from the peppery arugula and ripe peaches, filling and protein-packed from the steak, and ultra-flavorful thanks to the blue cheese and balsamic vinegar. We think this recipe is the perfect balance of flavor and nutrition as-is, but if you want to bump up the health factor even more, choose a lean cut of steak and reduce the sugar in the dressing.

Shrimp and Mango Salad

Summer and seafood go hand-in-hand, and tropical fruits make us feel like we’re on a vacation right in our kitchens! For those who want healthy, fresh flavors that transport your imagination straight to a hammock on the beach, this Shrimp and Mango Salad is just the thing. Mango is the perfect seasonal treat, and avocado adds a cool and creamy texture to the dish. Crunchy napa cabbage is the perfect nutritious base for this warm-weather meal. We recommend grilling the shrimp to add even more summer flavor!

BLT Salad

Summer is tomato season, and there is quite possibly no more quintessential summer sandwich than a BLT. So why not make that summer lunch classic even more nutritious by turning it into a salad? This BLT Salad has all of the usual suspects: crispy bacon, fresh, crunchy lettuce, and ripe, juicy tomatoes. Homemade croutons add a gourmet touch to these familiar flavors, and avocado turns this salad into the coveted “BLTA” from your favorite local sandwich shop. Add grilled chicken breast for extra protein that turns this salad into a meal by itself!

Forget the same old garden salad with standard dressing–these delicious recipes show that salads are more than just a side dish! We do hope you draw a little inspiration from these recipes, and if you do, we’d love to hear what you think of them.

If you are interested in learning more about The Verandah, our amazing Lake Charles, LA memory care community, please give us a call. We’d be more than happy to answer your questions and give you a virtual or in-person tour!

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