Heart-Healthy Salads

If you're looking for good taste and good health, you can't go wrong with seasonal vegetables.

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Ginger-Tomato Salad
Ginger-Tomato Salad

    Fresh ginger adds zip to prime garden-fresh tomatoes. Halving the tomatoes, even small ones, helps them take up flavor from the dressing.

Southern Black-Eyed Pea Salad

    Cooks in Texas claim black-eyed peas are Texas "caviar." But the truth is, the tender beige bean with the black eye is popular all over the South in scrumptious dishes, such as this summer squash and tomato medley.

Asparagus Finger Salad

    These crisp-tender asparagus and carrot spears are wrapped in lettuce leaves and drizzled with a sour cream and lemon dipping sauce.

Grilled Corn Salad

    Corn, spinach, cherry tomatoes, and fresh oregano make this beguiling salad a home gardener's delight. If you don't garden, shop at a local farmer's market.

Cilantro Tabbouleh with Cranberries

    Kick up the fiber in your diet with the chewy bulgur in this tangy salad.

Corn and Green Bean Salad

    Remember succotash, the ubiquitous corn and lima bean accompaniment to all the best old-fashioned summer meals? Well, this tasty vegetable salad, made with green beans instead of limas, gives succotash a new twist.

Grilled Red Onion and Corn Salad with Roasted Red Pepper Vinaigrette

    Grilling the sweet peppers gives this vinaigrette a tantalizing smoky flavor.

Spiky Cucumber Salad

    This salad is sure to become a standard in your repertoire because of its easy preparation and spicy Asian overtones.

Grilled Vegetable Salad

    Onions, eggplant, peppers, asparagus, and summer squash create this wonderful grilled salad. Tofu is a culinary chameleon -- it picks up the flavors of the ingredients surrounding it. In this case, the tofu will absorb the flavors of the salad dressing as it marinates.

Cranberry-Turkey Spinach Salad

    Use hors d'oeuvre cutters to cut the cranberry sauce into tiny stars or other shapes to give this salad even more pizzazz.

Terrific Tortellini Salad

    Bright-colored vegetables lurking among cheese-filled tortellini transform even picky eaters into vegetable eaters.

Confetti Potato Salad

    Remember this slimmed-down salad when fresh green beans are at their peak. Using a reduced-calorie ranch salad dressing helps make the salad only 108 calories per serving.

Beet Salad with Goat Cheese and Walnuts

    Combine the strong flavors of beets and goat cheese for a delicious and different salad. Boost the rich flavor of the nuts by toasting them in the oven until golden.

Green Bean and Potato Salad

    This delicious combination gets extra flavor from fresh basil and pitted Kalamata olives. When available, use thin, sweet French green beans (haricots verts) in place of regular green beans.

New Potato Salad

    No warm-weather picnic or potluck is complete without potato salad, and this carb-conscious new potato version is the perfect serve-along for burgers, chicken, or just about any other grilled summer favorite.

Jicama Coleslaw

    Coleslaw gets a delightful makeover when a tangy apple juice vinaigrette replaces the usual dressing, and peaches, jicama, and cilantro are tossed with the cabbage.

Pecan Cranberry Salad

    If you like, serve this salad as a relish with roasted turkey or pork.

Berry-Best Salad

    Pretzels or fish-shaped crackers top this salad and attract young diners. Make it with tangy fresh berries in the summer or use mandarin orange sections in the winter.

Carrot, Fruit, and Spinach Salad

    This tossed salad with an orange-yogurt dressing will stay fresh and crisp for two to three days if refrigerated in a tightly sealed container.

Marinated Vegetable Salad

    Balsamic vinegar, made from white Trebbiano grape juice, adds a sweet flavor to this fresh tomato salad. This type of vinegar is aged in wooden barrels for several years to develop the flavor.

The New Layered Salad

    This updated version includes turkey ham, fresh fennel, and reduced-fat or smoked cheese.

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