You know we’re all about quirky holidays here at Spa Week. Memorial Day is pretty mainstream, but did you know that May also happens to be National Salad Month? Perhaps not so coincidentally, these two holidays are perfect to be celebrated in tandem.
Disclaimer: we <3 summer! It is our favorite season and we couldn’t be more excited that it will be kicking off this weekend. However, there is one major downside to barbecue season, and we’re sort of dreading it – the overabundance of food and dessert makes it easier than ever to pack on the pounds.
With party after party to attend, each boasting different desserts, red meat and sugary cocktails that we just must try… well, you see where we’re going with this. Whoever made barbecue and bikini season one in the same was just cruel.
This year though, recognizing National Salad Month has brought to our attention a solution to this problem. We know exactly what you need to bring to any Memorial Day Barbecue you’re attending this weekend. A light, yet still elegant and delicious – salad! It’s so simple. And as for the surrounding fatty foods…just pick. Here are some great recipes to choose from:
Replace that rich, fatty seven layer dip with this gorgeous Seven Layer Salad. Make your own dressing utilizing low-fat versions of typically heavy ingredients like mayo and cheese. Tip from Eating Well – the salad will stay fresh under the dressing and the flavor is even better when kept overnight (full recipe from EatingWell.com)!
This recipe from none other than Sam’s Club for Summer Corn Salad has got our mouth’s watering. All of the fresh ingredients – corn, cucumber, grape tomatoes – and bright colors make it the perfect dish to kick off summer (full recipe from SamsClub.com).
Toss fresh vegetables with grilled country bread for an absolutely delectable side dish with a healthy crunch – Grilled Bread Salad! We have no doubt your friends will be satisfied and this plate will steal the side dish show (full recipe from myrecipes.com).