This salad is like summer in a bowl.

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Height-of-Summer Salad

This salad is fabulous any time of year, but it dazzles in the summer, when tomatoes are at their peak. The dressings are staples in my kitchen. Try them on your own favorite combinations.

Time: 15 minutes

Serves 4


2 cups chopped romaine
2 cups chopped tomatoes
1 cup raw corn kernels, cut from 1-2 ears
1 cup chopped cucumber
Ranch Dressing or Avocado Lemon Dressing


1. Combine all the ingredients in a serving bowl.

2. Serve with the dressing of your choice.

Ranch Dressing

Vegetarian | Makes 1/2 cup


3 Tbs. low-fat sour cream
3 Tbs. mayonnaise
2 Tbs. minced chives or scallions
2 Tbs. minced fresh basil and/or dill
1 Tbs. white wine vinegar
¼ tsp. kosher salt


1. Whisk together all the ingredients.

Nutrition Information:

Per serving (1 1/2 cups salad + 2 Tbs. ranch dressing):

  • Calories: 140
  • Total Fat: 9 g
  • Sat Fat: 1.5 g
  • Carbs: 13 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Sodium: 210 mg

Avocado Lemon Dressing

Vegan | Makes 1/2 cup


½ avocado
2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
¼ tsp. kosher salt
2 Tbs. minced white onion


1. Combine all the ingredients in a small food processor. Purée until smooth.

Nutrition Information:

Per serving (1 1/2 cups salad + 2 Tbs. avocado dressing):

  • Calories: 150
  • Total Fat: 10 g
  • Sat Fat: 1.5 g
  • Carbs: 15 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Sodium: 135 mg

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4 Replies to “This salad is like summer in a bowl.”

  1. Another great and simple summer salad:
    Microwave 1 frozen bag Old Fashioned style Mixed Veg.
    Drain thoroughly of any liquid. Transfer veg. to a bowl.
    Season to taste and refrigerate.
    When cold, add mayonnaise or your choice of dressing.
    Stir to blend, cover and return to refrigerator.
    Serve cold with your meal and enjoy.

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