Fun Summer Salads

Summertime is almost over, but fun summer recipes don’t have to go away as the leaves change. Moreover, they can be very easy to make and all ingredients can be purchased with SNAP benefits/ EBT card. Best of all, you purchase the ingredients either in person at your local stores or online.

Here you have three summer salads you can make for your family that will not take too much of your time and are sure to be a success even among kids.

Sunshine Salad


  • 5 cups spinach leaves (packed, washed, and dried well)
  • ½ red onion (sliced thin)
  • ½ red pepper (sliced)
  • 1 cucumber (whole, sliced)
  • 2 oranges (peeled and chopped into bite-size pieces)
  • 1/3 cup vinaigrette dressing (“lite”, around 15 calories per tablespoon or less)


  • Toss all ingredients inside a large bowl and mix it with dressing of your choice. Serve immediately.
  • Makes 5 servings.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories: 82kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 12g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Fat: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 181mg
  • Calcium: 62mg
  • Sugar: 8g

Somali Summer Salad


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 apples
  • 2 green peppers
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 2 cucumbers
  • Salt and pepper (optional)


  • Combine oil and lemon juice in a large bowl.
  • Dice all the vegetables and fruits and toss them in the bowl.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste (optional).
  • Serve chilled.
  • Best served within 24 hours.
  • Makes 8 servings.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories: 92kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 12g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Fat: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 5mg
  • Calcium: 18mg
  • Sugar: 8g

Summer Fruit Salad


  • 1 cup strawberries (diced, fresh, or frozen)
  • 1 cup watermelon (cubed)
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks, fresh or canned packed in natural juice (do not drain)


  • Stir fruit together in a bowl.
  • Cover and chill.
  • Serve as soon as possible.
  • Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories: 45kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 11g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 1mg
  • Calcium: 15mg
  • Sugar: 8g

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