Summer time is here and people tend to eat lighter, which is why salads prove to come in handy. Typical salads that have store-bought dressings are not healthy at all. In fact, some lack enough nutrients to sustain you throughout the day, unlike the healthy homemade ones. It is very easy to prepare fresh and healthy summer salads right at your own kitchen. When you do it yourself you can avoid sugar-laden dressings or those that are overly processed. Better still, you can twist things up and come up with salad recipes tasting great that you will never wish to go back to the store-bought ever again.

Here are 3 addictive summer salad recipes:

#1: Raw kale with sun-fried tomato cashew dressing

This is one of the healthiest salads you should try this summer! It tastes like pizza because of the tomatoes and oregano. All you need to do is toss kale with some lemon juice then set it aside to wilt a bit, preferably 15 minutes. Go ahead and drain cashews and then blend them with almond milk until you have a smooth and creamy mixture. Now add the puree, olive oil, oregano, and sun-dried tomatoes until smooth. You can add some pepper and salt to taste, before pouring the dressing over kale and tossing to coat. If you like nutritional yeast or Parmesan cheese, you can also add some in order to get the same effect.

#2: Blueberry with coconut cilantro dressing

You may not love combination of fruit and green salad, but after you try this your perception will change. This salad is perfect when served on a summer evening. If you prefer blackberries or strawberries, you can also use them to suit your taste. The good thing is that this salad is packed with antioxidants, providing healthy option. Start by combining blueberries and salad greens in a large bowl, and then whisk cilantro, pepper, sea salt, melted coconut oil, and lemon juice in a small bowl, before pouring the mixture over the salad greens. When you are done, transfer everything to a serving bowl and garnish with some fresh lemon zest. That’s it!

#3: Immunity salad with dressing of raw spinach garlic

This salad is known as the “immunity salad,” and for a good reason. It contains immunity-boosting benefits, with garlic acting as anti-fungal, carrots helping in increasing immunity, and citrus containing anti-oxidants. What’s more, this salad provides healthy fats as well as protein to make it a complete meal to take you through the day. You also enjoy double amount of enzymes, not to mention leafy green nutrients from the spinach. In order to make it, blend cashews and half cup of water until you see they are completely liquefied.  Now add remaining ingredients and some water to help with blending process. If you prefer it to have a thinner consistency, add another quarter cup of water.

What are some of your favorite summer salad recipes?