Three Healthy Oil-Free Summer Salad Recipes

July 13, 2017

Summer salad recipes don't have to be full of mayo and dairy when you have these light and delicious oil-free versions. (#vegan)

I can't believe summer is only a week away, and I am so ready for some easy, healthy summer salad recipes. Summer is too precious to waste indoors and for anyone who enjoys food and cooking, summer offers the finest produce. The key is to keep it simple and just enjoy the fresh, fragrant flavors of these seasonal ingredients.

That is what I tried to do with these summer salad recipes. Each salad has it's own unique flavor profile, and every dressing is light and oil-free. There is no reason to smother those beautiful flavors with lots of oil, fat and calories.

I don't know about you, but I love potato salad on a hot summer day. This potato salad is loaded with organic corn, red pepper, red onion, dill and lightly coated with a dijon vinaigrette dressing. How many ways can you say yum!!

This summer salad recipe of potato and corn has a delicious and clean flavor and is oil-free. (#vegan)

Healthy Summer Salad Recipes #1 – Vegan Potato and Corn Salad with Oil-Free Mustard Vinaigrette

My next healthy summer salad recipe is a simple arugula salad accompanied with sweet roasted carrots.

A summer salad recipe of roasted and glazed carrots accompanied with a tart and peppery arugula salad. (#vegan)

Healthy Summer Salad Recipes #2 – Roasted and Glazed Carrots with Arugula Salad

I love the intense flavors roasting brings out in vegetables, but you could also throw these carrots on the grill. Just remember you don't have to load on the oil. I made a glaze of lime juice and maple syrup and slathered it on before roasting and those roasted carrots were outstanding. The arugula salad was tossed with a light lime oil-free vinaigrette.

The last recipe I would like to share is this gorgeous summer heirloom tomato topped with an oil-free miso pistachio sauce.

A summer salad you will never forget. Heirloom tomatoes topped with an oil-free pistachio vinaigrette. (#vegan)

Summer Salad Recipes #3 – Heirloom Tomatoes Topped With A Pistachio Dressing

White miso replaced the oil in this recipe, and I must say it was outstanding. It really complimented the earthy, almost smokey sweetness of the heirlooms.

Hope you enjoy these healthy summer salad recipes as much as I did. I would also like to mention that June is National Dairy Month. I have seen lots of advertising about the health benefits of cow's milk which unfortunately isn't the truth. Please read my blog from February 15, 2016, on why the best milk to drink isn't from a cow.

That is why I'm excited about teaming up with Silk Non-Dairy Milk in 2016 and 2017 because I want to keep all of you as healthy as possible.  Non-dairy milk has all the health benefits of cow's milk except you won't be digesting any hormones or antibiotics. Most importantly, you won't be consuming casein, the number one protein in cow's milk that Dr. T. Colin Campbell has called “the most relevant cancer promoter ever discovered.”

You can find Silk non-dairy milk at most mainstream grocery stores. They have many non-dairy options that include almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk, and more. Unsweetened almond milk is my favorite and I use it any of my recipes that calls for milk. Here is a store locator if you are having a problem finding it.  You can also sign up for their awesome newsletter which has coupons and lots of wonderful recipe ideas.

Please, always remember, winners, like our little guy, drink non-dairy milk!

You don't need cow's milk for healthy bones. (#vegan)

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Potato & Corn Summer Salad with Oil-Free Mustard Vinaigrette
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Light, refreshing and oil-free, perfect for a hot summer night!
Serves: 4
potato corn salad
  • 1¼ pound of red potatoes, cut into 1 inch dice (unpeeled)
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped (approximately ½ cup)
  • 1 small red onion, chopped (approximately ½ cup)
  • 4 ears of corn
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ground black pepper
  • 3-4 tablespoons of fresh dill, chopped (or parsley)
  • 2 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  1. Add your diced red potatoes to a big pot of boiling water. Lower the heat and cook until the potatoes are still firm but tender, 8-12 minutes. Keep checking so they don't get mushy.
  2. Drain, rinse with cool water.
  3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Drop in your corn. Cover and turn off heat. Leave the corn for 5-7 minutes in the hot water. Cool and remove kernels* note below
  4. In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, bell peppers, corn, onion, salt and ground black pepper.
  5. Meanwhile make the vinaigrette by placing all the ingredients in a small food processor and process for about 10 seconds or until it is combined.
  6. Pour the dressing over the potato mixture. Add the dill, combine well and serve.
  7. *The best technique to remove kernels is to place an ear of corn vertically in a large bowl. Using a small, sharp knife, slice the corn off the cob from the top to the bottom. Turn ear and continue.**

Roasted Carrots & Arugula Salad
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Make the most out of summer with this light, refreshing and oil-free salad with fresh roasted carrots.
Recipe type: american
Cuisine: salad
Serves: 3-4
  • 1 bunch carrots
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • pinch of salt and ground black pepper
  • a large bunch of arugula
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 4 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1½ teaspoons maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 red Fresno chili, finely chopped (optional) adds heat
  1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Whisk together the 1 tablespoon maple syrup and 1 tablespoon lime juice. With a small pastry brush brush the carrots with the mixture, coating both sides.
  3. Place the carrots into oven for approximately 20 minutes or until soft and caramelized.
  4. Whisk together the vinaigrette ingredients. Taste for seasoning. If too tart, you can add more water or a little more maple syrup. Toss half of the dressing with the arugula, taste and add more as needed. Taste for seasoning.
  5. Place a mound of arugula salad on a plate with roasted carrots.

Tomato Salad with Miso Vinaigrette
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This is a lovely no-oil dressing contains miso, capers, pistachio and shallots.
Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: american
Serves: 4
  • 2 heirloom tomatoes, sliced
  • pinch of salt (or more to taste)
  • fresh ground black pepper
Pistachio Vinaigrette
  • ⅓ cup roasted pistachios, coarsely chopped
  • ¼ cup mild white miso
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • ¼ cup shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Champagne vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons water
  1. Whisk together the miso, capers, shallots, champagne vinegar, maple syrup, salt and a little fresh ground black pepper. Add the chopped pistachios. Refrigerate until using.
  2. Arrange the tomato slices on plates. Stir the pistachio sauce and spoon over the tomatoes.
  3. Add the pinch of salt and a few twists of fresh ground black pepper.




3 thoughts on “Three Healthy Oil-Free Summer Salad Recipes

  1. I am going to try them and sound so good and I am so new to this and I am 61 years old and I want to be healthy as long as I can be

    1. Hope you like them Theresa and congratulations on being part of our healthy community – you are 61-years young and eating a healthy plant-based diet will help you live a long and healthy life. You deserve it!

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