5 Not So Ordinary Salads to Make 4th of July Healthy But Delicious



By Joy Stephenson-Laws, JD, Founder


Fourth of July is the quintessential summer holiday, however, it’s not usually the healthiest. Lots of booze, barbeque and sweets!

I’m always on a mission to make holidays healthier without sacrificing taste. Many may roll their eyes when I suggest salads, but trust me when I say not all salads are boring if you get creative and use all the beautiful foods Mother Nature has to offer.

The following salad recipes from Jessica Lawson, a food blogger who founded Big Delicious Life, will definitely make your 4th of July healthy but still delicious. 


"Farm-to-table, healthy-ish comfort food and California-inspired are my go-tos."

Jessica Lawson of Big Delicious Life








Marinated Cauliflower Salad


I love this recipe, because it is nutrient-dense. Cauliflower is also  rich in vitamin K, which is necessary for blood clotting and healthy bones. This cruciferous veggie is rich in a compound called sulforaphane, which may protect the skin from ultraviolet radiation. Sulforaphane may also protect the body from inflammation, cellular damage and even skin cancer!  

Grilled Corn and Zucchini Salad


  • Corn
  • Zucchini
  • Red Onion
  • Cilantro, Basil or Parsley
  • Feta Cheese
  • Olive Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • White Wine Vinegar

Nothing says summer like fresh corn. Corn is loaded with two phytochemicals that promote healthy vision - lutein and zeaxanthin to be exact. Lutein and zeaxanthin are types of carotenoids. Carotenoids are fat-soluble pigments found mainly in yellow, orange and red vegetables and fruits and are excellent for eyesight and slowing the progress of macular degeneration.

Zucchini is a summer squash. Its peak season is June through late August. This veggie contains essential minerals including calcium, potassium and magnesium.

Stone Fruit Salad with Honey Lemon and Thyme


Who said salads have to have lettuce? This salad is an antioxidant powerhouse full of nutrients such as immune system-boosting vitamin C. Throwing this salad together is pretty effortless, but all of the beautiful colors and fresh thyme make it look like a dish that came out of a 5-star restaurant.

Golden Beet and Arugula Salad


  • Golden Beets
  • Arugula
  • Goat Cheese
  • Pistachios
  • Olive Oil
  • White Wine Vinegar
  • Shallot
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Honey
  • Salt & Pepper

There are so many good things going on in this salad as in so many textures, flavors and nutrients! The pistachios add a nice crunch and also a healthy fat. There are so many reasons why beets are good for us, and arugula may be beneficial for cardiovascular health and even helping prevent cancer.

Citrus Salad with Olives and Fennel


  • Black & Green Olives
  • Ruby Red Grapefruit
  • Cara Cara Oranges
  • Navel Oranges
  • Fennel
  • Radicchio
  • Champagne Vinegar
  • Honey
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Salt & Pepper

This is another salad that will make your guests think you are a top chef! I can go on and on about the ingredients in this salad. Citrus, of course, is an excellent source of vitamin C. Fennel is rich in an anti-inflammatory phytonutrient called anethole. One study suggested that anethole suppressed cell survival and induced apoptosis (cell death) in human breast cancer cells. Radicchio has a ton of flavonoids and anthocyanins, powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agents, which may help prevent cancer and neurological diseases. The list of nutrients in this leafy veggie is mind-blowing. Radicchio is loaded with dietary fiber, vitamin B6, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc, and a healthy source of vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, folate, potassium, copper and manganese. 


Remember, you can also tailor these salads to your personal preferences or what produce is readily available to you. Have a healthy and happy 4th of July Holiday.


Enjoy your healthy life!


Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice. Please consult with your doctor or another competent healthcare practitioner to get specific medical advice for your situation.                               

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