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Red, White and Blue Salad (Just 4 ingredients)

salad for fourth of july

Summer produce doesn’t require much manipulation. It’s so delicious in it’s pure form, that just a drizzle of olive oil here or a squeeze of lemon there can equal a great “recipe.”

As you’ll see over the next few weeks, I’ve decided to spend the summer eating simple, fresh dishes with minimal ingredients. While I tend toward this every summer, I’m making even more of an effort to keep our food fast and fresh this year. Not only does this save time, it also reminds us how flavorful veggies and fruits can be when given the chance to shine.

The other night I made this spinach salad with watermelon, blueberries, corn kernels and lemon vinaigrette. It didn’t have any of the nuts, cheese, dried fruit, or herbs that I normally load into my salads, but the ingredients were so good that no one noticed. Spinach Salad with Watermelon, Blueberries and Corn

The sweet and fruity flavors were perfect with the spinach, and most importantly, the salad only took 3 minutes to make.

Now that’s easy summer livin’!

red white and blue salad

Red, White and Blue Salad
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A simple, fresh, colorful way to celebrate Fourth of July - or any summer picnic or BBQ!
Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4 side servings
  • One 5-oz container organic baby spinach leaves, rough chopped
  • 1 pint fresh blueberries
  • Kernels from 2 ears of cooked corn
  • 2 cups watermelon, cut into small chunks
  • ¼ cup Lemon vinaigrette
  1. Place all ingredients in a large bowl and gently toss to combine.
  2. Serve right away. If prepping ahead of time, leave dressing out until ready to serve.


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  • Madie
    June 23, 2015 at 9:21 am

    I love the idea of keeping it simple, fast and fresh!! It seems to me that that’s how healthy eating should be but sometimes I still feel like it gets complicated quickly for me (as far as recipes go). I look forward to more posts like this! This salad looks delicious! Thank you for such a great blog, I love it and refer it to friends often! 🙂

  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    June 24, 2015 at 10:49 am

    So easy! I love the zing of the lemon dressing with the sweet fruit!

  • Amelia Winslow
    June 25, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    Thank you, Madie! I totally agree with you (obviously) on over-complicating food. Easy to do but the result when we don’t is often wonderful 🙂

  • Wen
    July 12, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    What would you suggest in place of the corn?

  • Amelia Winslow
    July 13, 2015 at 10:13 am

    If you’re not into corn, you could add sliced radish, chopped nuts, grated carrot, or really anything else.

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