No backyard get-together is complete without a tasty summer salad. However, store bought salads can be loaded with unhealthy or non-organic ingredients. It’s easy and tasty to make your own salads using fresh, organic ingredients for a real summer treat.

Organic Summer Broccoli Salad

Ingredients:
1 head fresh organic broccoli, chopped
2 cups organic seedless grapes
1 organic onion, finely diced
12 slices uncured bacon
1 cup roasted sunflower seeds
1/4 cup organic sugar
1/2 cup organic mayonnaise
1 Tbsp. white wine vinegar
Directions:
1. Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside.
2. Prepare dressing by whisking together the sugar, salad dressing or mayonnaise and vinegar. Pour over broccoli, grapes, onion, bacon and sunflower seeds. Toss until well coated, refrigerate until chilled.

Recipe from Leslie J Stullken, posted on http://greenacres.com/index.php/recipes/vegetables/organic-summer-broccoli-salad

Simple Organic Pasta Salad Recipe

Ingredients:Organic Salads

1 package organic rotini pasta
2-3 fresh tomatoes
1 large cucumber
1 red onion
1 green pepper
1 cup cubed cheddar cheese
Parmesan cheese to garnish
1½-2 cups Italian dressing (see below for recipe)
Making it your own: You could also add carrots, cauliflower florets, broccoli, black olives, zucchini or mozzarella.

Directions:
1. Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook the pasta. While the pasta cooks, dice the tomatoes, cucumber, onion and green pepper.
2. After the pasta is cooked, let it cool so the cheese won’t get gooey when added.
3. When the pasta has cooled, toss the vegetables and cheese with the pasta in a bowl. Add the Italian dressing. Mix well. Finally, garnish the dish with Parmesan cheese. You may also want to add some fresh chopped basil for another layer of flavor.

Italian dressing recipe:
Mix together 1 cup each of olive oil and vinegar. In a separate bowl combine 1 tablespoon each of garlic salt, onion powder and red pepper flakes, and 1 teaspoon each of dried oregano, black pepper, dried thyme, dried basil and dried parsley. Whisk the wet and dry ingredients together right before you serve.
Written by Kirsten Hudson, posted on http://www.organicauthority.com/salads/summer-eating-a-simple-pasta-salad-recipe.html

Minted Honey-Lime Fruit Salad

Serves: 8
Ingredients:
1 teaspoon grated lime peel
2 tablespoons lime juice
4 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
1/2 small honeydew, cubed
1/2 cantaloupe, cubed
1 pint fresh strawberries, halved and hulled
2 cups fresh pineapple or mango cubes

Directions:
In a large bowl, stir together the lime peel, juice, honey, and mint until combined. Add the honeydew, cantaloupe, strawberries, and pineapple or mango. Toss to combine.

Recipe Notes:
Depending on the sweetness of the fruit, start with 3 tablespoons honey, adding more honey if needed.
Recipe from Rodale Healthy Recipe Finder, posted at http://www.organicgardening.com/cook/minted-honey-lime-fruit-salad