Summertime is here and the BBQs are well underway. And while we should treat ourselves to those picnic favorites (hello, baked beans), or a snack from the ice cream cart on beach days, there are plenty of fun and healthy summer salads to balance out the indulgences.

One of our favorite resources for easy, healthy recipes is Cook For Your Life. You can also look to the American Institute for Cancer Research for excellent recipes backed by research on cancer-fighting ingredients.

Check Out This Recipe:


Peach & Arugula Salad

“Peach and Arugula salad brings the peppery bitterness of cruciferous arugula and the sweetness of ripe peaches together in a match made in heaven. Throw in the salty tang of feta, and you have an easy salad that’s truly special.”

via Cook For Your Life




  • 2 teaspoons minced shallot or red onion

  • 1 large peach, diced

  • 5 0unce box pre-washed baby arugula (See Ann’s Tips)

  • ⅓ cup feta cheese

  • ¼ roughly chopped roasted pistachios

Summer Vinaigrette

  • 1 clove of garlic, smashed and cut in half (optional)

  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

  • Pinch of sea salt

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • 1 tablespoon of mint cut into a chiffonade

  • 2 tablespoons basil leaves cut into a chiffonade


1. In a large serving bowl whisk the Summer Vinaigrette with the minced shallot. Add in the diced peaches.

2. Top the dressed peaches with the arugula, feta and pistachios. Just before serving, toss to combine.


More Fantastic Cancer-Fighting Summer Salad Recipes:

Summer Salads *with videos! (Cook For Your Life)

Salade Niçoise (AICR)

Cancer-fighting Recipes: Apple and Walnut Salad (CCC)

Creative Summer Salads (Cook For Your Life)

Summer Rice Salad (Stanford Health Care)

Protein Packed Summer Salads to Beat the Heat (Cook For Your Life)

For Simple, Healthy, Homemade Dressings:

Make Scrumptious Salads This Summer (AICR)