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Toss the bagged salad mix! These summer salad recipes will amp up any backyard barbeque

Forget the bagged salad. Make these easy, delicious salad recipes for your next summertime get-together.

MOLINE, Ill. — Wednesday, June 8 on Good Morning Quad Cities, News 8's Linda Swinford and Morgan Strackbein shared their go-to recipes for summertime salads.

The two salads, a poppy salad with apples, cashews, and Swiss cheese and a watermelon feta salad with mint and cucumber, had unique a combination of flavors that worked to create tasty, healthy meals even the kids can enjoy.

Find the recipes for the salads below.

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Morgan's poppy seed salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup canola oil.
  • 1/2 cup sugar.
  • 1/3 cup white wine vinegar.
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard.
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder.
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds.
  • Greens.
  • Salad toppings of your choice (We used cashews, Swiss cheese, and apples but also recommend pecans, brie, raspberries or walnuts, Havarti, and strawberries).

Directions:

Mix together the oil, sugar, vinegar, mustard, onion powder, and poppy seeds very well with a whisk. Refrigerate the dressing before drizzling it atop your greens and salad toppings. Toss and enjoy!

Watermelon feta salad

Linda got this juicy and refreshing salad recipe from Delish. Click/tap here for the full recipe.

Watch more segments like this 4:30-7 a.m. weekdays on WQAD's Good Morning Quad Cities.

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