Summer is the perfect season for salads. They don’t require much (if any) cooking so you don’t have to worry about heating up your kitchen and wasting energy. They can also utilize summer’s seasonal fruits and vegetables to make for cheaper shopping trips. Here are some creative and frugal salad ideas from YumSugar to last you through the summer of 2011:

  1. Pesto Pasta Salad: use any fun-shaped pasta, an easy pesto recipe and some delicious veggies to create a dish that’s perfect for any summer barbecue.
  2. Watermelon, Feta and Arugula Salad: use one of summer’s favorite seasonal fruits to make this fresh and delicious salad.
  3. Asparagus Panzanella: this truly frugal recipe utilizes seasonal produce and day-old bread.
  4. German Potato Salad: make your potato salad stand out at your next barbecue by trying out this mayonnaise-free potato salad recipe.

Find many more great ideas over at YumSugar’s 10 Salads to Enjoy This Summer.