What's your favorite summer salad?

  • Parker817

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    Apr 15, 2012 11:36 PM GMT
    I love cold salads in the summer, and it's practically summer, so...what's your favorite summer salad?

    I recently had an awesome roasted corn and red bean salad, which I was able to recreate, here:

    http://poormanscupboard.blogspot.com/2012/04/roasted-corn-and-red-bean-salad.html

    Simple, easy, healthy.

    What are some of your favorites?
  • LJay

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    Apr 16, 2012 12:44 AM GMT
    Lots of greens here. Spinach, tomato and red onion shows up a lot.

    Am also a fan of Ken's Light salad dressings
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    Apr 16, 2012 12:48 AM GMT
    Sliced heirloom farmer's market organic tomatoes with sea salt, cracked black pepper, basil and olive oil; or a fresh and cold homemade Cobb salad!
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    Apr 16, 2012 1:11 AM GMT
    Maybe not my favorite but a neighbor recently gave me a container of this for planting a tree for her. I scarfed it up and wanted to make more of my own so she just emailed the recipe (comments are hers)...

    SCARLET QUINOA SALAD -- on back of Eden Organic Red Quinoa Whole Grain packet:


    1 cup EDEN Organic Red Quinoa, washed and rinsed

    1 ½ cups water

    1 medium beet, peeled and diced

    2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil ( I eschew oil, so don’t include it)

    1 Tablespoon Ume Plum Vinegar, or to taste

    2 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice—I use more since I don’t use the oil

    ½ teaspoon grated lemon zest—I use only if lemons are organic

    6 red radishes, sliced into half-moons

    2 Tablespoons finely minced red onion—I use more

    ¼ cup finely chopped scallions or chives—I use more

    ¼ cup Organic Dried Cranberries
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    Apr 16, 2012 3:28 AM GMT
    I'll pretty much eat anything with spinach in it. Or, just spinach. It's whatever.
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    Apr 16, 2012 4:06 AM GMT
    Vegetarian Taco Salad
    Saute canned black beans and frozen corn with some taco seasoning. Served over mixed greens tossed with a little bit of fat-free ranch. I usually eat it with a baked quesadilla with whole wheat tortillas. Good stuff!
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    Apr 16, 2012 4:52 AM GMT
    Parker817 saidWhat's your favorite summer salad?
    Tossed.
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    Apr 16, 2012 5:57 AM GMT
    I eat salad greens year round. So, for me, the salads that define summer are fresh bean salads. My usual dressing is fresh squeezed lemon or lime, extra virgin olive oil, fresh basil, salt, sometimes with some finely grated fresh ginger.
  • calibro

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    Apr 16, 2012 6:41 AM GMT
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    Apr 16, 2012 6:43 AM GMT
    How do you define a summer salad? This sounds cool
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Apr 16, 2012 11:00 PM GMT
    There is a place in Scottsdale called Cowboy Ciao´ that has probably the best salad I have ever had anywhere...

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    http://www.tastebook.com/recipes/821399-Stetson-Chopped-Salad
  • Fritter

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    Apr 16, 2012 11:12 PM GMT
    Spinach, red onion, mushrooms, walnuts, dried cranberries and raspberry vinagarette dressing.
  • Crepuscule

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    Apr 16, 2012 11:12 PM GMT
    Two favorites:

    1
    * Beetroots (boiled and cold)
    * cherry tomatos
    * basil
    * chêvre goat cheese
    * dijon mustard vinaigrette

    2
    * watermelon
    * fresh mint leaves
    * freshly squeezed lime, with pulp
    * pink peppercorns
  • Parker817

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    Apr 16, 2012 11:36 PM GMT
    GERGIN saidHow do you define a summer salad? This sounds cool


    No real definition -- any cool, crisp refreshing salad you want to dig into on those hot summer days

    yourname2000 saidBeet and goat cheese (in greens, tomato, pecans, etc).


    I have an aversion to beets -- traumatic incident from when I was a kid. But everyone tells me that beet and goat cheese salad is awesome. I'm gonna have to give it a try...
  • dancedancekj

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    Apr 16, 2012 11:58 PM GMT
    I love mixed greens fresh from the local farmer's market - both looseleaf and romaine lettuces, red russian kale, chard, mizuna, and pea shoots. I buy a full pound, and eat it for lunch, breakfast, snacks, and dinner with just a little olive oil and cracked black pepper.
  • mikey_101

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    Apr 17, 2012 10:44 AM GMT
    Its spring in the UK and wild foods are poping out of the ground all over the place.

    Spring Forraged salad....... tender danedion leaves, a few dandelion heads, some sticky willy, ramson leaves and flowers, yarrow and plantain from the woods, riverside and meadows.
    Add grated carrots, sliced beetroots, chopped apples and dress with olive oil, apple cider vinegar, smoked paprika and cilli.

    Top with roasted nuts and seeds.
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    Apr 17, 2012 5:21 PM GMT
    Hearts of Palm salad.

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    Apr 17, 2012 8:28 PM GMT
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tabbouleh

  • sfjock11

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    Apr 17, 2012 8:32 PM GMT
    Yehoshua_B5917 saidSliced heirloom farmer's market organic tomatoes with sea salt, cracked black pepper, basil and olive oil; or a fresh and cold homemade Cobb salad!


    +1 on the tomatoes w/ fresh mozzarella, sliced red onions or blue cheese crumbles!
  • iHavok

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    Apr 17, 2012 8:38 PM GMT
    Always loved Mackenzie River Pizza's salad.

    Grape nuts
    cubed pears
    blue cheese crumbles
    Lettuce/Spinach.

    So good. So fresh. So easy.
  • mindblank

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    Apr 17, 2012 11:01 PM GMT
    mikey_101 saidIts spring in the UK and wild foods are poping out of the ground all over the place.

    Spring Forraged salad....... tender danedion leaves, a few dandelion heads, some sticky willy, ramson leaves and flowers, yarrow and plantain from the woods, riverside and meadows.
    Add grated carrots, sliced beetroots, chopped apples and dress with olive oil, apple cider vinegar, smoked paprika and cilli.

    Top with roasted nuts and seeds.


    Wow. Plantain, that cooking-banana as I call it? Im confused but that sounds interesting.

    PS sticky willies on your back. Didn't know you could eat them.
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    Apr 18, 2012 3:47 AM GMT
    i have 3 favorites!

    SPINACH & ORANGE SALAD
    - baby spinach
    - mesclun mixed greens
    - red onions (thinly sliced)
    - cashew nuts (roasted/salted)
    - mandarin orange slices (peeled, drained)

    Dressing:
    - pure yogurt (plain flavor, no preservatives)
    - orange juice
    - light extra virgin olive oil
    - crushed garlic
    - salt / pepper to taste

    ARUGALA & PROSCIUTTO SALAD
    - baby arugala
    - watercress greens
    - baby spinach greens
    - fresh raspberries (pitted), crumbled
    - white cheddar cheese with cranberries (crumbled)
    - cured prosciutto ham (paper-thinly sliced, hand torn)

    Dressing:
    - light extra virgin olive oil
    - balsamic vinegar
    - raspberry or cranberry juice
    - raspberry puree or jam (seedless)
    - pepper (no salt, the ham is salty enough)
    - you can substitute the raspberries for sliced strawberries or blueberries

    WATERMELON & FETA CHEESE SALAD
    - watermelon (seeded and diced 1-inch cubes)
    - fresh light feta cheese (rinsed, drained, cubed or crumbled)
    - fresh mint leaves (chiffonade)
    - shallots (thinly sliced)

    Dressing:
    - light extra virgin olive oil
    - rice wine vinegar
    - pepper (no salt, the feta cheese is salty enough)

  • A_1991

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    Apr 18, 2012 3:50 AM GMT
    grilled chicken apple walnut salad with bacon!
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    Apr 18, 2012 3:51 AM GMT
    Clementine jicama salad!
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    Apr 18, 2012 3:56 AM GMT
    A locally grown Insalata Caprese

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