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Salad Days of Summer

By Value Guru, June 30, 2013  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Value Guru

For some people, the start of summer is marked by a shift in wardrobe, but for me it’s what’s in my salad bowl. I make salads often and experiment with nuts, seeds, fruits, veggies, grains, proteins and dressings. And I rely on peak-season flavors like strawberries, cherries, corn and tomatoes. Follow suit to banish boring salads at your house.  

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Awesome Simple Salads

The leafy green + veggies + dressing combo is just the tip of the iceberg. So make every salad super with just a little something extra. Here are a few winning combinations:

  • Romaine + heirloom tomatoes + creamy ranch or blue cheese + hearts of palm or artichoke hearts (Sure Deal!)
  • Arugula + chopped cucumbers + red wine vinaigrette + olives or marinated mushrooms
  • Baby spinach + sliced nectarines + sesame vinaigrette + toasted pine nuts or cooked baby shrimp
  • Whole wheat couscous + strawberries + balsamic vinaigrette + feta or goat cheese crumbles (Sure Deal!)
  • Wheat berries + diced peaches + cider vinaigrette + sliced prosciutto or salami
  • Cannellini beans + diced zucchini + olive oil vinaigrette + roasted red peppers or sundried tomatoes

Here are six more salads that defy sad salad syndrome and spotlight some of the season’s best flavors.

HEIRLOOM TOMATO AND BULGUR SALAD Honeydew and Smoked Poblano Salad



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Cathleen says ...
My awesome salad has avocado, mango, broccoli, red onion and raisins. It's like a meal and dessert in one!
06/30/2013 4:13:53 PM CDT
Rosanna says ...
Salad greens, cantaloupe chunks, cucumber, almonds, alfalfa sprouts with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and salt. Maybe goat cheese crumbles too!
06/30/2013 5:43:42 PM CDT
j.J. says ...
I like rice salads with olive oil, rather than full dressings. Typically, there are some hot peppers and onions in there. Then various things like corn or squash or cucumbers.
07/01/2013 9:20:43 AM CDT
Leslie Hoyt says ...
My awesome salad has almonds, feta and dried cherries!
07/01/2013 10:50:05 AM CDT
Jakob Kramer-Jensen says ...
My salad is spinach+sun dried tommatoes+mushrooms+fetta cheese+olive oil vinaigrette SO GOOD
07/01/2013 12:40:52 PM CDT
Dionella Martinez says ...
It may not be mind-blowing, but I love a good Caesar salad. I make mine with organic lettuce, organic grilled chicken, natural Caesar dressing, croutons, and a sprinkle of Parmesan on top.
07/01/2013 1:00:28 PM CDT
Katie says ...
This is my summer staple for a hearty, yet refreshing summer grain salad: Bulgar, chickpeas, red onion, olive oil, a splash of red wine vinegar, a handful of fresh thyme and lots and lots of tomatoes!
07/01/2013 1:02:49 PM CDT
kristym says ...
Picking a load of fresh peapods this week made me come up with a tasty asian slaw. I grated red and green cabbage, sliced peapods into thin strips, added long thin strips of scallion and white radish and tossed with cooked soba noodles and slivered almonds. I dressed it with light sesame oil, rice vinegar, sugar and fresh grated ginger with a splash of tamari. Sprinkled with sesame seeds. Warm or chilled this is so tasty!
07/01/2013 1:49:15 PM CDT
Ashley says ...
Arugula, grapefruit sections, roasted beets, pine nuts, and a dressing of garlic-infused olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar. It is also wonderful with raspberries or strawberries!
07/01/2013 3:50:48 PM CDT
Joey says ...
One of my favorite salads utilizes the magic mandoline - thin slices of cucumber & fennel mixed with chunks of peaches and shaved parmesan. Drizzle w/olive oil, a splash of fig balsamic vinegar and sea salt. Yum!
07/01/2013 4:37:27 PM CDT
carol knotts says ...
My salad is a meal! Healthy, tender poached Bell & Evans chicken breasts from Whole Foods...dried cherries...chopped organic red onion...a mustard, lemon juice and light mayonnaise dressing topped with a few organic cherry tomatoes on a bed of fresh organic salad mixed greens!
07/01/2013 7:15:47 PM CDT
Karen Berndtson says ...
Here's a salad that always hits the spot. The raisins add a sweet counterpoint to the walnuts. Red greenleaf lettuce, raisins, toasted walnuts ( toast in pan on low for 5 or so minutes, keep turning), seeded cucumber sliced thin, and poppy seed dressing.
07/01/2013 9:29:17 PM CDT
Andrea says ...
Mine has arugula, pistachios, thinly sliced fennel, mandarin oranges and a lemon/honey/olive oil dressing.
07/01/2013 11:52:00 PM CDT
Beth Piette says ...
Broccoli, broccoli slaw, sunflower seeds, cherry tomatoes, raisins , bacon, jalapeno, onion. Dressing Apple cider vinegar Olive oil Stevia Soy Assorted spices Minced garlic
07/02/2013 2:23:49 AM CDT
Coco says ...
Brocolli Salad * 1/2 cup of olive oil mayonnaise * 1/2 cup plain yogurt * Fresh head of brocolli, raw, cut into trees (bite-sized pieces) * 1/2 to one cup red onion, chopped * 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese * Salt and pepper to taste * Optional : bacon bits, tomato (cubed), cauliflower Mix the yogurt and mayonnaise. Add to the vegetables and toss well, until vegetables are well-coated. Add the cheese. Mix well. Opt: add tomatoes just before serving.
07/02/2013 8:35:10 AM CDT
Emely says ...
Wow, what a wonderful giveaway! Arugula, cucumber, red pepper, cherry tomatoes, olives, avocado, olive oil and black pepper.
07/02/2013 9:20:05 AM CDT
Michele says ...
Salad greens, avocado, fresh corn, cherry tomatoes, red onion...any dressing will do. Simple yet delicious!
07/02/2013 5:08:55 PM CDT
Linda says ...
My favorite salad is field greens, snow peas, broccoli florets, shredded carrots, shallot, sunflower seeds, sliced almonds and poppy seed dressing.
07/02/2013 8:29:34 PM CDT
Kelly says ...
kale, carrots, broccoli, red onions, avocados, strawberries, feta cheese walnuts, and honey!
07/03/2013 8:53:46 AM CDT
Valentina says ...
It's hard to pick just one, but here goes: chopped (raw) Lacinato kale, low-starch fingerling potatoes (cooked firm, peeled and sliced), chopped tomatoes (early girl best), sliced sweet onion, cooked, crumbled pepper turkey bacon. In the fall, I sometimes substitute fuyu persimmons for tomatoes. Dressed with olive oil, grainy mustard, meyer lemon juice, a hint of balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper.
07/03/2013 11:14:21 AM CDT
Sharaya Geishert says ...
Organic baby spinach, fresh home-grown sprouts (the "sandwich mix" from Whole Foods!), hemp seeds, cherry tomatoes, avocado slices, & chopped pecans... drizzled with a homemade Maple-Balsamic Vinaigrette!
07/03/2013 12:06:44 PM CDT
donna stokes says ...
i usually purchase the kale in garlic dressing at the Callowhill St. market. Can you tell me how you prepare the dressing? i would like to try it on other greens. Thx.
07/03/2013 12:38:06 PM CDT
NaomiA says ...
My awesome salad has mixed greens, cucumber, red onion, fresh strawberries, fresh blueberries, roasted almonds, sliced dried apricots, with feta or goat cheese and my homemade balsamic/fresh blueberry viniagrette!
07/03/2013 2:19:39 PM CDT
Heather says ...
My go-to salad is spring greens, kabocha squash, purple yam or japanese sweet potato, avocado with fresh-squeezed lemon juice! If I'm feeling fancy, I add beets or some sort of fruit.
07/03/2013 4:31:14 PM CDT
Robbyn Ackner says ...
Baby spinach, cubes of fresh mango, baby carrots, sweet and spicy banana peppers, sprouted quinoa, grilled chicken breast, avocado, a sprinkle of pistachio nuts, topped with a balsamic glaze and a drizzle of 365 extra virgin olive oil. Yummm!!
07/03/2013 9:01:29 PM CDT