Summer Salads: Beyond the Basic Garden Salad
Since Summer is synonymous with fresh produce, it is the perfect time of year to eat salads. The hot weather has me looking for ways to have a No Cook Dinner, and these salads are some of our family favorites. While the stand-by lettuce and veggies salad, topped with dressing might do in the off season. Variety is the spice of life! So, with that thought, here are some of our favorite Summer Salads.
Sour Cream Salad
This “salad” is really more about the dressing, than the vegetables. The dressing is a 50/50 combination of Sour Cream and Apple Cider Vinegar. For the veg, use either peeled and sliced cucumbers or garden fresh greens (no iceberg lettuce!). The vinegar in this recipe will leave you feeling like you “cleaned out your gizzard”. It’s not for the faint of heart, but it is so refreshing served with some simple grilled meat.
No Lettuce Salad
Why do we think that a salad has to have lettuce in it? My sister-in-law whipped up the first of these salads at a family reunion a couple of years ago. She pulled all of the salad goodies out of the fridge, minus the lettuce, sliced them up and created a little bit of salad heaven. Her original version contained sliced green olives, instead of capers, but I have not had an easy time finding olives that don’t have binders and preservatives in them.
Who says a salad has to be cold. This delight, takes just a couple of minutes on the grill. You only want to start wilting the lettuce. Once it’s warm, you can sprinkle on a little grated Parmesan cheese.
Spinach & Bacon
I believe this recipe was passed down from my husband’s grandmother. The smokey flavors of bacon pair beautifully with the green, earthy flavors of fresh spinach. This salad is best when made with spinach right out of the garden. It needs to be served immediately, before the dressing cools.
What are some of your favorite Summer Salads?