7 Recipes for Refreshing Salads

posted: 04/14/15
by: Kelly Rossiter
7 Recipes for Refreshing Salads
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Doesn't this look delicious?

We seem to have gone from a cool spring into a steamy summer in an instant. With temperatures in the 90's and a humidex off the chart it feels like I live in the deep South rather than the true North. This is the kind of weather that makes you long for a cool salad, both to make and to eat. I don't even want to have the barbeque on, let alone the oven and I'd rather be sitting on the porch with a gin and tonic than working in the kitchen. Of course, one of the great benefits of making a salad is that there ususally isn't a lot of effort involved.

Whether you want a main course, a side course, or something to impress company, here are some great choices for you to make this week.

1. Avocado Cucumber Salad

I know there are people who think there isn't much to a cucumber, but for me the cool crunchiness just hits the spot on a hot day. I like to eat them plain with just a bit of salt on them, but that doesn't really count as a salad. Cucumbers pair really well with avocados and this salad just hits the spot. This is a great dish to serve as part of a buffet.

2. White Bean Salad with Radish, Walnuts and Wild Leek

I love beans salads. You can make a whole meal out of this white bean salad with radish, walnut and wild leeks. Wild leeks, also known as ramps, are finished for this season, so just use green onions instead. You could also add a little bit of garlic to it because wild leeks definitely have a bit of a garlicky taste. This salad has a great combination of textures, the creaminess of the beans, and the crunchiness of the radishes and walnuts.

3. Olive Taverna Salad

This olive taverna salad is so beautiful to look at, it makes a great dish to serve to guests. Not only that, it's a terrific make ahead salad and you can just dump all the ingredients in a bowl. Then when you are ready to sit down to eat, you just spoon it out onto the plate in an artful fashion. Easy!

4. Fiddlehead Salad with Sesame Vinaigrette

Fiddleheads make a pretty short appearance at the farmers' market, so you have to grab them when you can. Of course, there are lots of places where you can't get them at all, so you can always substitute another spring vegetable for this fiddlehead salad with sesame vinaigrette. Asparagus, green beans, even edamame would be fantastic with this dressing.

5. White Bean and Arugula Salad with Lemon Dill Vinaigrette

Here's a another white bean salad, this time with arugula in a dill vinaigrette. You can also serve this as a main course salad. The arugual gives it a nice peppery bite. If your kids don't like the arugula, you can use any kind of lettuce they enjoy.

6. Warm Wheatberry Salad with Mushrooms and White Wine

This warm wheatberry salad with mushrooms, while not particularly gorgeous to look at, packs a great healthy punch. They are wonderful and chewy, but they do take a fair bit of time to cook. But once they are cooked, this salad takes very little time to make.

7. Bloody Mary Tomato Salad

Depending on the season, vine-ripened tomatoes may not be available, however, it's never too early to eat a salad using all the ingredients of a bloody mary, well, except for the vodka. Of course, if you want the vodka, you can try a vodka tomatoes with basil and sea salt, which was really boozy and delicious or a bloody mary soup shot.