Does anyone else find it a lot easier to enjoy salads in the summer? In the winter I can’t seem to justify salad as being a fulfilling meal for lunch or dinner but come summer, salads are all I need (if you haven’t noticed from their constant appearance on my Instagram!). So I decided to share with you my summer salad hit list. Dive in below and let me know what your go to salad is in the summer!
1. Cucumber Vinaigrette
This salad is ridiculously easy to make BUT you have to love vinegar to make it. I learned it from my mom, she used to have this almost everyday in the summer as a child. All you need are thinly sliced English cucumbers (the baby ones that are in season right now), white onion diced, vinegar, water, salt and pepper. Throw the cucumbers and onion in a shallow bowl, fill with half part vinegar and half part water, salt and pepper. Let it sit for about a half hour before serving to let the cucumber soak up the vinegar mixture.
2. Classic Caprese
You can’t go wrong with a classic Caprese salad. You’ll need tomatoes, cut into thick slices, fresh mozzarella, basil, olive oil, salt and pepper. Top the tomato slices with a piece of mozzarella, drizzle with olive oil, roughly chopped basil, sprinkle with salt and pepper.
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3. Kitchen Sink Cous Cous Salad
I call this one the kitchen sink cous cous salad because you can really toss anything into it. Using cous cous as the base, slice and dice any veggies you are looking to get rid of and add them to the salad. I chose cherry tomatoes, cucumber and roasted chick peas. The dressing is simply lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper.
4. Fiesta Corn Salad
You may have seen this on my summer grill list but I couldn’t keep it off my salad hit list! This is a great salad to make if you have left over corn on the cob. I love the look and taste of the grilled corn mixed with fresh veggies including red peppers, green onion and cilantro. Add lime, olive oil, salt and pepper.
5. Bean Medley Salad
Forever a favorite of mine and SO easy. All you need is a can of bean medley beans, green onion, lemon, olive oil, salt and pepper. If you haven’t already picked up on it; lemon, olive oil, salt and pepper are pretty much the base of my homemade dressing recipes. I like to keep things simple and easy in the summer so that meals aren’t keeping me in the kitchen for a while. Get the full recipe here.
6. Grape, Apple & Cous Cous
I love incorporating fruit into my salads – they add bursts of flavor and great texture. This salad uses cous cous as the base once again. Then I added greens, red grapes, cucumber and granny smith apple slices. I used Brianna’s Home Style Real French dressing. But you can always use my go to if you don’t have any dressing (olive oil, lemon, salt and pepper).
I hope you enjoy all these recipes, let me know your favorites!