Summer is salad season! But it’s also the season for kicking your feet up with friends, family, and lots of rosé, which means spending less time in the kitchen. Here are some tips for making super easy, simple, yet delicious summer salads.
Let the Produce Speak For Itself
You don’t need many ingredients to make a deliciously addicting summer salad. Produce this time of year is so flavorful and abundant that it doesn’t need extra frills. Easily layer flavors by mixing fresh salad greens with fruit and herbs.
Keep the Dressing Simple
Instead of buying packaged salad dressings, save money with this healthy alternative: a couple squeezes of lemon juice, a drizzle of olive oil, a little honey for sweetness if desired, and some salt and pepper. The brightness of the lemon will bring out the flavors of the fresh produce in a way that bottled dressing won’t.
Embrace the heat. Grilling adds a smoky dimension to salads that we don’t usually get at other times of the year. Grilled fruit, like the peaches used in this arugula salad, get a bit caramelized, which adds a contrasting sweetness to otherwise savory salads. But don’t stop there; squash, peppers, fish, meat, and even greens can be grilled to add that summery flavor too.
Top your salad with a special, quality ingredient like some roasted nuts, a bit of grass-fed cheese, a handful of berries, or a drizzle of walnut or pistachio oil. A little bit of something “fancy” can really elevate your salad without complicating it. A little goes a long way.