15 Salads For Summer

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Summertime and the living is easy!  When the temperature rises,  we start grilling and living on salads in this household.  Lots and lots of salads.  Here are 15 of my favorite from the blog’s archives. Some are entrée salads. Many of them can easily be turned into a meal by adding a favorite grilled protein. They all lend themselves to substitutions of a preferred green or a more seasonal ingredient as the garden starts producing.  There are several grain-based salads as I find they hold up well in the summer heat and can be assembled in advance.  Again, feel free to substitute a different grain of choice. Make your salads come alive wth infused oils and vinegars and flavored salts.  Click on the highlighted titles to access the recipes.  Happy summer!

1- Roasted Honey Balsamic FIg Salad with Goat Cheese and Pistachios

Don’t like figs? Grill peaches for an equally dazzling salad.

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Roasted Sweet Potato Rice Salad with Cherries and Toasted Hazelnuts

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” Summer afternoon, summer afternoon, to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”  Henry James

This scrumptious grain salad is bursting with the taste of summer:  sweet cherries, scallions, roasted corn and tons of herbs plucked straight from the garden.  It has complex layers of flavor and texture, can be made in advance and will hold up well on summer buffet tables.  Gorgeous colors make it tantalizing to the eyes as well.   It is versatile in that the kind of grains, nuts or herbs used can be swapped for what you have on hand.  It makes a heaping bowl, perfect for summer entertaining.imageimage Continue reading