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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Beet It! Roasted Beet Salad with Cumin Vinaigrette

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image  In my childhood household, beets were boiled and served vinegared, sort of as a pickle.  I liked them fine but when I discovered roasting, I never went back!  Roasting beets preserves the nutrients, seals in the sugars, makes it super easy to peel them, with clean up, a cinch.  Just wash the beets, add a little olive oil and any herbs for flavoring, although not necessary, and cook at high temperatures. Continue reading