Summer Salad recipes!

by Saladseekers

The following article was contributed by Beaches and Bikinis, where you’ll find all the latest trends in swimwear and information on the hottest beach destinations. As temperatures begin the climb, the very last thing anyone wants to do is slave over a hot stove in a kitchen! While I prefer salads all year long, this is especially true during the summer months! Summer salads are light, tasty, and of course – healthy. This is also the time of year when you’ll find the freshest ingredients! Make it a point to stop by your local farmers market or roadside veggie stand, get all the herbs, vegetables and fruits you’ll need to make your summer salad! We’ve found just a few tempting recipes for you to try!

Summer Greek Salad

  • 1 head romaine lettuce- rinsed, dried and chopped
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 (6 ounce) can pitted black olives
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 large tomatoes, chopped 1 cucumber, sliced
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • ground black pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS In a large salad bowl, combine the Romaine, onion, olives, bell peppers, tomatoes, cucumber and cheese. Whisk together the olive oil, oregano, lemon juice and black pepper. Pour dressing over salad, toss and serve. To make this a more filling, dinner salad – top it with grilled chicken slices! salad-greek-salad-recipe salad-greek-chicken-salad

B.L.T. Salad with Basil Mayo


INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 pound bacon
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil
  • 4 slices French bread, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 pound romaine lettuce – rinsed, dried, and torn into bite-size pieces
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside, reserving 2 tablespoons of the drippings.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the reserved bacon drippings, mayonnaise, vinegar and basil and let dressing stand, covered, at room temperature.
  3. In a large skillet over medium heat, toss the bread pieces with the salt and pepper. Drizzle with the oil, continue tossing and cook over medium-low heat until golden brown.
  4. In a large bowl mix together the romaine, tomatoes, bacon and croutons. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss well.

 

Thai Beef Salad


INGREDIENTS

  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 lemon grass, cut into
  • 1 inch pieces
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1 cup lime juice
  • 1/3 cup fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sweet chili sauce
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 pounds (1 inch thick) steak fillet
  • 1 head leaf lettuce – rinsed, dried and torn into bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 English cucumber, diced
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes

DIRECTIONS In a large bowl, stir together the green onions, lemon grass, cilantro, mint leaves, lime juice, fish sauce, chili sauce and sugar until well combined and the sugar is dissolved. Adjust the flavor, if desired, by adding more sugar and/or fish sauce. Set aside. Cook the steak over high heat on a preheated grill for approximately 4-6 minutes on each side, until it is cooked medium. Do not overcook the meat! Remove from heat and slice into thin strips. Add the meat and its juices to the sauce and refrigerate, tightly covered, for at least 3 hours. Tear the lettuce into bite size pieces and place in a salad bowl. Arrange the cucumber on top of the lettuce, and then pour the meat and sauce over. Top with the cherry tomatoes and garnish with fresh cilantro leaves. salad-thai-beef-warmsalad-thai-beef-salad-reicpes

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10 Responses leave one →
  1. May 4, 2009

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  2. September 29, 2009

    Why is it that most people think that a detox diet comprises of starving yourself for days on end and only drink some foul tasting lemon drink?
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  3. December 19, 2009

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  4. December 25, 2009

    Wow, the cooking method of this dish is great, I’ll try it later and I hope it tastes the way it look. Thanks for sharing!

  5. January 5, 2010

    I really enjoy cooking. Much appreciation for this posting.

  6. January 12, 2010

    This was an interesting read, I’m forever on the lookout for good articles and blog ideas so thanks. I’ve bookmarked this article so I’ll keep in contact! Happy New year! :-)

  7. January 15, 2010

    myself I prefer to make my own recipes. Basic cook books are perfect for that. Done in minutes with no hassle.

  8. March 10, 2010

    Great Post, what do your reader think about jamie oliver? There are some very good jamie oliver inspited recipes mydish. I have also sent this post to my facebookaccount.

  9. March 10, 2010

    thanks for that

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