Calling all summer salads!
OK, We are cleaning up the grill, sprucing up the deck, feeling peppy in the warm spring air: so what are are best ideas for summer salads???
Give up some ideas of what works for you...talk about some new ideas you have had.
My favorite salad is greens or spinach, pickled beets, goat cheese, and pine nuts.
A salad-like side dish that comes to mind is one of my favorites come from one of the Silver Palate cookbooks. It contains:
Coucous plumped with veg broth (I use chicken)
chopped toasted walnuts (I toast them quite thoroughly so they stay somewhat crunchy)
juice and rind of an orange
Delicious! And it's good at room temp; actually better than straight out of the fridge.
cantaloupe, smoked salmon and mint
watermelon, feta, black olives and mint
couscous with tons of shredded parsley, mint and basil
pickled carrot shreds with cumin, ginger and rosewater
blanched green beans or asparagus with hard-boiled egg shredded over
strawberry, kiwi and poppyseed
watercress with preserved lemon and toasted almonds or pistachios
roasted peppers with olives and goat cheese
A household favorite among my family is blached green beans that are shocked then cut into thirds, tomato wedges, red onion "pickled" in red wine vinegar with nutmeg and a simple vinagraitte of red wine vin. and olive oil, s&p.