Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Home Cooking >
Jul 9, 2007 11:00 AM

Summer salads

With all of this wonderful in season produce I am motivated to create healthy entree salads, but need more inspiration. I also like recipes that don't require me to turn on my oven since we have no a/c.

My current favorite is a spinach base with sliced strawberries, nuts (either walnuts, pecans, or slivered almonds), red onion, topped with smoked salmon and goat cheese.

What is your favorite summer salad?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. I like a salad of cucmber ribbons with frash sliced fennell and red onions. Yum!

    Also, I love a fattoush salad. The one I make has romaine, cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, mint, toasted pita, a lemon garlic dressing and a toss of toasted pine nuts. Sometimes, I add feta.

    Beyond that, nothing beats a fresh heirloom tomoto salad with basil, garlic, olive oil and nothing else!

    1. I was actually about to post something similar. I am looking for salads that can be kept unrefrigerated for several days (I go camping a lot for work and am looking to expand my repertoire of summer lunch options). Here are some yummy salads that I've been having lately:

      For all of the following I use a basic vinaigrette of olive oil, red wine vinegar (sometimes balsalmic or raspberry vinegar), prepared spicy mustard, and shallots. Whisk this together and let it sit while you prepare the other ingredients.

      Then cook some combination of legumes and starch. Examples:
      lentils, carrots, and quinoa cooked with chicken broth
      white beans and barley (canned beans are fine here)
      black beans and fresh corn

      Add the warm ingredients to the dressing and stir gently. Then dice any additional veggies or fruits that look good at the time - I often like red bell pepper, quartered cherry tomato, steamed green beans, etc. With the black bean salad, I think adding some mango is really delicious.

      Add some spices to taste - salt, pepper, thyme, cilantro, basil, mint, etc.

      These are all satisfying main dishes and provide complete protein. You'll need to use the stovetop for some, but I like to prepare a big batch and use them as lunches for most of the week.

      If anyone else has ideas for more camping salads, please let me know!