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Simple Summer Salads

salad bowl watercolor
Salad Bowl watercolor on paper, June 2011 by Leora Wenger

Thanks to all who participated in the simple summer salad hunt. The treasures are many!

Vegetable Salads

Whole Grain Salads

Ingredients that might work in a salad

  • Croutons, homemade croutons
  • Raisins, craisins
  • Steamed cauliflower or brussel sprouts: both taste good cold or room-temperature the next day.
  • Grated carrots
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Fresh herbs: parsley, basil, dill, oregano
  • Lettuce: romaine, green leafy, red leafy
  • Spinach leaves
  • Endives, raddichio
  • Purslane

Carrot Salads

Beet Salads

  • Beets: If you are in the kitchen anyway, boil some fresh beets. They take 1.5 hours to cook (quicker with a pressure cooker), but most of your work time is spent cutting the ends of the beets off before cooking and peeling after cooking (10 minutes). You can mix them with cucumbers, olive oil and dill right before serving.
  • Cooking Manager: Marinated Beet Salad with Ginger and Garlic

Potato Salads

Light Meal Salads

Bean Salads


Fermented Salads

  • Sauerkraut
  • Pickles – you can pickle any vegetable: cauliflower, parsnips, turnips, beets, garlic, radish or cucumbers

Salads with Cheese

  • Cooking Manager: Greek Salad with Feta Cheese and Olives
  • Baroness Tapuzina: Baby Lettuce Salad with Pears, Blue Cheese and Candied Walnuts
  • Robin’s Watermelon Salad:

    Prep Time: 15 minutes / Total Time: 15 minutes
    • 1/2 cup lemon juice
    • 1 tsp. tequila, optional (I left this out)
    • 2 Tbsp. honey
    • 1/2 tsp. salt
    • dash white pepper
    • 1/8 tsp. tabasco sauce
    • 1 medium-sized watermelon, cut into cubes
    • 1 cup 5% Bulgarian cheese, cubed (or feta or Roquefort)
    Mix first 6 ingredients in small bowl and stir to dissolve honey. Taste for seasoning, cover, and chill for 1-2 hours to blend flavors.
    To serve, mix watermelon and cheese. Pour sauce over and mix well.

Notes from friends:

“For an Asian slaw…include pickled ginger & mint”

“Orzo salad -orzo, diced cucumber, sliced scallions, diced oil-cured olives, chopped fresh mint, olive oil and lemon juice.”

Mrs. S. says

Wonderful collection! Thanks for including my post, and I look forward to trying many of these great ideas and recipes!

Robin from Israel says

What a fantastic list, I can't wait to start whipping up a whole heap of summer salads :). Thanks Leora!

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Ilana-Davita says

Great seasonal list to choose from. Thanks for sharing these treasures.

Laura says

What a great, inspirational list!! Thank you so much for putting this together. I can't wait to try out some of these recipe. And thank you for linking to so many of my recipes.

Leora says

It would be fun to hear about which ones you try, Laura.

Rayna Eliana says

What a wonderful compilation of links. I will check them out, for sure. Thank you!

Happy 4th!

Raizy says

Oh, no. Now I have to go spend time in the kitchen. You've totally whet my appetite.

Leora says

Sorry. Tee hee.

Miriyummy says

Wow, what a collection! Since the weather this Shabbat is supposed to be above boiling, guess what's going to be the main focus of my meny!

Yosefa @nonrecipe says

Great list! I gave you a shout out in my most recent post. I hope it's okay I used your Japanese Noodle Salad pic.


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