Summer is certainly here and if there’s one thing all that heat makes us want to do, it’s eat lightly. And that means salads.
According to British chef Jamie Oliver, summer salads should be just a matter of thinking about three separate areas @jamieoliver: “texture, colour and seasonality – get chopping, and go!”
Don’t know about you, but moisture-filled fruits and hydrating greens is what we always crave around this time of year. And here are some of our favourite food combinations we like to see during the very hottest months:
The recipe is for a side dish, but we could certainly combine a couple of ‘sides’ and make it into a ‘main’. It’s filling, nutritious and the crisp greens give it the refreshing bite you look for in a summer salad.
Great at a barbecue, thanks to the salty halloumi cheese, this is quick to make and involves just a handful of ingredients. The finishing touch is a sprinkling of fresh mint. A great gluten-free dish.
Yes, this all veggie salad involves swapping chicken for baked tofu and ‘bacon’ bits made from baked unsweetened coconut flakes with tamari, maple syrup and smoked paprika. The dressing is creamy and cashew nut-based (and tastes delicious).
One of our personal favourites, we love the taste combination of basil pesto and chicken. The pair are mixed with quinoa and set in lettuce leaves for this recipe. You can also add another two of our salad ‘must haves’ – sundried tomatoes and pine nuts.
Pesto also features in this tasty eggplant salad recipe. But then, so does feta cheese and olives (a perfect accompaniment to pesto), as well as almonds and runny honey. It can be served either hot or cold, depending on your mood at the time.
If you’re looking for color on your table, then this is the salad to consider. Lots of green and rich ruby red and white with a mustard yellow dressing. It’s also delicious – and something that shouldn’t just be saved for summer.
Another favourite food of ours is chickpeas. This involves two cans of these marvellous, protein-packed beans, together with avocado and blue cheese. There’s also a home-made ranch dressing with mayonnaise, sour cream and buttermilk. And if that alone doesn’t get you wanting to try it, nothing will…
Another vegan recipe and one which is just as nice cold as it is hot, soba noodles are a bit of a cupboard staple. As such, this is often something that can be whipped up without much preparation. It involves all the good stuff, such as yellow peppers, carrots and cucumber. Black sesame seeds give it an extra tasty touch.
To make your summer salad feel extra special this year, serve your dish with linen napkins or on a linen tablecloth. Your guests will love it.