I can’t get enough of this summer salad that’s been on repeat at our house – for dinner, lunch, sometimes leftover salad for breakfast – did I say I can’t get enough?…
It all started because we had some leftover grilled corn and steak.
The hubs had grilled for the kids while I was out of town for the weekend and that was dinner. BTW, my kids thought this meal was hilarious. How dad-made-dinner is that?!
So now, here it was Monday. It was hot. And I was trying to throw together a quick dinner with leftovers.
Maybe it was traveling…
or the corn…
but something reminded me of this salad I had once upon a time in Aspen.
And I wanted it.
Funny side story – we ate at this lovely little spot for lunch called White House Tavern years ago in Aspen. And when I say we are at it for lunch, I mean everyday.
This salad was all we wanted because it was so good.
Here we thought we’d found this gem in Aspen and turns out it’s a Hillstone restaurant (the restaurant group that owns Houston’s in Dallas…. where I grew up).
It’s still a damn good salad.
And it inspired this one.
Summer Salad – Details Matter
This summer salad is a perfect example of how it’s the details, the combinations in a salad that make it special.
It always amazes me what a difference throwing in some fresh herbs (like basil, parsley, dill, etc.) makes. Varying flavors (salty and sweet) and textures (adding crunch). These are the things that take a salad from just a salad to a salad you still think about 5 years later….
The Art (and Science) of Salad Making
A really good summer salad (or any salad for that matter) may seem like a random bunch of ingredients but there’s an art and science to it.
And once you know how to do it, you can throw a salad together just like that, with what you have in your kitchen, or garden.
This is just one of the things I teach in my signature program Dinner in 10. — my online course and meal planning system that gives you 4 weeks of plans (that’s breakfast, lunch and dinner covered) and turns you into a kitchen ninja.
And knowing this secret (plus the others you’ll learn) is a game changer in the kitchen, and for your health.
Because when you can throw something together that’s both delicious and good for you – you’ve cracked the code.
And you’ll never eat another boring salad again.
P.S. – I’m revamping Dinner in 10 and the new and improved version will be out soon (like in a few weeks). What that means is it’s going to have more stuff in it and the price is going up. Buuuut, you can buy it now, at the current (much lower price) and you’ll get the new version when it’s available. Win-win.
So, what I’m saying is if you’re thinking about, or if you’ve thought about it in the past, now’s the time!
Taste of Summer Salad Recipe
- mixed greens
- shredded carrots
- red onion, sliced thin
- cucumbers, sliced thin
- cherry tomatoes, halved
- sweet corn, (either grilled and shaved from the cob or cooked from frozen)
- dates, diced
- basil, torn or sliced
- parsley, chopped
- For the dressing:
- 1 part lemon or apple cider vinegar
- 2 parts extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 tsp dijon or honey mustard
- or Primal Kitchen ranch dressing
- In a large bowl combine all the salad ingredients.
- (note: I'm not big on quantities... when I make salads I eyeball ingredients. Use as much or as little of each ingredient as you like. The only thing you need to watch out for is the red onion - use less of that one, everything else the more the better!).
- For the dressing, if doing homemade:
- Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk to combine.
- This salad goes great with Primal Kitchen ranch dressing too.
- Toss salad with dressing and serve.
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