Delicious Salads for Summer Entertaining
Ready to invite some guests over to celebrate the arrival of summer? While you’re poring over your favorite grill recipes, don’t forget the perfect accompaniment to summer al fresco dining: flavorful salads. While old favorites like the wedge and Caesar still maintain a strong fan base, more and more cooks are branching out into new territory, tossing together salads that include ancient grains, ethnic flavors and even wheat germ. When planning your summer salads, don’t forget the fresh produce bountiful at your local farmers market this time of year. Try serving one of these salads on the patio one night soon
Lebanese Chopped Salad with Chickpeas: Light, fresh and packed with flavor, this dish breaks new ground in the chopped salad realm by adding mint and za’atar, a Middle Eastern spice mix that includes thyme, sesame seeds and other spices. Try this salad with grilled beef or chicken kabobs for an easy dinner that will give you plenty of time to mingle with guests.
Summer Quinoa and Wheat Germ Salad: Perfect as a light lunch or side for your favorite grilled fish or chicken, this salad mixes quinoa, arugula, tomatoes, wheat germ and feta cheese with a basil and Dijon vinaigrette for an incredibly tasty summer combination.
Green Salad with Strawberries and Goat Cheese: The current darlings of summer salads, strawberries bring a welcome tangy sweetness that serves as the perfect foil to greens, nuts and cheese, as it does in this salad. Add some sliced grilled chicken and you’ve got yourself a meal!
Asian Lemon Ginger Salad with Wheat Germ Dressing: This colorful spinach salad gets a distinctive flavor boost from orange wedges, shitake mushrooms, cucumber, snow peas and a honey-ginger dressing boasting wheat germ for added nutrients. Try serving it with grilled salmon.
Pinto, Black and Red Bean Salad with Grilled Corn and Avocado: Grilled ingredients give salads a smoky, earthy taste that amps up the flavor. This salad adds grilled corn, onions and jalapeno peppers for the ultimate south-of-the-border summer salad.
What are your go-to summer salad recipes?