What We’re Loving: Summer Salads

by Amy Feiereisel on July 12, 2013

in Events, Garden, Salads

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It’s here! They’re here! Though we love the market year round, the winter and spring can be…sparse. Parsnips and potatoes rule, even as the world wakes up and a misty green creeps over winter-browned edges.

July, on the other hand, screams abundance and freshness. Mountains of cucumbers and zucchini protect bursting bundles of leafy greens. Little pyramids of golden squashes graciously share space with new potatoes and baby tomatoes. Large, unwieldy watermelons smile benevolently at delicate little apricots and peaches. What was previously grey is suddenly and stunningly bright. It’s hard to make simple decisions, since the sheer number of choices are dizzying in a giddy sort of way.

So don’t. Gather bags of produce and get to chopping. Celebrate summer the best way possible: with a couple (or a hundred) delicious and refreshing salads. Try the Thai-Inspired Cucumber Salad above for a crisp and juicy escape to southeast Asia. The savory chickpeas and peanuts are perfectly balanced by a touch of sweetness and a dash of fresh herbs. {from Oh She Glows}

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We’re also falling head over heels for salads that forgo any of the usual salad-y ingredients. This Garlicky Zucchini Ribbon Salad is fresh and simple and oh-so-charming. {from Post Punk Kitchen}

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Tomatoes join forces with creamy avocado and sweet, sweet corn in this hearty side dish (or main dish, should you be so inclined!) of Corn, Avocado, and Tomato Salad. A little squeeze of lime and a handful of chopped cilantro go a long way! {from The Girl Who Ate Everything}

For a quick but summer-flavored meal, whip up a batch of Summer Pasta Salad. Fresh tomatoes, fragrant garlic, and a generous slick of olive oil? Yes please! {from For the Love of the South}

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We have absolutely nothing against eating watermelon plain, in big slices, juice dribbling down one’s chin. But for a dinner party or a quiet evening moment, we’re loving this Quinoa Watermelon Salad. All the juicy sweetness we know and love, with a dash of sophistication thrown in for the big kids. {from The Devil Wears Parsley}.

All photos taken and styled by Angela, Isa, Christy, Amber, and Natalie.

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Amy Feiereisel

Blog Coordinator at Eat Boutique
Amy Feiereisel is a young, foolish, and tastebud-driven college student nursing an almost unhealthy obsession with the epicurean. Originally from Texas, she currently resides in gorgeous upstate New York for school, where she discovered her passion for all things food and farming. You can find her digging in the dirt, with her nose buried in a book, or dreamily painting away in her free time. She writes about life’s adventures over at Amy + Fire.

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