Splendid Summer Salads

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As the weather gets hotter and hotter, I want to turn on my oven less and less. And with the best peak of season produce arriving right now, there is no better time to go crazy with salads. So move over lettuce and tomato, with a hundred days of heat in our future, it is time for a little variety. ...

Let’s start with my new favorite, a Burrata and Watermelon salad. First the burrata adds a creaminess to the salad that I love. It feels almost indulgent on a weary Wednesday night, but in addition to that, the watermelon is all the crunch you might love from iceberg lettuce (it’s greatest quality) with a big burst of summer sweetness.

– To plate this salad, start with the watermelon, chunks of slices work great.
– Top with arugula, thinly sliced radish, and shaved red onion for a little bite.
– Then add chunks of peaches that have stayed on the vine until the last second, which means they are larger and sweeter than peaches you will find anywhere else.
– Add the burrata, either the whole piece if you’re making a large plate for a few people or use a spoon and scoop a few big pieces onto your individual salad. With the cream center, it is too soft to slice
– Drizzle with olive oil, crack some fresh pepper and a little flake salt, a tiny handful of toasted chopped pecans and you are good to go. No oven required.

We have plenty of other suggestions here on the website, let me make a few suggestions:

  1. Panzanella
  2. Bulgur Salad with Cucumber, Dill, and Mint
  3. Chicken Salad with Peaches and Almonds
  4. Chinese Chicken Salad Spring Rolls
  5. Greek Cucumber Salad
  6. Shrimp and Avocado Salad
  7. Southwestern Cobb Salad
  8. Muffaletta Salad
  9. Watermelon Salad