Summer is never the same without a plethora of cool and refreshing salads!! In this modern age of pre-packaged salads and salad bars we have no excuse to stay away from eating healthy. With state-of-the art refrigeration, fresh farmers markets in every town and the plethora of salad sprays available in the market today salad consumption is becoming more and more easy...so go ahead make your dinner plate shine with imaginative nutritious salads! Last year I shared a layered summer salad with my readers. But this year I have been picking up fresh ingredients from the Farmer's Market, which inspired me to make a few interesting ones. Once the glorious greens are in my kitchen, I've found that if they are trimmed, washed, dried and re-packaged they'll keep for several days in the fridge. Whether its butter lettuce, Arugula, iceberg, romaine, escarole or radichio I lay them out over paper towels after a nice wash and they stay in a deep pan covered with a damp towel. When fairly drained of water, I wrap two sheets of fresh paper towels loosely over the leaves and refrigerate in plastic bags and store for 4 days. This comes in handy for me to pull them out as desired for salads every evening.
I've put together a collection of the salads I've made this Summer with a variety of vegetables right here for you. There's no excuse to avoid salads and if you don't like plain lettuce then you can spruce it up with the creamy "Green Goddess" dressing.
Before we begin, I will take you back to a few of my previous posts
and here's my Greek inspired Tuna salad with cucumber, tomato and avocado http://chillilovesmalli.blogspot.com/2012/05/209-greek-inspired-cucumber-tomato.html