fourth of july salads

July 1, 2011

We’re not talking limp lettuce and soggy tomatoes here folks. These are hearty, filling, pretty, seasonal and delicious salads to add to your Fourth of July menu. If you’re not American or you don’t live in these parts, consider this a summer round up of salads for your next barbecue or garden party.

Happy Independence, America!

1. Mediterranean Eggplant and Quinoa Salad

Still one of my favourites – the ingredients list is a little longer but if you’ve time then I highly recommend this salad – it’s always a huge hit! Mediterranean is right – olives, fresh mint, and olive oil really come alive with the cumin, coriander, and cayenne. This salad is not messing around when it comes to flavour.

2. Chargrilled Asparagus with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Haloumi

Oh my goodness. I dream about this salad. It’s just about the most perfect thing out there. Filling enough to be served solo but even better alongside a juicy, beautiful steak. Just make it and I promise you will thank yourself.

3. Lemon Grain Salad with Asparagus, Almonds and Goat Cheese

Rich, creamy, and tangy goat cheese is offset beautifully by the nutty almonds and tart lemon. I adore this salad. Bet you a tenner you will too.

4. Quinoa Salad with Black Beans, Avocado and Cumin-Lime Dressing

People are loving this salad and letting me know about it! Don’t miss out – it’s perfect outdoor eating fare and jammed packed full of flavour.

5. Radish, Cucumber, Cherry Tomato & Mint Relish

Not quite a salad but too perfect for the holiday weekend to ignore. Serve it up with grilled chicken and those looking for something lighter but still packed full of flavour will LOVE you. It doesn’t hurt that it looks so dang pretty either.

Do you have a favourite summer salad? I’d love to hear!

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