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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Ruth July 1, 2011 at 6:58 am

Great selection – thanks! I’m in the UK so won’t be celebrating the 4th as you do in the states, but I have a few barbecues coming up so these recipes will come in handy!


elizabeth July 1, 2011 at 7:59 am

We’ve been experimenting with salads too. Will definitely try some of these out when it inevitably gets super-hot here.


Katarina July 1, 2011 at 10:09 am

Wow… what great salads always love quinoa with stuff… thanks for the tips…keep up the good work! ta very much!


Whitney July 1, 2011 at 10:20 am

I made this peanut and lime cabbage salad and it is awesome.

And you can’t go wrong with REAL buttermilk ranch dressing.


Marisa July 1, 2011 at 11:22 am

I’m anxious to try salad number 5 with the radishes – it looks like a wonderful combination of flavors and a great contrast of textures with the crunch of the radishes.

My favorite salad has got to be just about any form of panzanella. Because – duh – it has bread in it :D

Oh, I also have to tell you that I like sneaking in an extra salad at breakfast. I make the most insanely delicious open-faced breakfast sandwich almost every morning. One slice crusty toast, topped with a large serving of fresh salad greens, 2 slices of tomato, one fried or poached egg – and when I feel like it fresh salsa on top. I just love this because not only is it super yummy but I feel great knowing I’ve basically snuck in a salad at breakfast and as much as I love veggies it can be really challenging to eat the recommended daily amounts.


dana @ my little celebration July 1, 2011 at 2:10 pm

I adore fruit salads, but yours are much more creative!


miriam July 1, 2011 at 4:46 pm

What a great idea! All I can eat when it’s hot and disgusting are salads – this is definitely a fun deviation from lettuce, tomato, cukes, cheese, fish.


sofia July 1, 2011 at 7:31 pm

these all look delightful. truly. i won’t even try to compete with that! though i do love any salad with wheatberries involved. the perfect amount of crunchiness for sure.


Sarah@The Flying ONION July 2, 2011 at 9:13 am

This post is just no good for an indecisive person like myself. How will I ever choose?

Lovely. They’re all so lovely. :D


Hayley @ Oat Couture July 2, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Not really celebrating but those recipes will still come in handy! :) Was looking for new quinoa ideas! Have a great weekend!


Sara K July 3, 2011 at 9:50 am

Yum! All those look glorious! I’m a huge fan of fattoush or tabbouleh, but I also have become obsessed with a rocket-pomegranate-parmigiano reggiano salad. Simple but delightful


holly July 5, 2011 at 11:15 am

that chargrilled asparagus salad? gah, so good. and haloumi. love, love.

lately, i’ve been obsessed with my buffalo tempeh salad. just made another batch yesterday :)

p.s. emailing you back today!


Amanda @ Still Life with Duck July 5, 2011 at 11:44 pm

The photos on all your posts, including this one, are soooo beautiful!


Angharad July 6, 2011 at 8:15 am

Thanks so much, Amanda! It means a lot to me to hear comments like that :)


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