Beat the Heat with Summer Salads

All the Wickeds love summer and we all love quick and easy salads to get us out of the kitchen and back onto the beach, the lake or even back to work on our latest works-in-progress. Today we’re talking about our favorite salad recipes.

Have you got a super salad recipe to share? We’d love to hear it!

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Jessie: My husband makes a great Brazilian-style salad. It is fairly quick, very healthy and is delicious with grilled foods. I think it tastes even better the second day.

A small head of Napa cabbage
2 tomatoes
a bunch of scallions
a lime
olive oil
salt and pepper to taste 

Thinly slice the head of cabbage, the tomatoes and the scallions. Mix gently in a large bowl. Squeeze on the juice of the lime and a couple tablespoons of olive oil. Mix thoroughly. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Barb: My husband has made this delicious Tuna and White Bean Salad for years. The recipe is in Boiled Over, the second Maine Clambake Mystery–which also contains the recipe for the Tomato Salad shown in the photo.

Richelle’s Tuna and White Bean Salad

tuna bean saladThis is a light, fresh-tasting salad. When Richelle comes off a long road trip, she can put this dish together from items readily available in her pantry.

2 6-ounce cans light tuna packed in olive oil

1/2 medium onion, diced

1 clove garlic, minced

1 15-ounce can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

1 tablespoon olive oil

1-2 teaspoons red wine vinegar

salt and pepper to taste

Drain oil from tuna and put in bowl. Flake tuna with a fork. Add onion and garlic and stir with fork. Add beans and gently fold together. Dress with oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Allow flavors to marinate at room temperature for thirty minutes to an hour. If refrigerated, best to allow to come to room temperature before serving.

IMG_0182Sherry: I love Greek salad. This is about as easy as it gets. Combine cucumber, tomato, red onion, and feta cheese with romaine lettuce  — add anything else you like to it too. For the dressing whisk together lemon juice (one fresh lemon is perfect but you can add more to taste), 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon oregano. We love garlic so I usually mash a bit in too. Pour over the lettuce and serve. This amount of dressing serves one but it’s easy to double.


Edith: Well, dang it all. I was going to include MY go-to Greek salad – which differs from Sherry’s by having gold cherry tomatoes, NO ONION, no lettuce, no dressing but good

tomatobasilmozzarellolive oil, and has fresh oregano leaves. But since she dibbed it, how about this?

Who wouldn't want to share Prosecco with cheesemaker Luca?
Who wouldn’t want to share Prosecco with cheesemaker Luca?

Caprese Salad

Wolf Meadow Farm fresh mozarella
Large whole basil leaves
Slices of large ripe heirloom tomatoes.
(Are you dying yet?)
Layer each trio into stacks, drizzle with good olive oil and spritz of excellent balsamic, sprinkle on some sea salt, and serve with crusty bread and a glass of Prosecco. Yum.

Julie: My favorite salad this summer? Watermelon, feta cheese, olives, a tiny bit of mint (optional). So. Good.

Sherry: Edith you need to tell us about your Greek salad too — there’s always room for more Greek Salad!

Readers: What is your favorite salad?

11 Thoughts

  1. I’m not super big on salads – expect for fruit salads. I don’t really care what is in those, I will eat them all day long if I can.

  2. Crispy Chicken Salad

    One-half head of lettuce, torn
    One medium tomato, diced
    10 large olives, sliced
    1/2 cup shredded cheddar
    1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
    3 breaded chicken fingers or patties (the ones you microwave), cooked and cubed
    Ranch dressing

    Toss all together. Makes two dinner-sized servings.

  3. My favorite salad is lobster and mayo. Period. Okay, if I have a New England style hot dog roll—which I won’t until I move back home—I’ll stuff the settlement into one of those. That’ll be good with fresh lemonade with a sprig of mint squeezed gently and left to float. Perfect unless it’s nighttime when gin gets added.

  4. These all look yummy! I made a Caprese salad for dinner the other night and served it with chicken breasts (I bought the thin, boneless ones) breaded with Italian bread crumbs and pan fried in olive oil.

    My favorite salad is at the Max & Erma’s chain restaurant: the Santa Fe salad. It has mixed greens, diced tomatoes, shredded cheddar, a grilled chicken breast, tortilla strips and ranch dressing.

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