Sometimes I feel a little silly listing salad ingredients for a recipe, but I also think its good to remind people who might not think of it that you can put all kinds of delicious, seasonal ingredients, year-round, in a bowl with some lettuce and other salad staples and have a great meal or side dish. Salads do not have to remain in the boring old domain of iceburg lettuce, cucumbers and tomatoes, the kind of thing you often get served at restaurants. And with the growing season in full swing and so many great, fresh veggies in our local box, maybe this recipe will help you think “inside the box”, as it were, and make a delicious summer salad!
Strawberry Summer Salad
(I do not typically list amounts for salad ingredients, as it depends on your preference and how many you are preparing your salad for)
Red leaf lettuce
Green leaf lettuce
Raw fresh snap peas
Carrot (admittedly not in season in early summer- optional!)
Green onions (just the green parts)
Strawberry Cream Vinaigrette
1. Rinse all of your veggies well, and the strawberries, too (be gentle!).
2. Tear lettuce, shell peas, shred carrots, dice your onion greens, and slice your tomatoes, cucumbers, and strawberries.
3. Add the strawberry cream vinaigrette and toss gently just before serving.
I served this as a side dish, but it would make a fantastic meal served with some cooked chicken or chilled black or kidney beans and some bread and butter. Enjoy!
-Nicole Marsh-Mueller loves to cook locally and organically for her family and blogs at The Armchair Housewife
photo credit: Nicole Marsh-Mueller