It isn’t quite summer yet, but the sun is shining and salads will help you fit back into your short-shorts. I am not a huge salad eater, so when I am making a salad it needs to be overly delicious to make up for its less than satisfying, over-abundance of lettuce. I chose my top three favourites and have shared the recipes with you below.

Cilantro-Lime Cucumber Salad

| Servings: 5-6 |

photo via: thefoodcharlatan

Ingredients

2 cucumbers, very finely sliced
1 jalapeno, seeded and finely diced
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
black pepper to taste
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 tablespoons minced cilantro, to taste

Directions

  1. Dice the jalapeno and garlic and add to a medium-sized bowl.
  2. Add 3 tablespoons of fresh lime juice, crushed red pepper, salt, and pepper. Use a whisk to incorporate the 3 tablespoons olive oil. Set aside.
  3. Finely slice the cucumbers. A mandolin is recommended, but a sharp knife will also work. Add the cucumbers to the dressing and stir together.
  4. Finely mince the cilantro and add it to the bowl. Stir to combine. You can either let it sit in the fridge to marinate for a couple hours, or serve immediately.

 

Strawberry Spinach Salad

| Servings: 4 |

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Ingredients 

6 cups baby spinach
2 cups strawberries, sliced
1-2 avocado, peeled, pitted, and diced
4 ounces crumbled feta cheese
1/4 cup chopped pecans
half a small onion, thinly sliced
poppy seed dressing (I just bought a bottle, but you could make it yourself)

Directions

Toss all the ingredients together, add dressing just before you serve the salad.

 

 Arugula and Pear Salad

| Servings: 4 |

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Ingredients

5 to 6 cups arugula, cleaned and dried
1 pear, thinly sliced
1/2 cup walnut halves
1 lemon
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Asiago cheese – peeled (you could also crumble blue cheese instead)

Directions

Combine arugula and pear in a salad bowl, add nuts then dress the salad with lemon juice and olive oil, salt and pepper. Top salad with lots of cheese.

 

What is your favourite summer salad?

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