Lighten up your table with crisp summer salads


Mixing strawberries and spinach with a balsamic-rosemary vinaigrette is one of the thousands of salad options possible.

Published: Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 02:24 PM.

Making salads is a highlight for summer cooking and there are thousands of recipes for any kind of salad that one can imagine. Salads can be made with fruits, nuts, vegetables, fish, meat, fowl, dairy, grain and so many other foods that it is one of the most creative dishes one can make.

Simple salads use a vinaigrette made with vinegar, spices and olive oil especially EVOO which is the tastiest olive oil. EVOO means Extra Virgin Olive Oil. To make a vinaigrette mix the vinegar and spices together in a small bowl or jar then slowly drizzle in a steady stream of EVOO and whisk or stir to mix thoroughly. The vinaigrette may be kept in a refrigerator for 2-3 weeks.

 A cooking magazine had a photo of an Italian potato, carrot and olive salad in a magazine article about Italy , but they didn’t have the recipe. The salad looked so appetizing that I created my own interpretation of this dish shown below.

The ingredients of a salad are very important yet the salad dressing is what makes the salad special. Here are some salad dressings that may be used.


Basic Vinaigrette

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