My Favorite Summer Salad

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This salad may look a little familiar. It may remind you of my Spring Salad creation but in terms of summer vegetable freshness, this one is a winner by far! I have been trying to pick up fresh produce at Farmer’s Markets around the city whenever possible. I prefer to buy local when I can, you can seriously taste the difference – plus it’s fun to talk to the person that harvested your vegetables right before selling them to you, right?!

Summer Salad

 This salad is all about the veggies. Here’s what’s inside:

  • arugula lettuce mix
  • carrots
  • cucumbers
  • celery
  • grape tomatoes

Fresh

Nothing too crazy, just a classic veggie focus. Not very many ingredients, but you can really taste each and every bite – so full of flavor. I love the crunch of crisp, fresh veggies in the summer! It’s the perfect afternoon treat on a hot summer day.

This salad is also just a great overall base for anything else – you can add cheese, nuts, chicken – anything your heart desires to change things up a bit. Depending on what’s in season, on sale or in your fridge!

crisp veggies

I would also like to formally confess my love for grape tomatoes.

If you have been reading the blog for a while, you may know that tomatoes were not something I would eat {until recently} – my mom doesn’t like them and I never really tried them. The texture sort of freaked me out. Yes, I like tomato sauce & ketchup. Not sure what came over me, but around the time I made my favorite Spring Salad, I just decided I wanted tomatoes in my salad. I bought them, I tried them, I love them.

I am still in the grape tomato phase, working my way up to the bigger ones, but literally I put them on everything – Even my Veggie Stuffed Baked Potato! Don’t know why I waited so long to try them, but I am so glad I did!

a new love for tomatoes

I would also like to share with you my love for the Trader Joe’s Goddess Dressing.

I am not much of a dressing girl, for the most part. Sure it’s tasty & delicious to smother your salad with a creamy dressing, but I would rather save the calories for cheese {or chocolate!} I usually just add a little balsamic or lemon/olive oil to dress my salads, but when I want something creamier, I always reach for the Goddess dressing.

Seriously, this stuff is so good. No artificial colors, flavors or preservatives {and it’s vegan} – it’s just so tasty & delicious. If you haven’t tried it yet, you are missing out!

Goddess Dressing

So there you have it – my favorite Summer Salad creation. Feel free to share your favorite ingredients and/or dressing suggestions! I would love to hear what you are loving!

Summer Yum

 

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What’s your favorite Summer Salad ingredient combination?

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  • Reply Patty O June 4, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Looks yummy, I would add some fresh picked strawberries too! I’m gonna try that Goddess dressing – thanks for sharing!

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