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With July, we officially welcome the summer season. This means there is lots of sunshine, pool parties, toes digging into the sandy beach, and of course, scrumptious salad recipes. We celebrate the Fourth of July with family and friends and tend to celebrate over a delicious BBQ! Make sure to check out our blog with some of the best tips for making the most flavorful homemade rubs and sauces! National Wine and cheese day is also on July 25th, so we are excited to share tips on how to pair them both for perfect harmony!
New places teach us so much more about food and the various ways to prepare and eat it.
We took a family vacation last month to Belize. We had never been there as a family before, but we thoroughly enjoyed our vacation. Everyone loved meeting the beautiful people and ate plenty of coconuts and tropical fruit. I even got to try a new fruit called mamey. It was like an explosion happening to my taste buds. It was like I tasted peach, cantaloupe, sweet potatoes, dates, and cherries all in one fruit!
I met Maria and her staff who cooked for us. Her food was so good, and she only used the freshest ingredients. Nothing came out of a can, and she had homemade tortillas ready for us every morning. They were soft, fluffy, and the best I have ever eaten. She made it look effortless! We were also super lucky as she graciously shared her recipes for a perfect creamy guacamole and salsa Verde. Now, I will share them with you! Believe me, don’t bother looking anymore. This recipe is going to be your favorite too!
On the home front, I spend lots of time in the garden- nurturing and caring for growing plants.
We even planted a new fig tree. Unfortunately, I had to cut down part of the peach tree since it got a virus, and I didn’t want to use chemicals to treat it. The vegetable garden is flourishing with zucchini and English peas. Our tomato plants are also growing out of control!
We know that the summer months can be hectic with lots of plans, travel, and family time, but you can always make time for trying new dishes and recipes.
Here are the top 5 salad recipes to try this July.
1. Grilled corn salad
Corn is a summer crop, meaning grilled corn salad is a perfect seasonal recipe. This easy-to-make salad has sweet kernels of lightly charred grilled corn and other fresh vegetables, including cucumber, tomatoes, mint, and parsley. The herbs and aromatic corn have complementary flavors that make this one of the most addictive summer salads. Grilled corn salad is the perfect side salad for a BBQ since the light and sweet corn is an excellent palate cleanser from greasy steaks and burgers. You can’t go wrong with this salad.
2. Arugula with fennel, orange, and goat cheese salad
Arugula with fennel, orange, and goat cheese has all the elements of an ideal salad. With peppery arugula, licorice-tasting fennel, bright and sweet orange, and salty goat cheese, there is no doubt that you will fall in love with this summer salad. This salad is amazing for your taste buds. It is a very visually pleasing salad with a mix of strong colors such as dark green and bright orange. In addition, it also calls for blood orange since it gives the salad an extra pop of red.
3. Fattoush salad
Fattoush salad is a traditional Middle Eastern salad, and the key ingredient is lightly toasted pita chips. The pita chips are the star of the dish and even give the salad its name as the Arabic word for crumbs is ‘‘fatteh.’ They are fried until crispy, and they give the salad a toasted flavor. Although the Fattoush salad has fried pita chips, it is still incredibly nutritious with a wide array of herbs and vegetables. This salad has romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, parsley, mint, green onion, radishes, and purslane leaves. All the ingredients are brought together by an amazing salad dressing made with traditional Middle Eastern ingredients like pomegranate molasses and sumac.
4. Asian Coleslaw salad with rice vinegar
Asian Coleslaw salad with rice vinegar is tangy, sweet, and refreshing. Although coleslaw is largely a Western dish, the ingredients give this salad an Asian twist. Sesame oil, rice vinegar, and green onion are commonly used in Asian cuisine, making this dish aromatic with flavor. This light and vibrant coleslaw are perfect for scorching hot weather as the sweet slaw will cool you down. We even add a bit of mayonnaise to give the slaw just the right amount of creaminess.
5. Tomato Panzanella salad
Salad with bread? Yes, please! This Tomato Panzanella salad is a recipe straight out of Tuscany, Italy. The dried pieces of baguette are the perfect salad addition as they soak up all the flavors from the salad dressing. Panzanella salad has plenty of summer flavors. It is a traditional Italian salad that is eaten on hot summer days. This tomato Panzanella salad is similar to the appetizer bruschetta; it is made with halved cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, basil, parsley, and mozzarella cheese.
These salad recipes are extremely versatile.
Add them to your dinner table, summer picnic spread, or BBQ as a side dish, and share them with your family and friends! All these salad recipes taste absolutely divine and are ideal for summer. Do try it out and let me know how it turns out:)
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