Spring is here! The weather is warming up, the bar-b-ques are flying open and burgers are being flame broiled. To ensure people across the world get a great balance of meat and veggies, salads are decorating tables and bringing a refreshing addition to every cookout. With it being National SaladMonth, we at O’Live A Little would like to share some of our favorite salad ideas!
When people think of salads, they often think of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, and maybe a topping of cheese. Some folks add peppers and others get fancy with fruits. For those who immediately think of chicken salad and potato salad, don’t worry, we aren’t going to let any of you down today!
Old World Salads
If you’ve visited us on the web this month, or have been following us on Facebook, we’ve been in“classic” salad mode. Old world recipes have stood the test of time and have universal appeal. Click here for a wonderful Cretan Greek Salad with Barley Rusk recipe – there’s a video too!
Tabbuli is another ingredient for creating old world recipes. But, be careful – there is a right way and some “not-so-right” ways of preparing this classic dish. In this recipe for Labanese Tabbuli: Parsley Salad with Wheat, we give some key tips to make it a culinary success. Click here for the video version.
Last but not least, we offer a fabulous recipe for one of our Summertime favorites: Classic Panzanella Tuscan-Style Tomato and Bread Salad. Our only caution with this one; it’s meant to be eaten immediately after preparing. If you do have leftovers or let it sit too long, no worries, we offer some valuable online tips for revitalizing these delectable ingredients. Here’s a video of the preparation steps.
For greens salads, we are talking about the ones built on a base of a leafy green: Lettuce, spinach, cabbage. To this base, you can add any fruit or vegetable you would like and then top it off with herbs such as arugula, cress, mint, parsley, lemon thyme, dill, basil, tarragon, chives, and cilantro.
Here are some of our favorite combinations (feel free to add a complimentary protein to any of these):
- Romaine lettuce, red onion, strawberries, watermelon, cress, and arugula.
- Spring Greens mix, cucumbers, peppers, red onion, chopped hard boil egg, chives.
- Tomatoes, strawberries, avocado, red onion, arugula, lemon thyme, mint, cilantro.
- Carrots, asparagus, peppers, tomatoes, green beans, snap peas, shallots, parsley, tarragon.
- Cucumber, asparagus, cooked and sliced baby potatoes, snap peas, cherry tomatoes, dill, cilantro.
- Avocado, romaine lettuce, lime, jalapenos, red onion, peppers, cilantro.
Don’t Forget the Dressing
- We would be remiss if we didn’t mention that Oil and Vinegar go hand-in-hand with great salads –Especially the green leafy varieties. Here is a recipe for O’Live A Little’s Classic Red Wine Vinegrette.
- Scroll down the page for valuable information on customizing your dressings and exploring new flavor combinations. Go ahead – Get creative.
Adding herbs to fruity salads, that is salads containing mostly fruits, is like a cool breeze floating by you on a hot summer day. In fact, you can also use herbs such as mint, tarragon, and lemon zest to flavor your lemonades and water this Spring and Summer.
Here are some of our favorite combinations:
- Strawberries, watermelon, mandarin oranges, melon, cantaloupe, and basil.
- Pineapple, strawberries, pears, mandarin oranges, and chives.
- Ambrosia with mint
- Watermelon, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, arugula, and cilantro.
For those of you who live by the “I am not a rabbit” philosophy of eating, we know you won’t enjoygreens but have a passion for egg salad, potato salad, and chicken salad. Even deviled eggs are better when you use fresh herbs.Here are some of our favorite combinations:
- Add rosemary to your favorite potato salad.
- Add parsley to your favorite chicken salad.
- Add basil to your favorite egg salad.
- Add cilantro and guacamole to make a new twist on your deviled eggs.
- Add chives to your favorite deviled eggs recipe.