June has been and gone in what seems like the blink of an eye. Typically known for being the “flaming” month that contains the longest day of the year, it is usually hot enough that to make us lose our appetites for anything but salad, well that’s often the case for me anyway. But June this year has certainly not been flaming, it has been incredibly damp, and at times incredibly cold. In the hope that July is a little more kind to us temperature wise, here’s a huge selection of salads (and not just of the lettuce variety) to inspire you…
One of my favourites has to be a good old Caesar. Perhaps not the best option if you’re on a diet, but that combination of garlic, croutons and parmigiana makes me choose it every time. Ruby Rhino has a brilliant recipe for an authentic Caesar Dressing, and if you are looking for a decent French Dressing, Crumbs Feed Your Family has the perfect Jam Jar recipe too..
Looking for a slightly different salad that would go well with pretty much anything? How about this fresh Herb Salad from The Beach Hut Cook?…
Imagine it’s a beautiful hot day, and all you really fancy is something light but spicy. How about this gorgeous Green Mango Salad from Peppercorns in my Pocket? Or here’s a great Vietnamese Chicken Salad from MamaCook, and I had to include this punchy Indian Coleslaw from Recipe Junkie (she claims she got the inspiration for this from Rowan Atkinson!?)! Prefer your coleslaw a little less spicy? Then you could try this Simple Coleslaw with a Sweet Balsamic Dressing from Lovely Food.
Is there anything that says summer more than a tomato salad? You could opt for an Italian mozzarella version, Mari at Mari’s World offers the classic Insalata Caprese or a Parma Ham and melon, or how about this Tomato & Vinaigrette Salad from Dragons & Fairy Dust – perfect with a crusty baguette and a big glass of red? I also love the sound of these Stuffed tomatoes with Greek Salad from Lover of Creating Flavours. As we’re talking tomatoes (and as they’re always nice in a Salad), here’s how to make your own perfect sun dried little beauties by Chez Foti.
I love the sound of this unusual combination in Cooking with Bek’s Smoked Trout, Avocado and Pomegranate Salad. A big fan of pomegranate generally? Purple Pumpkin includes plenty of it in her brightly coloured Tropical Rice Salad. Talking of brightly coloured, I loved the addition of purple chive flowers to Cook Sister’s Potato Salad, gorgeous!
I don’t know about you, but I am partial to a warm salad… Not had one before? Then look no further: Fab Food 4 All is first up with her divine looking Warm Salad of Chicken, Bacon and Tarragon … Foodie Laura also has a Spicy Shredded Bacon version, or how about this Warm Brocolli & Cauliflower Salad from Prettily Net? Bangers and Mash Chat also has a great Warm Pasta Salad with Salmon and Courgette (I noticed a beautiful looking Panzanella in her recent posts too!)… There’s also this very hearty British Salad from The Good Stuff, I might even be able to get my Dad to eat that one!
Fancy some fish in your salad? I love the sound of Anyonita Nibbles Grilled Prawn, Corn and Chorizo Salad, or you could try this delicate Edamame and Scallop Salad from Salad Pride, the Mecca of all things Salad.
It is Wimbledon at the moment, so of course I had to give Strawberries a mention. Strawberries go surprisingly well in a salad, and The Frugal Girl shows us how it’s done with this recipe for a simple Strawberry Pear Salad. Or you could add a little chocolate to that mix with a Strawberry Salad with Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar recipe from One World Plate.
Before I go, I just wanted to say a big thank you to my fellow panellists, Kirsten Rodgers, Helen McGinn and Jeanne Horak Druiff for being such good company during our Food Panel at BritMum’s Live last weekend. It was so lovely to meet so many of you as well! And a massive congratulations to Anneli of Delicieux, winner of the BIB 2013 Award for Food. I am going to include her brilliant “Warm Potato and Apple Salad with Black Pudding Crumbs” here in her honour!
As the summer months in the UK are known for the huge variety of outdoor events taking place, August will be all about Festival Food – from Falafel to Fish and Chips, get linking those recipes, and see you next month!