At the first signs of summer, I immediately start adding berries and watermelon to our dinner salads. Sasha and I even have an inside joke about it, as he will ask every single day what we’re going to be eating that evening, knowing that the answer will be “summer salad.”
Our meal times tend to involve a big bowl of vegetarian salad, and then Sasha will add meat to his and Isla’s dishes. In order to keep things interesting, I try to vary up my “summer salads,” so that we’re not eating the same thing day in and day out (although, as a creature of habit, I wouldn’t mind it!).
Three delicious summery salad combinations include:
- Berry-Balsamic Salad: combine fresh spinach with blueberries, strawberries, cranberries, almonds and feta and top with my favorite dressing: balsamic vinaigrette.
- Spicy-Sweet Tropical Salad: a lettuce blend topped with mango, pineapple, red onion, green pepper, jalapeno and pumpkin seeds, finished off with mango dressing.
- Mediterranean-Inspired Summer Salad: combine watermelon, cucumber, radish, feta, chickpeas and falafel with a bed of kale and drizzle with lemon vinaigrette dressing.
You can find all of these delicious ingredients at all Salata locations (for a limited time!). I visited the City Centre location this week and devoured a berry-balsamic salad (pictured below). If you’ve never been to Salata before, you’re missing out. I ate there all of the time on my last work assignment, as they have the most diverse salad bar (a vegetarian’s dream!). Isla was really intrigued by what’s going on and kept looking over at the man making my salad.
Have you tried any summer salads yet? If so, what are your favorite ingredients?
Isla, the blueberry muncher.
This post was sponsored by Salata. All opinions are my own.