I find myself looking forward to summertime - not the heat (I could do without that), but the salads my body begins to crave!
Living in southern California means we have pretty much year 'round access to lots of decent fresh veggies and fruit (and some really horrible ones, too). But when summer arrives, the bounty becomes almost overwhelming and I want to enjoy it all.
I’ve been making a lot of bean salads: basically a variety of fresh beans (steamed), with diced red onion and red bell pepper, then some Italian salad dressing and into the fridge to marinate for a bit. It’s at its peak about 24-hours after being made.
Of course, there’s always caprese, too: sliced tomatoes (juicy, straight from the plant!), with a chiffonade of fresh basil, some finely minced shallots, drizzle of California Extra Virgin and a good balsamic, then grindings of sea salt and black pepper.
I default to my favorite curried potato salad, too, and often roast veggies for a thrown together warm salad.
Your favorite summertime salads?