ISSUE 26  |  Independence Day

Recipe Roundup: 5 Favorite Summer Salads

July 03, 2015 1:30 PM

BY Michelle Slatalla

Summer is a season of contradictions: so much delicious fresh food, so little desire to cook. For me, the perfect summer kitchen is one I barely see. Cold drinks and colder salads are the answer. Plus an endless supply of corn on the cob (but that goes without saying).

After conducting extensive taste tests, I’ve rounded up five of my favorite garden-to-table salad recipes:

Above: In Catalonia, they know how to keep cool. I recently traveled all the way to Barcelona for a lesson in how to make the perfect White Bean and Cod Salad. Photograph by Pancho Tolchinsky for Gardenista.

Above: Sweet and sour, a Purslane and Watermelon Salad is just the thing to defeat a heat wave. Photograph by Rebecca Baust for Gardenista.

Above: A lemony dressing turns an Arugula and Proscuitto Salad into a surprise. Photograph via White on Rice Couple.

Above: Warning, obligatory kale salad ahead. Except this one doesn’t taste like a cliché, thanks to the crunchy bits in Erin’s favorite Raw Kale Salad With Apples and Almonds. Photograph by Erin Boyle.

Above: Have we mentioned how much we love corn and tomatoes? And corn? And tomatoes? Throw in some basil and red onion to make our favorite Corn and Tomato Salad. Photograph by Erin Boyle.

For more of our favorite Garden-to-Table Recipes, see our archives for Summer Cocktails and A Perfect Sandwich to Take to the Beach.