Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Attack of the Salads

The time has come. It really has. It's time for the weedy greens. Time for the lush fruit soaking in a bath of intoxicating vinaigrettes. It's time to throw in the lightly-toasted nuts. And dice all the colors of the bell pepper rainbows. It's time to mix, shake, drizzle and serve: It's salad season. Yeeeehaw! I was reminded of this last weekend at the end of a day of hiking with my girlfriend. As we sat at a restaurant's patio table to treat ourselves to a drink and some nosh after our invigorating exercise, the sun splashed against our menu almost making it difficult to see. But we did each spy one thing at the same time: A crab salad. And fifteen minutes later, as we sipped our cold beers and listened to the live music chanting away from their outdoor stage, we were handed decadent pink crab draped delicately over arugula and garnished with orange wedges and grapes. And it felt like the perfect meal while under the safe keep of the beaming sun. Summer is for being outside and for moving your body. Salads pair so well with both of those.

To celebrate this occasion, I thought I'd highlight a few of my favorite salads that I've posted so far on this blog. To get those creative juices flowing a little bit and just to pay-it-forward to all the blogs I've been scouring the last couple days in an effort to find new greeny, vinaigrettey ideas myself.

Veggie/Bean/Chicken Quinoa Bowl Salad (Here)

Simple Summer Raspberry Salad (Here)

Orzo Chicken Pasta Salad (Here)

Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad (Here)

Mason Jar Asian Chicken Salad (Here)

Thai Pickled Cucumber (Here)

Grilled Chicken & Veggies Mediterranean Salad (Here)

My goal for an upcoming salad is to try to incorporate some grilled fruit. I've heard that's an amazing treat.

What's your favorite warm weather salad?
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SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I love salad season! Greek orzo is high on my list. I still have a week of freezer soup to get through before I embark on the salad odyssey.

Nadine said...

All of these salads look so wonderful!!!!!!!!! I love Greek salad and salads that have blue cheese and apples in them :) I also love asian salads with some type of peanut sauce flare.

Ashley Lillis said...

Your veggie/bean/chicken quinoa salad looks so delicious, and I'm still drooling over the orzo chicken pasta salad that you posted recently! I really need to just make big salads one week and use that for lunch!

BLovedBoston said...

I'm a huge fan of salads year round - but especially now!! I've always wanted to try a mason jar salad, but somehow it's never worked but I do have mason jars I can try now!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

The Girl who Loved to Write said...

Oh my goodness, these all sound so good!!

Pat Hatt said...

Chicken always work for me indeed. Use that spinach and broccoli haha

Samantha said...

Yummy!! I love salad!! And all food really. Haha!!

Evelina said...

All of these look SO delicious. I need to eat more salads because they can be so tasty and filling
Evelina @ Fortunate House

julie @ jewelswandering.com said...

Ok, my stomach is totally grumbling... Yumms

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

grilled fruit?! interesting. mmm. all of these salads look really delicious, i love trying new salads at restaurants and stuff but at home i am exceptionally boring - spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, peppers, onions and dressing. every time lol.