The vibrant colours of summer! It just doesn’t get any better! There are so many reasons why I might pick a particular recipe for my blog, but today’s recipe simply came down to the glorious colours! From the very moment I laid my eyes on this recipe in Whitewater Cooks with Friends by Shelley Adams, I felt compelled to recreate this show-stopper in my own kitchen. This salad is destined to become the centre-piece of any barbeque or buffet you will have this summer! Just search out the freshest ingredients to make the flavours really sing. I had to do a bit of searching for the striped beets, but I was ecstatic when I found them in my local organic market. As I was putting it all together, I realized that the ingredient list is pretty flexible. Find your favourites berries and fruits and piece them all together on a colourful platter. Creating this dish reminded me of quilting – arranging the colours in the most attractive fashion.
Since I want to share the abundance of summer with my Fiesta Friday buddies, I have decided to bring a lovely large platter of this salad to the party! Thanks again to our generous host, Angie @ The Novice Gardener for organizing the best blog party in the blogosphere and to the co-hosts who are there to make the party run smoothly, pour the drinks, keep the music happening and make sure that we all get a taste of everything! You guys rock!
Summer Celebration Salad
6 cups organic salad greens
¼ red onion, finely sliced
½ yellow pepper, finely sliced
½ red pepper, finely sliced
1 medium red beet, finely shredded
1 medium striped beet, finely shredded
1 medium yellow beet, finely shredded
3 mini cucumbers, finely sliced
6 radishes, finely sliced
1 cup fresh raspberries
1 cup fresh blackberries
1 pomegranate, seeds only
½ cup fresh mint leaves
1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted
1/3 cup olive oil
juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon red wine or raspberry vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
½ teaspoon sumac
salt to taste
freshly ground black pepper to taste
In a large salad bowl or plate, layer the salad ingredients in an attractive manner.
Combine the salad dressing ingredients in a blender and process until they are incorporated.
Drizzle the dressing over the salad just before serving and toss gently. Enjoy the bliss of summer in every bite!
You can substitute whatever summer fruit or berries you love. Just enjoy the abundance of the season.