Summer Celebration Salad
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.
69 Responses to “Summer Celebration Salad”
This salad looks amazing, Julianna! I love all the vibrant colors! And I always love fruits and mint in my salads. Thanks for sharing! It’s definitely a “celebration” =)
Oh thanks, Andrea! So happy to celebrate with you! 😀
A wonderful salad Julianna, full of great flavors and textures; so refreshing with the addition of the fruits. Happy Fiesta 🙂
Hi Linda! Yes, I just love salads, but when we add fruit to them, they become so amazing! Happy FF to you too! 😀
What a lovely and so beautiful salad, Chef Julianna – oh so vibrant and healthy! This could balance all the naughty stuffs for today’s FF. Enjoy and have fun! 😉
Aha Jhuls! You see the method to my madness, don’t you! I just can’t get any thing past you 😉 You have fun too! See you in the pool?
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Thanks ever so much for the reblog, chef! 😀
This just looks sooo perfect, love all the different colors.
Thanks Lou! This one is all about the colour! 🙂
I do indeed! I love it all! The colours of health and nature are just so beautiful 🙂 your salad looks lovely xx
Hey Elaine! Yup, you can just feel the health pouring into the body! 😀
Of course! Nothing but the finest for my FF buddies! 😀
That salad yells fiesta Chef! Just gorgeous colors. Love it. Another thing I loved in your salad is the addition of sumac. How creative is that :).
Oh, isn’t sumac just the greatest? I have just started using it and I am hooked! Thanks so much for the lovely comment, Sonal! 🙂
Omg, what a showstopper indeed! Amazing colors and presentation, Julianna. This would be the first dish I run to at a dinner party! Happy Friday!
Thanks Ngan! So glad you would run to this dish! Now I know you are truly a healthy foodie at heart! 😀
What a wonderful, colorful salad!
Thanks, Nancy! 😀
Julianna, this really is a showstopper of a salad and just perfect for our pool party too! The vibrant colours are just stunning and perfect shown off in that blue bowl. I love the flavours you have going on in the salad dressing – sumac, honey and raspberry vinegar sound just perfect! Thank you so much for sharing this with us – Happy Fiesta Friday!
Oh Selma! Your words are so kind and I really think you are just the consummate hostess! BTW, I have been keeping my eye on Jhuls for you 😉 All is quiet, but it’s early yet. Just wait till she gets a bit more sugar in her
so pretty and colorful!
Well, thanks so much!
What an amazingly colorful salad!..I’m sure it tastes as good as it looks.
Oh trust me, it is just yummy! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment! I really appreciate it! 😀
That salad is a work of art, almost to beautiful to eat but then all the ingredients are so delicious how could you not.
Thanks so much for the lovely comment, Suzanne! I have been having a lot of fun lately playing with my food and pretending to be artsy! 🙂
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Delightfully colorful, healthy and inviting.
Hi Fae! Thanks so much! I was really hoping it would be inviting. 🙂
That looks like summer in a bowl Julianna!! So, so gorgeous! Celebration indeed 🙂
Thanks Naina! I should re-name it “Summer in a Bowl” That is great! 😀
With those berries love this salad:-)
Aw thanks, that is berry nice of you! 😀
Gorgeous colours and what a refreshing salad with berries and veggies. …fantastic treat for a hot weather. …
Thanks Chitra! Yes, I can never eat enough salad in my life, but especially in the summer with the hot weather!
Beautiful, cheerful and vibrant salad with so many colors of summer 🙂
Oh, thanks so much, Judi!
I saw these gorgeous beets in a blog post last year and decided to try my luck. The snails devoured most of the greens but I may have something beneath the soil in a couple of places. Dare I look?
Happy FF 🙂
Yes, just go for it! Dig them up, and hope for the best! Happy Fiesta to you too! 😀
Oh so pretty Julianna – what a gorgeous dish to adorn the table!
Thanks Margot! I just can’t get enough of the colours of summer!
What a beautiful and colorful salad, Julianna!
Thanks so much Patty! Really appreciate it! 😀
WOW ! What great colours … and what a creation ! The mint and basil from your garden ??
Hey Les! Thanks for the lovely comment! I wish that the herbs were from my garden, but no, I bought them at a great veggie market not far from me!
Julianna, this looks sooooo amazing! I love salads, especially ones with so many yummy things in them. This looks like the perfect way to celebrate that last bit of summer. 🙂
Wow chef!! This such a vibrant and gorgeous looking Salad.. Balanced with citrus berries and fibrous beets..:)
It is a real celebration!! I love the wonderful flavours and colours! Just beautiful!!!
[…] Summer celebration Salad from Julianna @Foodie On Board. In Jhuls’ words, “Considering that summer months will soon bid their goodbye, I know everyone would want to spend the last moments of summer with fabulous summer recipes and this salad [fits the bill]. It should definitely be on the table. It’s a delicious, healthy, and beautiful salad!” […]
Such vibrant colors, stunning! Doesn’t look too bad to eat either 🙂
Yes indeed! Those are colours I have been craving to put together into a salad for awhile now! 😀
What a beautiful salad, probably the prettiest I have seen.
Hi Cheri! Thanks so much for your kind comment! 🙂
Can healthy food look so beautiful. Amazing 🙂
Oh yes, I think that the brilliant colours are there to let us know just how healthy it is! 😀
OH WOW!!! This looks amazing Julianna. I LOVE salads, all kinds, particularly ones that are not just tasty but are also full of color too. Yours is certainly a winner in both respects. Reblogging this too, thanks so much. 🙂
Oh, thanks so much, Geraldine! I just love eating a plate of vibrant colours, knowing how healthy they are! Glad you agree with me! Don’t you just love the bounty of summer? 😀
PS: LOVE the new look here too, your header is such fun!!! 😉
So glad! Marielle is an amazing artist and I just love that she was able to capture my vision! I give her all of the credit! 😀
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Salads can be healthy and gorgeous too! This one certainly is proof of that. I’m putting the ingredients on my grocery list for this week. Thanks to Chef Julianna for sharing this great late summer recipe. Yummmm…..
Sure hope you like it, Geraldine! 😀
I do like that you used raw beets, they keep all their vitamins in! Beautiful creation, Chef! 🙂
Yes, I just love raw beets in salads! So delicious and healthy too! 😀
Wow, this is gorgeous!!! Beautifully presented, and it sounds delicious!
Thanks so much, Linda! I appreciate it!
The salad looks absolutely delicious, very fresh and perfect for a summers day! The colors alone are stunning and so inviting 🙂