Summer Celebration Salad

Summer Celebration Salad

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!

What a Show-Stopper!

What a Show-Stopper!

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.

Don't you just love the colours of summer?

Don’t you just love the colours of summer?


69 Responses to “Summer Celebration Salad”

  1. Jhuls

    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! 😉

    • chefjulianna

      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?

    • chefjulianna

      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! 🙂

  2. Ngan R.

    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!

  3. Selma's Table

    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!

    • chefjulianna

      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 :/

    • chefjulianna

      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! 🙂

  4. flavourphotos

    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 🙂

  5. Les

    WOW ! What great colours … and what a creation ! The mint and basil from your garden ??

    • chefjulianna

      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!

  6. On the road again | Fiesta Friday #30 | The Novice Gardener

    […] 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!” […]

  7. Geraldine

    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. 🙂

    • chefjulianna

      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? 😀

    • chefjulianna

      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! 😀

  8. Geraldine

    Reblogged this on VEGGIES, YARNS & TAILS and commented:
    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…..

  9. petra08

    The salad looks absolutely delicious, very fresh and perfect for a summers day! The colors alone are stunning and so inviting 🙂


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