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My New Favorite Summer Salad

July 13, 2012 by Joan Nova in Lunch, Recipe Development, Salads, Summer | 12 Comments

This is more formula than recipe. No strict adherence required. It makes a great lunch, side dish or summer buffet item.

The Formula
Raw vegetables, fresh fruit, mixed herbs, sharp cheese, chopped nuts, salty olives, dressing (with a touch of sweetness) and lots of cracked black pepper.

This Salad
raw corn, minced raw zucchini, minced green pepper,
cherries, nectarine, strawberries

chives, parsley, dill
(whatever you have around).

The Enhancements
gorgonzola cheese, Kalamata olives, chopped almonds

extra virgin olive oil and white balsamic glaze topped with cracked black pepper

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  1. That is one gorgeous salad, Joan. I frequently add fruit to a green-type salad, but never so many at once. Once again, you inspired. Lovely photos as well.
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  2. Oh my gosh, I love the fruit mixed with the vegetables. Health and beauty all together.
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  3. bellini says:

    You always throw things together to make amazing combinations Joan.

  4. My kind of food. Your salad is one of the reasons summer is my favorite time of the year.

    Happy weekend Joan.
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  5. This is an amazing formula for an amazing salad. And oh so you! I completely agree with your flavor concoctions Joan!

    chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors
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  6. This salad looks refreshing and yummy! Lots of summer deliciousness in here!
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  7. Rosa says:

    A beautiful salad! So healthy and tasty. A great combination of fruits and veggies.



  8. Robin Sue says:

    Formulas are great ways to teach people to cook and experiment with the flavors they love. Formulas give permission! This is my kind of salad!
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  9. Ooh Joan this looks healthy and delicious! What a nice salad.

  10. Bel says:

    I love salads that combine vegetables with fruits. Your salad looks beautiful, delicious and healthy. Very nice.
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  11. Katie says:

    Interesting combination of ingredients…definitely not a typical salad. I’ll give this one a go when the weather warms up here!
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