19 July 2011

Blog Hopping: Summer Salads

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I know it is summer when the only thing that sounds even remotely appetizing is some sort of salad. The fact that this month's blog hop is about salads is completely self serving.

This salad is best when compiled over the course of a few days. I wouldn't recommend making it all in one sitting. That would just take too long. And that's not really what we're going for when it comes to summer salad, right?

So here's the thing. On the night that you saute fresh green beans from the farmer's market for dinner, make sure you set a few aside for a salad. If you roast some baby beets the next day, squirrel away a few of those too. Or maybe you have Swiss Chard coming out of your ears via your garden? You get the idea.

After you have a fridge full of leftover veggies, boil some Israeli Couscous as your base and add your leftovers. Here's what was in my salad on day one and then day two:

DSC_4751 Israeli Couscous
Green Beans
Basil
Scallions
Toasted Almonds
Lemon juice + olive oil

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Israeli Couscous
Green Beans
Beets
Pistachios
Dressing from this amazing salad (P.S. I make a giant batch of this dressing a couple of times a summer and keep in my fridge. You know. For emergencies.)

Easy right? The key is to remember to set aside all those awesome summer veggies that you're cooking up for dinner so that you can enjoy them later. And while we're talking about summer veggies, let's take a minute to talk about the perfection of roasted baby beets. Seriously I eat those things like they're candy.

Are you ready for your favorite part of blog hopping? Here's the list of ladies who are sharing their favorite summer salads this month. Enjoy!

Lee
Stephanie
Kimberlee
Sara
Christina
Thanks so much for participating ladies!


Here's how "Blog Hopping" works:
• Each blogger participating will post on their own blog about a pre-chosen theme. (Blog Hopping is all about discovering new blogs!)
• Posts will go up on the 20th of each month
• At the end of the post, the bloggers participating will be linked so you all can "hop" around and check out the other ideas/recipes.
• And most exciting: YOU are invited to participate. Please contact me if you are interested.




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11 comments:

Lee Currie said...

GREAT idea, Miranda. Definitely trying this :)

jillconyers said...

My weekly menu often includes couscous. Great ideas for leftovers!

Laura@livingabigstory said...

I *love* beets ... hated them till I lived in Australia, but they put them in sandwiches and hamburgers (burger with the lot) - sounds crazy but it's actually delish.

Ok, now that I've looked all over your blog I'm a new follower ... I *love* your site! I found you through Barefoot in the Kitchen (who I also just found).

Christina said...

Yum! Thanks for sharing, Miranda!

Hannah said...

Oh, yum! We are growing beets. Will have to try that out.

Jason & Makenna said...

You had me till the beets. Yuck! :) There are seriously only two veggies I can't eat....beets and collard greens. The rest of the salad looks beautiful. :) Never thought of throwing sauteed beans in. Great idea.

Nicolette said...

The beet salad looks great with the pistachios on top- delish! Great way to use gorgeous summer produce.

michelle said...

Okay, this looks amazing.

Kimberlee said...

I'm still trying to get over the fact that you eat beets like candy. That had to have been a typo. Me and beets, we don't really like each other.

Jaime said...

Great idea. I need more recipes like that. :)

Chalet said...

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