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Two light but satisfying salads we regularly rotate are:


baby spinach, sliced strawberries, pecan pieces, vinaigrette


romaine hearts, sliced cukes, shredded carrots and radishes, grape tomatoes, champagne dressing (optional)



My MIL's standard salad:


crisp baby greens, peeled pears (sliced), walnut pieces, feta or bleu cheese crumbles, light oil/vinegar dressing (optional)

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We fell in love with a pasta salad here that is very simple:


fresh basil leaves, torn or chopped

fresh mozzarella cut into small pieces

chopped or sliced tomato with the "guts" removed.

panchetta, cooked and chopped

olive oil

a little salt (if needed)



Toss it all together with pasta and let chill for a few hours.

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Different fruit salad: peeled grapefruit, sliced against the segments, arranged on a platter, drizzled with honey and drops of vinegar, topped with thinly sliced sweet red onions and mint chiffonade, sprinkled with sea salt.


Quinoa salad: cooked and cooled quinoa, black beans, corn, chopped fresh cilantro, diced sweet onion and peppers, cumin, smoked paprika, lime juice, rice vinegar, salt, pepper, olive oil. Other additions - cubed avocado, turkey, grape tomatoes, sliced black olives, jalapenos if everyone will enjoy them.


Green salad: Chopped hearts of romaine with fresh berries, sliced orange segments, feta or chevre, sweet onions, walnuts or pecans, drizzled with olive or walnut oil and balsamic vinegar, sprinkled with salt and freshly ground pepper. Tossed gently as it's served.


Fig halves and chevre with an orange-honey-walnut-white balsamic dressing are delicious, easy, and always a hit.


All are twists on the usual "salad" and each is quite refreshing on a hot day. Hope you all have a lovely time! :)

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