Colorful Seasonal Salad

Along with the summer comes my craving for salad. Fresh fruits and fresh vegetables every where and those gorgeous greens .. what more do you need in your platter!

A trip to the Farmer’s Market on a Sunday morning assures me that I have become a ‘foodie’. I preferred to let go of my sleep on a Sunday Morning and that was not normal. I had always loved the extra 15 minutes of morning sleep.. alarm.. snooze.. alarm.. snooze.. ok, get up now!

Last weekend, I was so excited to visit the Farmer’s market that i didn’t even need an alarm. We wanted to be the first one to reach there. With a huge bag, I was all ready to shop.

It was not a very big market but it had almost everything we were looking for. He wanted fruits and I wanted vegetables. Munching on to the bites they had to offer in every stall, staring at some vegetables which I had never seen before and wondering what they were.. all in all, our Sunday morning started pretty amazing.

Those gorgeous beautiful carrots.. just couldn’t take my eyes off them!

And, look at those juicy colorful sweet nectarines and red grapes.. aah so perfect!

I immediately started thinking of a salad recipe and hoping that Arvind was not reading my mind.. he doesn’t like salad. He likes fruits .. lots of it. Given a choice, he can eat fruits for lunch or diner but greens and vegetables doesn’t make him happy.

Hence, I had to improvise.. mix it up 😉

Some vegetables, some fruits with some salad greens. That was a perfect salad and he would eat that .. wouldn’t he? He ate all the fruits neatly leaving most of the vegetables and greens for me.. huh!!

Serves two


  • 4 to 5 sweet nectarines, sliced lengthwise
  • handful of red grapes
  • 4 carrots, peeled and cut lengthwise into quarters
  • handful of mixed salad greens (spinach, arugula, lettuce, endive or whatever comes handy)
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper

For the  Vinaigrette dressing

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • zest of one lemon
  • 2 tbs chopped parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • salt
  • pepper

Directions :

Toss the carrots with some olive oil, salt and pepper and bake it at 400 F for about 20 minutes. Make sure that you don’t crowd the baking pan and keep them in a single layer.

Layer the sliced nectarine in another baking pan, sprinkle some salt on top and drizzle with some olive oil. Bake it at 400F for about 10 minutes.

For the dressing, combine everything in a glass bowl and let it rest for 15 to 20 minutes to let the flavor meld.

Arrange the greens, roasted vegetables and the grapes in a serving bowl.

Whisk the dressing properly and pour it on the salad just before serving.

Serve it warm at room temperature.

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Grishma says:

BEAUTIFUL clicks!! Might make tomorrow for lunch!!

Maureen says:

This is a gorgeous salad! I love including fruit in my salads. 🙂 Looks delicious.

Priyanka says:

Indeed very colorful and refreshing

i can die if i had a bowl of ur salad, wonderful lady 2nd and carrot pic stole my hear 🙂

Joanne says:

these are such fun salad mix-ins! I love that you added both fruits and veggies.

aipi says:

I am a BIG salad person n can survive on salads for days ~ a salad like this for lunch will sure make my day!Absolutely loved your serving platter 🙂
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Ameena says:

I love roasted carrots…I eat them like fries, dipped in ketchup. Is that gross? But seriously, your salad would be perfect for a summer lunch…thank you for the idea!

Kankana, Love this mixed roasted and fresh, beggie and fruit mixed ingredient salad. Looking fresh and I could have it for lunch today if possible, please? 🙂

Beautiful clicks and absolutely love this healthy platter!

Colorful salad indeed, Kankana! Even my daughters who aren’t that fond of salad will surely eat this!

Champa says:

Cool one. You have all of my favorite fruits in this salad.

Apu says:

The fresh carrots and fruits look so yummy!!

It is the highlight of my week to go to the farmers markets or the organic market stall to get fresh produce and see the new season produce. This salad sounds so fresh and tasty!

tigerfish says:

Oh tell me about Farmer’s Market! I get crazy over there too, esp during summer. I have been making some quite salads this summer as well.

Vimitha says:

Beautiful and tempting clicks… Salad looks so refreshing…

Manu says:

What an amazing salad Kankana! I love fruits in salads! And your pictures are breathtaking! My husband does not eat raw veggies… if he see them in his plate… he just eats around them… lol

Tiffany says:

My favorite part of this salad are the roasted carrots! Not only are the colors beautiful… but the textures are awesome too!

Meghna says:

With my healthy eating… I crave for salads these days and this def a keeper…I make dressing in same ways for greens and fruits salads… I love the use of thyme. 2 thumbs up Kankana!!

Indeed colorful and refreshing…loved ur clicks.

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your trip to the farmer’s market sounds fun ! yes, those carrots look gorgeous !! the salad looks so vibrant & colorful 😀

Your blog is just amazing! I love your pics and all the recipes. So glad I came to it! This salad looks exceptional and perfect for the summer. I would love to try it out this weekend with the fam. I love that you used thyme in the dressing- delicious

briarrose says:

So pretty…..that just makes a salad that much tastier to me. 😉

Such an eye-catching salad…so bright and beckoning. Sounds absolutely delicious, too!

sarah says:

I wait all week for our Sunday market too! Your pictures are lovely and that salad looks just perfect for an easy summer meal!

beautiful flavours delicious looking salad

lipsy says:

Looks super delicious and so healthy!!

Delicious colourful salad ! Liked your blog too!
Thanks for visiting my space and your comments.

Ah, your Arvind sounds like my Oliver! 🙂 How will we ever get them to eat their greens?! Gorgeous salad, dear Kankana.

Kankana says:

Yeah 🙂 except Oliver is a kid and Arvind is a grown up Man should know the value of greens !!

Shumaila says:

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cakewhiz says:

my husband hates salads too. he refuses to eat it in any form…lol.
i think your salad looks great… great combination of fruits and greens. oh and that picture of the carrot bunch is awesome!

Totally loved your second and third pictures – such beauties!! I love fresh salad inspirations, especially when they are so colorful and so delicious a treat as this one. Btw, loved the composition of the second shot and those colorful serving platters too. Great job!

Wow! I love everything about this salad, the picture, the colours, the flavours. Truly amazing. Thank you for linking this gorgeous bowl of salad with Any One Can Cook 🙂

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Miriam says:

My first visit here… have such a beautiful blog…love the clicks here…its so colorful n’ appealing…:)

Salads are always so refreshing during summer. The heat is unbearable!

Nicky V. says:

I agree, salads in the summer are beyond refreshing but I don’t have a taste for nectarines since I became pregnant, what can I substitute them for? (Please, please, please don’t say peaches either.)

Kankana says:

You could try apples .. green or red 🙂

Edgard says:

First time on this blog.. This seasonal salad looks very rich in flavors, and I love the fruity mix in it.. and looks very healthy!! I should try it one day good stuff.

Rosa says:

So colorful and appetizing! A wonderful creation.