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!!
Colorful Seasonal Salad
- 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
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
- juice of ½ lemon
- zest of one lemon
- 2 tbs chopped parsley
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- 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.
Sharing this salad with Friday Potluck , Any One Can Cook, Salad Spread
So colorful and appetizing! A wonderful creation.
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.
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.)
You could try apples .. green or red 🙂
Salads are always so refreshing during summer. The heat is unbearable!
My first visit here.....you have such a beautiful blog...love the clicks here...its so colorful n' appealing...:)
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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 🙂
Nash at Plateful
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!
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!
I gave you a shout out in my own blog and wanted to let you know. Hope that is okay.
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Ah, your Arvind sounds like my Oliver! 🙂 How will we ever get them to eat their greens?! Gorgeous salad, dear Kankana.
Yeah 🙂 except Oliver is a kid and Arvind is a grown up Man should know the value of greens !!
Delicious colourful salad ! Liked your blog too!
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Looks super delicious and so healthy!!
beautiful flavours delicious looking salad
I wait all week for our Sunday market too! Your pictures are lovely and that salad looks just perfect for an easy summer meal!
Such an eye-catching salad...so bright and beckoning. Sounds absolutely delicious, too!
So pretty.....that just makes a salad that much tastier to me. 😉
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
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your trip to the farmer's market sounds fun ! yes, those carrots look gorgeous !! the salad looks so vibrant & colorful 😀
Indeed colorful and refreshing...loved ur clicks.
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