Colorful Seasonal Salad

carrot fruit salad 3

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.

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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!

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

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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!!

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carrot fruit salad 3

Colorful Seasonal Salad

Ingredients

  • 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
  • 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

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. For the dressing, combine everything in a glass bowl and let it rest for 15 to 20 minutes to let the flavor meld.
  4. Arrange the greens, roasted vegetables and the grapes in a serving bowl.
  5. Whisk the dressing properly and pour it on the salad just before serving.
  6. Serve it warm at room temperature.

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  • Grishma
    Grishma
    June 29, 2011 at 10:22 PM

    BEAUTIFUL clicks!! Might make tomorrow for lunch!!

  • Maureen
    Maureen
    June 29, 2011 at 10:26 PM

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

  • Priyanka
    Priyanka
    June 29, 2011 at 10:54 PM

    Indeed very colorful and refreshing

  • Maris(In Good Taste)
    Maris(In Good Taste)
    June 30, 2011 at 2:02 AM

    Perfect salad!

  • Krithi
    Krithi
    June 30, 2011 at 4:48 AM

    Perfect salad, soooo colorful and pleasing..

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  • Ananda Rajashekar
    Ananda Rajashekar
    June 30, 2011 at 4:49 AM

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

  • Joanne
    Joanne
    June 30, 2011 at 5:53 AM

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

  • aipi
    aipi
    June 30, 2011 at 6:33 AM

    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
    Ameena
    June 30, 2011 at 6:59 AM

    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!

  • foodwanderings
    foodwanderings
    June 30, 2011 at 7:25 AM

    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? 🙂

  • Treat and Trick
    Treat and Trick
    June 30, 2011 at 8:08 AM

    Beautiful clicks and absolutely love this healthy platter!

  • Tina (PinayInTexas)
    Tina (PinayInTexas)
    June 30, 2011 at 9:56 AM

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

  • Champa
    Champa
    June 30, 2011 at 9:56 AM

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

  • Apu
    Apu
    June 30, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    The fresh carrots and fruits look so yummy!!

  • Maria @ Scandifoodie
    Maria @ Scandifoodie
    June 30, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    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
    tigerfish
    June 30, 2011 at 7:08 PM

    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
    Vimitha
    June 30, 2011 at 8:49 PM

    Beautiful and tempting clicks… Salad looks so refreshing…

  • Manu
    Manu
    July 1, 2011 at 3:34 AM

    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
    Tiffany
    July 1, 2011 at 6:30 AM

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

  • Meghna
    Meghna
    July 1, 2011 at 8:44 AM

    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!!

  • Malar Gandhi
    Malar Gandhi
    July 1, 2011 at 8:54 AM

    Indeed colorful and refreshing…loved ur clicks.

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  • thepickyeater | a spoonful of yumm
    thepickyeater | a spoonful of yumm
    July 1, 2011 at 10:30 AM

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

  • Kitchen Belleicious
    Kitchen Belleicious
    July 1, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    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
    briarrose
    July 1, 2011 at 12:28 PM

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

  • Heather @girlichef
    Heather @girlichef
    July 1, 2011 at 3:06 PM

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

  • sarah
    sarah
    July 1, 2011 at 3:53 PM

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

  • torviewtoronto
    torviewtoronto
    July 1, 2011 at 8:20 PM

    beautiful flavours delicious looking salad

  • lipsy
    lipsy
    July 1, 2011 at 11:27 PM

    Looks super delicious and so healthy!!
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  • shobha kamath
    shobha kamath
    July 2, 2011 at 2:44 AM

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

  • the good soup
    the good soup
    July 2, 2011 at 4:30 AM

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

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      July 2, 2011 at 9:17 AM

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

  • Shumaila
    Shumaila
    July 2, 2011 at 11:19 PM

    Hey Kankana,

    I gave you a shout out in my own blog and wanted to let you know. Hope that is okay.

    You can check the post here:
    http://wp.me/p10soU-Mr

    Happy Blogging,
    Shumaila

  • cakewhiz
    cakewhiz
    July 2, 2011 at 11:37 PM

    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!

  • Nash at Plateful
    Nash at Plateful
    July 3, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    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!

  • Umm Mymoonah
    Umm Mymoonah
    July 3, 2011 at 8:13 PM

    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 🙂

  • Umm Mymoonah
    Umm Mymoonah
    July 3, 2011 at 8:52 PM

    Congratulation! Your recipe got featured in this week Any One Can Cook. I couldn’t display your recipe image in my blog, if you like to, please send it to me at [email protected]

  • Miriam
    Miriam
    July 4, 2011 at 7:12 AM

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

  • ShopCookMake
    ShopCookMake
    July 4, 2011 at 4:58 PM

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

  • Nicky V.
    Nicky V.
    July 6, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    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 Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      July 6, 2011 at 2:47 PM

      You could try apples .. green or red 🙂

  • Edgard
    Edgard
    July 8, 2011 at 12:04 AM

    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
    Rosa
    September 1, 2011 at 6:33 AM

    So colorful and appetizing! A wonderful creation.

    Cheers,

    Rosa