I am so excited summer is here! Well it’s not officially summer but the weather has been gorgeous. We have had temperatures reaching the 80’s recently which is awesome. Because we are now homeowners with a backyard of our own it means we can have outdoor barbecues and lunches which I have been looking forward to. What better meal to eat in the summer other than a fresh homemade salad with all the fixings. Today I am sharing the ultimate summer salad recipe.
With a salad like this you don’t even need to eat anything else with it. Even my hubby who has a healthy appetite was pretty satisfied. So, what ingredients does one add to the ultimate summer salad? Lettuce is a must because it adds volume to the salad and is the base ingredient. I like Romaine lettuce for this because of its firmness, dark green color and slight savory taste compared to iceberg lettuce.
Another must in this salad are red bell peppers, both fresh and fire roasted. I used 2 whole red bell peppers and one fire roasted. Red bell peppers are sweet and loaded with vitamins and minerals. Of all the bell pepper colors the red one is my favorite. I think a lot of people would agree with me.
Last of the must have ingredients for the salad are cucumbers. Cucumbers add some bite and great texture to any salad. Instead of slicing them the usual way in circles, try to slice them diagonally. Slicing them diagonally will expose more surface area and looks better in my opinion.
The rest of the ingredients can be substituted and switched around as you prefer. I added cherry tomatoes, red onions, fresh basil, shredded carrots, blueberries, capers and fresh mozzarella. The result is a absolutely delicious and beautiful salad. No busy dressing needed here. I used a garlic and lemon favored Carlson Olive oil packet which was all I needed.
Do you like salads? What is your favorite salad combination? I would love to learn from you in the comment box below. I have the perfect drink to serve this summer, check out the recipe here
- 2 heads romaine lettuce roughly chopped
- 2 Persian cucumbers sliced diagonally
- 1/2 large red onion sliced
- 2 red bell pepper sliced
- 1 cup roasted red peppers sliced
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 2 cups cherry tomatoes halved
- 1 mozzarella ball sliced
- 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
- 1 cup basil leaves torn
- 2 tbsp capers
- salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 packet Carlson Olive Your Heart lemon flavored oil
- 1 packet Carlson Olive Your Heart garlic flavored oil
- Add all vegetables in a large bowl. Season with salt, pepper then top with mozzarella cheese. Drizzle with olive oil and serve.