Summer Salads

Commonfare Kitchen Blog Post submitted by Cavell Martin Miller

If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

Good advice when the temps are almost biblical. But, we still have to eat. A walk to your local farmer's market, or down the produce isle offers up the bounty of summer. Beans, beets, broccoli, and more. And how sweet to see red red raspberries, apricots and those juicy Ontario Peaches? My fridge and fruit basket are bursting all summer. My Mom always said that my eyes were bigger than my stomach. Do you buy more fresh produce in the summer, just because it's beautiful, so fresh and a reasonable price? Because I cannot possibly eat it all (but I try!) I have made some great stir frys to use up some slightly flexible vegetables. I bought 4 absolutely perfect yellow zucchini, because they made me so happy to look at them. I may have bought too many quarts of strawberries because those Ontario strawberries actually taste like..well, yes Strawberries. But, we cannot live on fruit and veggie alone. I mean we need food with sustenance, food that keeps us full, longer, but nothing heavy when it's hot. This is perhaps why the salad was invented. I Love salads. All of them. All year. And especially when someone else makes them for me. Here are my favourite cool summer salads. These salads are flavourful, cooling, and just gorgeous. You will be proud to bring them to bbq's or just for you. Every time you open the fridge door, I bet you'll smile.

Cold Soba Noodle Salad Soba noodles are made from buckwheat flour. Buckwheat is not really a grain, it's a seed. Soba noodles are healthy, and gluten free, but that's not why I love them so. It's that chewy texture, and that strong nutty flavour. Seriously, try them. You will need: Soba Noodles (dried or fresh) If you are cooking dried noodles, I suggest an ice bath to stop the cooking process, and to "wash" the noodles of any residue. Green onions- sliced on the diagonal- prettier Grated raw carrots Purple onions- thinly sliced Chili peppers of your choice- thinly sliced Sesame Seeds-white(nice visual contrast) or black(badass) Vinaigrette 2 T lime juice 2 T soy sauce 1 T grated ginger 1 T sugar 1 T sesame oil- must use this intoxicating stuff 1/2 T Sambal Oelek- google it, buy it and use it on everything! Cook those noodles perfectly, and toss on the dressing and gently mix. Try not to moan if you are eating this around others....

Greek Pasta Salad It's a classic for a reason. Those crisp briny flavours, bumped up with your choice of pasta for extra fuel. Ingredients Pasta-your choice, cooked to al dente Cucumbers- diced Tomatoes- your choice, but mixing the colours would just add to the beauty of the salad Purple Onion- thinly sliced, thin enough to slurp up like a noodle Kalamata Olives- if you like them. Feta- be good to yourself and get the good stuff- sheep or goat's milk makes the best. How to make it: Toss the veggies on top of the pasta, reserving a handful to put on top. Break up the feta, and sprinkle it on top Some oregano looks and tastes great too-shake some on Finally drizzle with olive oil. Or you can make a quick vinaigrette of olive oil and lemon juice. 3 to 1 ratio of oil to acid. Toss it all together, add on the handful of veggies on top to make it look full of the goods. For best results, serve in ginormous bowls and share with someone you want to feed..

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