7 Salads That Know How to Celebrate Summer Fruit
Sweet strawberries. Juicy peaches. Luscious mango. If you're looking for ways to upgrade a salad, fruits in their prime are an excellent place to start.
Sweet figs are at hitting their stride right about now -- and are the perfect complement to bitter greens, bacon and black pepper in this frisee salad.
Here, honeydew melon sweetens up peppery arugula. Melon slices are pureed with fresh herbs, a bit of mayo and lime juice, creating a refreshing dressing that gets tossed with the greens and additional melon pieces.
Not your average grain salad, this sweet-spicy adaptation calls upon mango, cucumber, jalapeno, scallions, fresh cilantro and roasted peanuts -- all tossed with rice and quinoa.
This restaurant-quality salad is easy to pull off at home. Boiling the peaches and tomatoes helps bring out their natural sweetness while pureeing basil with olive oil, salt and pepper creates a pesto-like sauce that keeps things fresh (and fancy). A dollop of ricotta cheese topped with toasted almond slivers makes for a savory finish.
Strawberries don't have to spell dessert. In fact, they offer a perfect way to temper a peppery green like arugula.
Tomatoes: Tomato Caesar Salad with Parmesan Crisps
Wherever you fall in the "are-tomatoes-a-fruit-or-a-vegetable" debate, there's no denying their awesomeness in this lighter take on a Caesar salad. Juicy heirloom tomatoes are sliced and topped with a homemade Caesar dressing, watercress and mouth-watering bacon-Parmesan crisps.
Chunks of juicy watermelon and crunchy jicama get tossed in a zesty dressing starring fresh orange juice, lime juice and honey. A sprinkling of fresh mint at the end makes the whole deal utterly refreshing.
Abigail Libers is a freelance writer and editor living in Brooklyn. She is also the creator and editor of notesonfatherhood.tumblr.com.