Summer is for Salads!

Article published at: Apr 22, 2024 Article author: Durbl-Megan Article tag: how to use durb bags
Summer is for Salads!
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Like many of you, we relish the bright, crisp flavors of salads during the summer months. Here are two delightful salad recipes to grace your table this season, each perfect for your festive gatherings: one served warm and one cool, giving you options to please any palate at your upcoming events.

Warm Beet, Blueberry & Pecan Salad
● 1-2 bunches of fresh beets
● 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
● 1/4 cup pecans
● 2 tbsp goat cheese
● 1 tsp ground cumin
● Preheat your oven to 180°C with fan.
● Line a roasting tray with parchment paper. Trim the tops off your beets (save the greens for another use), and wash them thoroughly.
● Pat the beets dry and halve them. Place them on the prepared tray, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with ground cumin.
● Roast in the oven for about 20-25 minutes until tender and slightly caramelized.
● While the beets are roasting, roughly chop the pecans.
● Once roasted, arrange the beets in a serving dish. Add dollops of goat cheese, sprinkle with fresh blueberries and chopped pecans. Delight in the blend of flavors!
● Optionally, drizzle with additional olive oil or balsamic reduction for an extra touch of flavor.

Chilled Cucumber, Radish & Dill Salad
● 1 large cucumber
● 1 bunch of radishes (about 6-8)
● 1/2 a small red onion
● 1 tsp mustard seeds
● 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
● Juice of 1 lime
● Thinly slice the cucumber and radishes using a mandolin or sharp knife.
● Finely chop the red onion.
● In a serving bowl, combine the cucumber, radishes, and red onion.
● Sprinkle over chopped fresh dill and mustard seeds.
● Drizzle with apple cider vinegar and lime juice, then toss to combine everything thoroughly.
● Chill in the refrigerator before serving to enhance the refreshing, crisp textures and flavors.

These recipes highlight the versatility and culinary creativity of summer produce, not just for their fresh tastes but also for their vibrant colors and textures. Whether you're hosting a casual backyard gathering or a more formal dinner affair, these salads are crafted to impress and satisfy your guests.

Enjoy the essence of summer with these refreshing, flavorful salads perfect for any occasion. Let the season of freshness begin!


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