Summer Salad Ideas

A round-up of summer salad ideas from pasta to potato and everything in between.

Please indulge me as I serve up yet another post on salads. I promise this will be the last one for a while as we’re moving on to camping content for July.

I’m here to show you that salad doesn’t have to be boring. For instance, we’re going to talk about grilled salads, grain salads and great green salads. The works!

There are dozens of ways to get your daily veggies in summer. Every day I eat a different salad and it’s the way to go during these hot months. Read on for the recipe round-up.

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Wilted Mixed Greens with Bacon and Eggs

With a recent heat wave that melted us over the summer solstice, our garden greens are growing with a vengeance.

I’m harvesting young lettuce, spinach, baby kale and radishes from my yard, and loving the new chard and arugula from local growers. It’s that time of year when we can barely keep up with the salad greens.

Maybe you’ve got a constant supply from your CSA box or your own garden is prolific. Either way, we could all use some fresh inspiration for serving up leafy greens.

Today’s recipe is a wilted mixed greens salad with a warm bacon vinaigrette. Yes! It also features that delicious flavour combination of spinach + egg + bacon that is such a classic. Read on for the recipe and an introduction to the Jubilee cookbook.

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Antipasto Pasta Salad

Loaded with grilled vegetables, cherry tomatoes and cannellini beans, this antipasto pasta salad is the picnic dish you need this summer.

Picnic season is here to stay; can we send up a collective “Thank goodness“? I love the family dinner table and all, but after months of self-isolating, it’s a relief to change up the view.

Whether we’ve journeyed to a nearby beach or settled on our dock, dinner al fresco is always far more fun. And on those days when it’s too hot to cook, a hearty pasta salad and a refreshing drink is all we need to be happy.

Hit the jump for today’s veggie-forward salad recipe and a little more picnic inspiration for the season.

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Victoria Sponge Cake with Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

A light-as-a-feather vanilla-orange cake, layered with whipped cream and a tangy homemade jam. This simple dessert is a perfect teatime accompaniment.

The classic Victoria Sponge cake is a dessert for any season, however, after my last trip to London I tend to associate this layer cake with spring.

Ah, those were the days. Danny and I tripped around from Greenwich to Pimlico, pausing for tea and cake anytime it was necessary – and a few times when it was not.

So it made perfect sense to bake a Victoria Sponge cake with strawberry rhubarb jam to celebrate our anniversary last weekend.

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The Ultimate Comfort Foods Recipe Round-Up

An invitation to return to restorative kitchen rituals and create the happy nostalgia of a comforting family recipe.

Since the beginning of ‘The Great Pause’, I’ve been encouraging my readers to cook comfort foods.

On social media and in private chats, my advice has remained the same: during this challenging time at home, cook and bake what makes you happy.

Now I don’t mean a steady diet of doughnuts, but instead a return to rituals we’ve loved in the past, such as simmering a pot of chicken noodle soup or baking a loaf of bread.

There’s a restorative pleasure to be found in eating a dish that we associate with love.

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