My favourite summer salads


It's tough to walk into my kitchen when it's a million degrees (ok 81 on our thermostat - inside), and think about turning on the oven. I love salads anytime, but they are especially good on sweltering summer evenings. Here are some of my faves.

Chickpea Salad
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 I've made several varieties of chickpea salads, and they always turn out well. An easy one I threw together a couple nights ago was: 1 can of chickpeas (rinsed), feta cheese, cucumbers, olive oil, lemon juice, oregano, and a splash of balsamic vinegar. I tossed it all together, added some salt & pepper, and let it sit in the fridge for a couple of hours. Delish!

Blue cheese & Beet Salad
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Blue cheese and beets are two of my favourite foods, so I try to add them to any salad. Sometimes I'll just roast beets on their own, and drizzle some balsamic vinegar over them while warm.

Black Bean Dip/Salad

A Lovely Mist
I saw this delicious dip on the blog A Lovely Mist. I served it at Sorens First Birthday Party and it was a big hit. It worked well as a dip, but it could also double as a side salad, especially for a Mexican themed dinner.

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