Tuesday, August 22, 2006

EVENT: Summer Salad Recipes Round Up #1

It has been a scorcher of a summer all over the globe. Well except for where it is winter. And looking at the weather report it is going to be summer for quite a while longer. So there is plenty of time to try many of these Summer Salad Recipes. There are 33 recipes in the round up from different blogs and websites around the world.

It has been so much fun hosting my first food blog event. I want to thank everyone who helped promote the event for me. And of course I want to thank all of the many participants who this event would not have been such a success without.

My Life As A Reluctant Housewife will be having a Fall Salads event coming up so when the wind starts to rustle up the leaves and bring the cooler breezes to your door, start to think about all the fall produce that you can use to make a Fall Salad.

Blog: Spitoon Extra
Recipe: Goat's Cheese and Quince Jelly Salad
Not Mine - Goat Cheese Quince Salad
Andrew was inspired by his friend's salad. And I am glad he was because this looks wonderful and I really want to try it. Andrew really knows wine so he suggests a lovely wine to go along with. Now I am thirsty and hungry.

Blog: Kitchen Parade
Recipe: BLT Pasta Salad
Not Mine - BLT Salad

Alanna has made a scrumptious salad. This is a take on the old-fashioned sandwich but today it is in a salad with orzo pasta!

Blog: Odelices
Recipe: Mixed Salad with Snap Peas and Hard Boiled Eggs
Not Mine  - Salade_composee
Marie-Laure shares a delicious mixed salad that helps her to cling to the warm days of summer while the cool breezes of England begin to drift in.

Blog: 1x Umruehren Bittefront
Recipe: Lemon Potato Salad
Not Mine - potato salad
Zorra is sharing a delicious potato salad. The lemons in this salad are from her own tree. It also has a little bit of cognac in it and I am not sure that I have ever had that in a potato salad but look forward to trying it.

Blog: Confessions of a Food Nazi
Recipe: Brown Rice Salad with Canned Salmon
Another Outspoken Female who has a Significant Eater in her life and he is quite picky about what foods should and should not be combined with eachother. It all sounds way too healthy for me. Although, Australia is slowly coming out of the doldrums of winter, there are some signs of spring in the air.

Blog: Eat Drink Talk
Recipe: Baby greens, with avocado, parma ham and cacao nibs and vanilla-spiked dressing
Not Mine salad
Jennifer does not have a blog but does have a small cooking school in London, England. So, I am going to share her recipe with you here. It looks really wonderful and creative.

Serves 2
1 bunch baby greens (I like lambs lettuce or baby spinach)
1 ripe Haas avocado
8 slices of parma ham
2 tbsp cacao nibs
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 vanilla bean
3 tsp balsamic vinegar

Wash and dry the greens with a tea towel or in a salad spinner. Spread them out on two plates.
Cut open the vanilla bean and scrape the seeds from the pod. Warm the olive oil up on a very gentle heat and add the vanilla seeds and pod. You don't want it to get hot, just to warm up enough to infuse the vanilla flavour into the oil. Turn off the heat and leave the vanilla to infuse for a few minutes.

Half the avocado and remove the large pit. With a butter knife, cut the avocado while still in its skin into slices, and then lift the slices out with a spoon. Arrange the avocado slices on top of the greens in a fan. Tear the each slice of parma ham into 2 or 3 shreds and nestle in amongst the
salad. Sprinke the cacao nibs over top.

Remove the vanilla pod from the olive oil. Add the balsamic vinegar and whisk to combine. Drizzle over the salad and serve.

Blog: Kuechenlatein
Recipe: Warm Potato and Bacon Salad
Not Mine - German Potato Salad
Ulrike's potato salad is exactly the type of potato salad I grew up with. This is mostly because this is how my dad likes it. So Mom made it this way. No mayonaisse. Ulrike lives in Germany and potato salad made this way is what most Americans call "German Potato Salad". Imagine that! Actually, her version has much more greens than I am used to but it looks really wonderful.

Blog: What's For Lunch Honey?
Recipe: Veal "Vilanese" and a Peas and Lettuce Salad
Not Mine - peas and lettuce
Meeta was experimenting in the kitchen again and that can only mean one thing. . . YUM. This time she crossed Wiener Schnitzel with Piccata Milanese. Wait... There was a salad too. Peas and Lettuce in a creamy vinaigrette dressing. She also suggests listening to Nelly Furtado's Man Eater while cooking this dish.

Blog: What We Are Eating
Recipe: Summery Veggie Salad
Not Mine - Vegetable salad
Amand and Tyler got into the spirit of things and packed up a delicious meal and took it to the beach at La Jolla, California. Along with a stuffed bread (drool) they made this mixed vegetable salad with a lemon vinaigrette. This type of salad is right up my alley with artichoke hearts, zucchini, grapes, tomatoes and asparagus.

Blog: Saffron Trail
Recipe: Indian Carrot and Peanut Salad
Not Mine - carrot peanut salad
Nandita shares a this vibrant Carrot salad. She says that most Indian salads don't have dressing on them. They either have yogurt or a simple seasoning on them making them nice and healthy and light.

Blog: Anne's Food
Recipe: Quinoa Salad with Two Cheeses
Anne is offering up another salad with lots of leeway. If you don't have halloumi, well then use something else. And feel free to add bacon or chicken if you would like!
Not Mine - Quinoa Feta Halloumi Salad


Pamela said...

Brilliant round-up Gabriella. So much worderfully tasty food and awesome photographs.

Consider yourself linked to, hope you don't mind!

amanda said...

My god! there are so many amazing looking salads (and photos) for this event. I know these events take a bunch of time and effort so Thanks a bunch for holding this one Gabriella! Great round-up.

Ruth said...

Great roundup Gabriella. It's a treat to find so many different salad ideas.

Thanks for the idea AND the fab round up.

Ulrike aka ostwestwind said...

Thanks for the event, so many ideas for a salad. Funny that I made a "German" potatoe salad. Both versions are common, with and without mayonnaise.

I like summing-ups with pictures :-)

Nandita said...

Your blog is a RIOT of colour- looks like a whole years supply of salads :)

Simply wonderful effort Gabriella

Meeta said...

This was a real fun event and I love the brilliant recipes of all the bloggers. The Fall Salad Special sounds great too and I am already looking forward to it.

Thank you for the lovely words and great round-up!

emily said...

Sorry I missed the event, but grateful for the round-up nonetheless. What a great idea for summer.

Kalyn said...

I love seeing all the great salads that people created. I'm so sorry I didn't get around to sending a salad. I meant to do it and time just got away from me.

tin367 said...

I am a cook making in disaster. But your blog, WOW! Awesome, a hundred percent brilliant! You have the perfect combination of issues in there! From cooking to gardening and to nursing kids. Very interesting, You have my vote in case you run for presidency!

Nau-Dee said...

my mouth is watering!

Gabriella True said...

Thank you everyone.

For those of you who missed this one, I will be having an Autumn Salad Event coming up in about a month.

peabody said...

Okay, it took almost 3 days but I finally got through looking at everybody's site!!!
This was great, thanks for doing it!

Jennifer said...

Oooh, yummy-yummy! I sooo look forward to visiting often and trying these recipes! Thanks for adding such a great spin to my blog reading!!!!

Gotta go now, I'm hungry!!!