The crisp, fresh cucumber is the perfect springboard for the creamy dressing and brightly flavoured basil.
Summer is a beautiful time of year. It’s a great chance to bring more seasonal produce into the kitchen. The colours are brighter, the textures are more interesting and honestly, there’s nothing quite as cheerful as a plate loaded with the fresh colours and flavours of summer. Here at our events venue in central London, we’ve found some of the tastiest summer salad ideas that you’ll be happy to see on your table.
Vegan grilled peach, red onion and rocket salad
We are in love with this dish. Prepare your dressing by combining some balsamic vinegar, lime juice, maple syrup and salt, then set aside. Grill some bread, thinly sliced onions and halved peaches (or nectarines). Then, toss the grilled bread with some halved cherry tomatoes and some of the dressing. Pop the rocket on a serving platter then add the peaches, onions and bread/tomato mix. Dress the salad and then take it to the table to wow your guests.
Boho summer salad
The team at our events venue in central London all enjoy this bowl of fresh and colourful salad. We think you'll particularly enjoy the crunchy texture and sweet flavours of this dish.
For the dressing, whisk together Dijon mustard, balsamic vinegar, agave syrup and olive oil with a touch of salt and pepper; chill in the fridge. Slice and toss the salad ingredients (keep it casual here). You’ll need some sprout mix, strawberries, fresh blackberries, nectarines, radishes, cherry tomatoes, leafy salad greens, avocado, toasted mixed nuts and seeds and a few ounces of feta cheese. Dress the salad just before serving and enjoy.
Cucumber and basil salad
Don’t be deceived by the simplicity of this one - the crisp fresh cucumber is the perfect springboard for the creamy dressing and brightly flavoured basil.
Grab your food processor and blitz about 1/3 of a head of cauliflower into crumbs. In a bowl, combine this with an English cucumber, roughly quartered and chopped, 1/2 small diced red onion and 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil. For the dressing, combine juice from 1 lemon, 2 tbsp hummus, 1 tsp maple syrup and 1 tsp Dijon mustard - add a little salt and more basil to taste. Mix it all together and serve.
Caprese salad with palm hearts
Here’s a summer salad that we’ve got a lot in common with - our events venue in central London is also a favourite that has a fresh take on things!
Combine quartered fresh tomatoes, diced palm hearts, diced red onion, fresh basil and cubed mozzarella to form the salad. Whisk together olive oil, red wine vinegar and your sugar of choice, with a touch of salt and pepper to make the dressing. Combine and serve for a fresh take on a summer favourite.
Edamame wakame salad
A Japanese inspired dish - this makes a hearty side or light dinner.
Boil your edamame for a few minutes then drain. Soak your wakame (dried seaweed) for about 15 minutes in cool water to rehydrate. Combine a dressing of sliced green onions, minced ginger, rice vinegar, maple syrup and soy sauce and toss through with edamame and seaweed. Serve with a sprinkle of sesame seeds.
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