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Summer salad with balsamic dressing recipe

Summer salad with balsamic dressing recipe

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  • Dish type
  • Salad
  • Vegetable salad
  • Courgette salad

This salad has the perfect combination of flavours and textures. It's the perfect salad with any barbecue.

49 people made this

IngredientsServes: 6

  • 2 large cucumbers, diced
  • 1 courgette, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 large tomatoes, diced
  • 140g chopped black olives
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons sea salt or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon caster sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 125ml extra-virgin olive oil

MethodPrep:30min ›Ready in:30min

  1. In a large salad bowl, mix together the cucumbers, courgette, red onion, tomatoes, black olives, basil and thyme.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, lemon zest, lemon juice, sea salt, sugar and white pepper until thoroughly combined.
  3. Pour the olive oil slowly into the dressing mixture, whisking to combine. Pour the dressing over the salad and serve.

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Reviews in English (45)

Very nice summery salad. I only add a bit of mixed quinoa and it was great.-16 Sep 2016

Delicious fresh salad. Followed the recipe for the dressing but changed the salad ingredient amounts according to what we had in - used half cucumber, 2 courgettes that we sliced and chargrilled first for flavour. We also used Greek olives in a garlic dressing but you could a some crushed garlic to the dressing if, like us, you are a garlic lover! The fresh herbs are essential.-07 Jun 2016

by naples34102

I'm happy to be the first reviewer of this seriously good salad and hopefully get the recipe off to a flying start! I found as I was going to describe this, as "light and fresh," that the submitter had already described it perfectly himself. This was exactly what I had in mind when I was searching for a tomato-cucumber salad this morning and I found this one particularly appealing in that it called for three different acids - the balsamic vinegar, the lighter red wine vinegar and lemon juice. Loved it, especially with the lemon juice and zest, as I don't generally like the heavy, sweet taste of balsamic vinegar. Classic, Mediterranean ingredients and flavors, easily mixed in proportions to suit your own tastes - in my case that would mean a little more olive oil and no sugar. I seeded the tomatoes before chopping so as not to have their excess liquid in the salad. The salad, now hours after I put it together, is already even better since the flavors have had a chance to marry. Since fresh basil has a tendency to turn black, I will add that just before serving. Any leftovers (if there are any!) I plan to mix with some ceci beans (garbanzo beans) for a healthy, light lunch. Beautiful salad, full of flavor and pleasantly so!-27 Aug 2010

Flavor-Packed Salads With Balsamic Dressing

Which salads taste better with balsamic dressing? How balsamic dressing adds flavors and tastes to the salad? Lovers of balsamic vinegar and hungers of fresh salads must concern a lot about these. The reason is that a right dressing will eventually turn the salad (and many other foods) into a more flavorful dish.

And, this article offers what you are looking for. It’s about 25 flavor-packed salads paired with balsamic dressing. Serving them as an appetizer will help in arousing then satisfying your appetite. Adults love them and kids also give them a yes. If you are a paleo or healthy eater, these will be right up your street. Besides, these balsamic salads can deal with any weather, the heat of summer or the coldness of winter. The point is just to control salad’s ingredients. Let’s get started!

Here are a few tips to making homemade salad dressing:

  • Use the correct ratio of acid to oil. Having enough oil is important to get a creamy emulsion. If you want less oil, use less of the overall dressing! A healthy fat like olive oil is part of our philosophy of a healthy diet.
  • Use a medium bowl and whisk in the oil gradually. Whisking in the oil gradually is key to forming a creamy emulsion, which allows the dressing to stick to the salad leaves instead of being too wet.

Meal Prep Tips for this Summer Berry Spinach Salad:

If we&rsquore thinking meal prep-situation with this recipe &ndash YES. Absolutely, yes. Here are my tips for that situation!

  • Don&rsquot assemble the whole salad and add the dressing if you&rsquore using this as a meal prep lunch &ndash it will get soggy
  • Reusable glass containers like these(affiliate link) work well for prepping your ingredients! You can prep individual salads into each container &ndash without the dressing
  • Mix up your dressing and keep it in a mason jar, or reusable dressing cups(affiliate link)
  • Add the dressing immediately before eating!
  • If you need/want some protein for lunch (generally a good idea!) grill some chicken breast and add it to this salad. That would not be a bad idea at all

If you&rsquore serving this for dinner/a potluck/etc. &ndash toss all the ingredients together, and pour the dressing on just before eating! You can also just set the dressing next to the salad bowl in a little jar for people to add themselves. This salad only makes about 6 servings if you&rsquore eating it as your main course. It serves 8 as a side. You can also double it or cut it in half depending on how many people you need to feed!

Happy lunching, friends! And remember &ndash say NO to boring salads!

More Salad and Salad Dressing Recipes for Lunch:

19 Refreshing Summer Salad Recipes

Summer is right around the corner, and that means barbecue season! Whether you&rsquore searching for a healthy summer salad recipe, making summer salads for a crowd at your next outdoor gathering or just trying to put dinner on the table without having to turn on your oven, I&rsquove got you covered! Here are 19 refreshing summer salad recipes for you to try!

19 Refreshing Summer Salad Recipes

Summer is right around the corner, and that means barbecue season! Whether you&rsquore searching for a healthy summer salad recipe, making summer salads for a crowd at your next outdoor gathering or just trying to put dinner on the table without having to turn on your oven, I&rsquove got you covered! Here are 19 refreshing summer salad recipes for you to try!

Finding local blueberries

Do you have local blueberries in your area? There are only a few U Picks here in Indianapolis, so when we’re looking for fruit we venture up to Michigan. Each summer we head to the South Haven and Saugatuk area. We’ve found the best U Pick around (called Dee’s Farm), where the blueberries are just $1 a pound. It’s an absolute steal.

When you step into the rows of blueberry bushes, there’s a sense of magic. Something about an empty bucket, the rows of bushes and the purple blue berries just waiting to be picked is exhilarating. If you can find a way to pick blueberries: DO IT! It’s become a favorite summer activity in our family and has resulted in so many delicious recipes, like this blueberry salad.

When we returned to our kitchen, the first recipe we made was blueberry waffles with blueberry sauce, and man they were incredible! Its become a new tradition in our house. Oh, and these blueberry buttermilk pancakes. And healthy blueberry muffins… Yeah, we’re a little blueberry obsessed around here.

Balsamic Tomato Salad

Ripe, juicy tomatoes don't need much to make them sing. A simple dressing of balsamic vinegar, garlic, and fresh herbs are all you need for a summery salad.

Since the salad only has a few ingredients, look for the best tomatoes you can find. When shopping, look for tomatoes that are brightly colored, heavy for their size, and firm but juicy. The recipe calls for plum tomatoes, but good cherry, grape, vine, or heirloom tomatoes will work, too. Feel free to use the best tomatoes you can find, regardless of variety. If using a small type like grape or cherry tomatoes, there's no need to seed them. Simply slice them in half and you're done.

Tomatoes are low in calories, low in fat, and high in vitamins A, C, and K. They're also known for containing the antioxidant lycopene, a natural pigment that gives tomatoes their signature red color.

You only need a few minutes to make balsamic tomato salad, so it's easy to throw together for a barbecue or a weeknight summer dinner. It also packs well for a picnic or meal on the go, and can be made ahead of time and stashed in the fridge until serving time. Serve with grilled steak, fish, or blackened tofu.

Grilled Vegetables Salad with Balsamic Dressing

Sharing today, an array of colorful grilled summer vegetables with blue cheese and drizzle of sweet, spicy, and rich balsamic dressing!! In my home, such simple salads are MUST for weekend grilling get-togethers!

If you planning to fire-up the grill this weekend, then this healthy vegetarian salad can make to your menu in NO time!!

All you need is: a few ingredients to make quick balsamic dressing and some blue cheese!! Rest, any fresh vegetable in your refrigerator is contender for this salad!! How easy does this sound?

I love serving this salad for Summer Parties for two reasons. One, it fulfills the serving of vegetables and second, it is an interactive salad. Grill vegetables of you choice and serve on a platter with heaping bowl of blue cheese and balsamic-ginger dressing on side. Everyone can build their own salad with any combination they like. You know the BEST part? If you have some vegan guests visiting, they can skip blue cheese and rest everything is VEGAN, even the Balsamic Dressing!!

In my home, vegetables on grill keep changing, as per the availability of fresh produce. What never change is the dressing and blue cheese!! Balsamic Dressing can be prepared a day or even a week in advance and it is MUST for this salad! If you have never tried Blue Cheese with sweet Balsamic Dressing, then I'm telling you. it is about time. I bet, you will love it.

If you planning to fire-up grill this weekend, make sure to make a batch of balsamic dressing! This dressing is so good, I even use it as marinade sometimes.

So, my friends, fire-up grills, get outdoors, enjoy with friends and family!! And don't forget to bring vegetables to the grill with drizzle of delicious balsamic dressing.

14 no oil dressings. Where have you been all my life. Thank you so much! Going to eat a salad now!

About the « Classic Dijon Dressing »
Why do you write « Transport yourself to the rolling hillsides of rural France » . This dressing is not at all a French rural speciality ! I am French and believe me every one in France, rural or not, make this dressing, of course the non vegan : 3 table spoons of oil, one table spoon of vinagar and a small spoon of Dijon mustard, salt, pepper. You can add garlic, or onion or shallots.

30 Best Salad Dressing Recipes That'll Make Eating Your Greens so Much Easier

Caesar dressing, ranch dressing, Greek dressing&mdashwe've got 'em all!

The key to an unforgettable salad isn't in the types of lettuce you choose or the toppings you include. Instead, the success hinges on the salad dressing, which serves as the delicious finishing touch to a big bowl of greens. Creamy ranches, light vinaigrettes, spicy dressings&mdashthere are so many excellent ways to top off your dinner side dish or healthy lunch.

If a hearty dressing is what you're after, we have plenty to offer here. Who doesn't love a classic ranch drizzled over a big wedge of crunchy iceberg? "Ranch is like Cheetos&mdash it&rsquos so wrong, it&rsquos right," Ree Drummond says of her favorite dressing. We can't help but love it! If that's not speaking to you, a green goddess or French dressing might do the trick. Or, if vibrant summer spinach salad recipes are what you're after, one of the zingy vinaigrettes will make a great choice. The balsamic blueberry vinaigrette, for example, is a delicious complement to a berry salad (which you should consider bringing as a barbecue side to your next party). Some of these ideas can even be combined with heavier ingredients for a 30-minute meal that will leave you feeling full for hours.

Take a look at these homemade dressings and you might find that salad becomes your new favorite food. Imagine that!

How do you make this easy spinach salad recipe?

Prepare and place all the ingredients in a large bowl!

Leafy baby spinach, juicy mandarin oranges, sweet and tart raspberries and blackberries, creamy feta cheese, and crunchy walnuts is fantastic together!

Toss the salad all together. The combination of sweet, salty, and savoury flavours are just so satisfying.

Whisk together the vinaigrette ingredients. It&rsquos a simple four-ingredient vinaigrette (fresh orange juice, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and honey) that&rsquos sweet and tangy.

Drizzle as much vinaigrette as you want on the salad and toss to coat. Enjoy!


COMBINE the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, dijon mustard, minced garlic, salt and pepper in a small bowl or mason jar.

WHISK until the dressing is well combined. Then cover with lid and store in the fridge until ready to use.

SHAKE the dressing just before serving, then drizzle over your favorite salad.