Mixed Greens Summer Salad

Mixed Greens Summer Salad

I absolutely love this time of year. The garden is in full swing and I am able to pick freshness straight from the garden to enjoy immediately. It is wonderful. The first thing I harvest is my mixed greens. I make a  Mixed Greens Summer Salad using all the seasonal fruits and vegetables readily available this time of year.  

 Mixed Greens Summer Salad

I decided to celebrate the end of Spring and the beginning of Summer with a delightful combination of both. Today’s Mixed Greens Summer Salad includes mixed greens of red and green lettuce, spinach, and arugula. A good visual guide to lettuce and greens can be found at Epicurious if you are curious about what summer salad greens unique characteristics are.

 Mixed Greens Summer Salad

After choosing the greens for your Mixed Greens Summer Salad it is time to think of the type of fruits and vegetables you may want to showcase on top of your greens. I chose cucumbers and watermelon because they seem to play well together, complimenting each other nicely without overpowering. The sweet onion was chosen to offset the sweetness and add a little “bite” to the flavor profile. The English Cuke was jazzed up a bit by leaving strips of skin on the cucumber to create a striped effect. You can see this technique at Rada Cutlery. Also, cutting watermelon can be quite messy, I found a great technique to keep the mess to a minimum at Recipes for our Daily Bread, it’s a neat little trick so be sure to check it out! 

 Mixed Greens Summer Salad

Once all the players in your Mixed Greens Summer Salad have been chosen it is time to think about the dressing that will show your mixed greens, fruits and vegetables off to their best advantage. I love a tangy, tart vinaigrette with just a touch of sweetness, so this is what I aimed for in my Sweet Orange Vinaigrette dressing to marinate the watermelon, cucumber and sweet onion with.

 Mixed Greens Summer Salad

Once the cucumber, watermelon, and onion has marinated it is now time to put your Mixed Greens Summer Salad together with a few finishing touches to make it perfect! A great tangy salty cheese and an acidic berry offset the sweetness perfectly. I chose Gorgonzola because it is my all-time favorite and blackberries for their big bold juicy flavor and bright color to compliment and add a bit of beauty to the Mixed Greens Summer Salad. To finish,  scatter a few chopped chives for added garnish and color.  Voila… a beautiful, colorful Mixed Greens Summer Salad that screams summer and will please even the most discriminating of guests.

4.8 from 4 reviews
Summer Salad with Mixed Greens
 
Author:
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • A variety of fresh organic mixed greens, washed and torn into bite sized pieces.
  • English cucumber, ends removed, cored and sliced into ¼ in half rounds.
  • 3 cup Seedless Watermelon, cubed into bite sized pieces.
  • ½ cup thinly sliced sweet onion.
  • 1 Orange freshly juiced, approximately ½ cup.
  • ½ medium shallot, finely minced, about 1 tbsp.
  • ¼ cup good quality white wine,( I used Sauvignon Blanc because it is what I had on hand).
  • ¼ cup Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (in my opinion one of the best out there).
  • ¼ tsp sea salt.
  • ⅛ tsp freshly ground black pepper.
  • 6 tbsps Gorgonzola
  • 1 Pint of blackberries, rinsed and dried gently with paper towel.
  • Minced chives for garnish.
Instructions
  1. Place sliced cucumber, cubed watermelon, and sliced sweet onion in large bowl and gently toss. Slip mixture into a large heavy duty ziplock bag. Close and set aside while you make vinaigrette.
  2. In small bowl add all remaining ingredients, except blackberries, Gorgonzola cheese, and minced chives, whisk until well blended.
  3. Reserve ¼ cup vinaigrette, refrigerate until it is time to assemble your Summer Salad.
  4. Pour remaining vinaigrette into ziplock bag over fruit and vegetable mixture. Close ziploc bag and carefully turn bag to saturate mixture well. Place in refrigerator and marinate for 30 minutes, turn bag and return to refrigerator to marinate for 30 minutes more.
  5. Assemble salad by placing salad greens onto 6 chilled salad plates.
  6. Divide marinated fruit and vegetables evenly and atop the salad greens.
  7. Sprinkle each with 1 tbsp Gorgonzola and a 3 to 4 blackberries (depending on size).
  8. Drizzle reserved vinaigrette over each salad.
  9. Top with freshly ground black pepper, and a sprinkle of sea salt, if desired.

Recipe shared with:

SoHo Sonnet: Link it Or Lump it Sunday

My Pinterventures: Merry Monday Linky Party 

The Ultimate Linky: Pinterest Linky Party

Creative K Kids: Bloggers Brag

Cherished Handmade Treasures: Creative Corner Hop

Make Ahead Meals for busy Moms: Melt in Your Mouth Monday

3GLOL: Teach me Tuesday

Lou Lou Girls: Lou Lou Girls

 Creative K Kids: Tasty Tuesdays 

Ducks n’ a Row: Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop

Designed by BH: Twirl and Take a Bow

The Shady Porch: Party on the Porch

Foody Schmoody: The Wednesday Roundup 

Far from Normal: Wake up Wednesday

Place of my Taste: Work it Wednesdays

Lambert’s Lately: Create it Thursday

Making it in the Mountains: Link “n Blogs

Living Well Spending Less: Thrifty Thursday

Happy and Blessed Home: Family Fun Friday

Juggling Real Food and Real Life: Let’s Get Real

ChicCalifornia: Be YOU Tiful Link Party

The Kitchen Chopper: The Weekend Social

Coffee with us 3: Pretty Pintastic

Raia’s Recipes: Savoring Saturdays

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Comments

  1. says

    This salad sounds wonderful, Shari! Thanks for sharing at Savoring Saturdays! I hope you’ll join us again this weekend. :)

  2. says

    Stopping by from the Blogging Collective. That salad looks great! I’d have to leave out the onion and sub juice for the wine and possibly use Swiss or goat’s cheese or leave off the cheese, but otherwise, it looks like a real winner! :) Thanks for sharing!
    Julie Moore recently posted…Monthly Milestones {6}My Profile

    • says

      The beauty of this salad is in it’s versatility, make it your own! I appreciate you stopping by and taking a moment to leave a comment.
      Blessings…Shari

    • says

      I went over to link up to the Be.YOU.Tiful party and instantly fell in love with your site; classy, elegant, uncluttered and lovely photography. Thanks for the invitation, I believe I turned out to be the winner…Blessings.

  3. says

    This looks absolutely DELISH! I’m always on the lookout for a great salad recipe! Such a brilliant idea to marinate the fruit and veggies too!!! Thanks for sharing at Link’n Blogs this week!

    • says

      Thanks Kim, I think you will be surprised at how great fruit tastes with mixed greens. The sweet fruit compliments the sometimes bitter bite from the greens perfectly. Thanks for stopping by and taking a moment to comment. I greatly appreciate it!
      Blessings, Shari

  4. says

    Good morning, Shari,
    I’m loving the colours in this beautiful salad! Don’t you love the freshness of salads after that long winter of soups and stews? lol. You’ve included so many different ingredients that I’m smacking my lips imagining the flavours! Love the watermelon, gorgonzola and wine! Thanks for a great recipe.
    Robyn @ simply fresh dinners recently posted…Tuesday’s TidbitsMy Profile

    • says

      Yes, yes, Yes…Robyn. While I love hearty stews and soups in the dead of winter, I am so ready for fresh greens when spring and summer come around. Thanks so much for stopping by. Blessings…Shari

  5. says

    Interesting mixing the watermelon, onions, and cucumbers to marinate. Does it make the watermelon taste like onions? Thanks for sharing on Merry Mondays and Tasty Tuesdays.
    Erlene recently posted…Tasty TuesdaysMy Profile

  6. says

    Oh Shari, you have taken a salad to above gourmet ranking! I have pinned it and must give it a try very soon. It looks so refreshing, healthy and just plain yummy. Carrie, A Mother’s Shadow

    • says

      Thank you Joy for the thoughtful compliments and sharing on Facebook. I love the sweetness of fresh fruit with a tangy salty cheese. It never gets old. I appreciate you stopping by…Blessings, Shari

    • says

      I too am trying to eat more healthy salads especially this time of year when I can step outside and have fresh greens, veggies and fruit straight from the garden. It makes cooking and mealtimes so enjoyable. Good luck with your goal….Shari

Trackbacks

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Rate this recipe:  

CommentLuv badge