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Summer Salads

When it's time to chill.

Recipe: Lemon-Kale Chiffonade Salad with Summer Fruit

Recipe: Classic Dijon Vinaigrette

If you're new to this series, you can catch up at the Mostly Plants homepage, and check out Week 1 - Berry Special Plants for the inspiration behind the Mostly Plants name.

by Lynley Jones

CHillin' out

Red leaf lettuce from my CSA

This post will be pretty brief, because that's what I'm doing right now: chillin' out. As I write this, I'm on vacation in Finland with my family, enjoying the long, sunny days near the Arctic circle (light until 11:00pm!), enjoying "long drinks," eating lots of pickled herring and snacking on the fresh strawberries and peas we see at every open air market.

Summer Salads

I created this Lemon-Kale Chiffonade Salad last summer, and I have to tell you, it's so delicious I crave it. Just the right amount of lemon juice, balanced with the salty punch of Peccorino-Romano and the occasional sweet juicy burst of summer fruit. I've made this with nectarines, peaches and supremed oranges, and I imagine it would also be delicious with mangoes. And it's the perfect thing to take to a summer barbecue - the dressed kale only improves with resting. 

The other recipe I'm sharing with you this week is my classic Dijon Vinaigrette. It's a classic French approach, and a great all-around dressing for just about any greens.


Lemon-Kale Chiffonade Salad with Summer Fruit

Just the right amount of everything. Prepare to be a kale-lover.

Classic Dijon Vinaigrette

Classic, versatile salad dressing to go with whatever greens you find at the farmers market.