When I really do not want to cook, I fall back on this versatile Too Hot To Cook Summer Salad Recipe for a healthy and complete meal. I really do dislike cooking on hot summer days. Because of this, during the summer, I make sure that I have a well-stocked pantry and a supply of fresh produce on hand. Having a well stocked pantry makes this summer salad is a snap to make! My husband loves this dinner salad.
This delicious Too Hot To Cook Summer Salad recipe, comments, and photo were shared with my by Karen Calanchini, Food Stylist and Photographer, of Redding, CA.
More wonderful Salads and Salad Dressing Recipes.
- Lemon and Garlic Vinaigrette (one of my favorite vinaigrette recipe)*
- Romaine lettuce, washed, dried and broken up into large leaves
- Butter lettuce, washed, dried and broken up into large leaves
- Beef Tri-Tip Roast (room temperature)
- Green beans, crisp-cooked**
- Dill pickle spears
- Hard-boiled egg slices
- Kidney beans
- Avocado slices
- Garden tomatoes, sliced
- Coarse salt or sea salt
- Basil leaves, torn into pieces
Prepare Lemon and Garlic Vinaigrette; set aside until ready to use. Note: Serve vinaigrette at room temperature. Shake or stir just before serving.
Line the dinner plates with Romaine and Butter lettuces. In the center, place slices of leftover Beef Tri-Tip Roast, sliced roast beef, or sliced steak.
Add crisp cooked green beans (simmer in salted hot water for 7 minutes and then drain), dill pickle spears, sliced hard-boiled eggs, red kidney beans, avocado slices, and fresh sliced garden tomatoes. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt and torn fresh basil leaves.
Drizzled the prepared Lemon and Garlic Vinaigrette over the top and toss to combine.
* Any vinaigrette that you desire will work with this wonderful salad.
** Learn how to cook perfect green beans.
Other Salad Ingredient Ideas:
Leftover chicken, pork, fish, good-quality canned tuna in olive oil, grilled shrimp, and/or sliced beef roast
Other varieties of lettuce
Hearts of palm
White kidney beans
Marinated asparagus spears
Various types of pickles
Various types of cheese, small slices or cubes
Red, yellow and/or orange bell peppers
Hummus for dipping the bell peppers into
Crackers could be added if using hummus
Check your pantry and use your imagination!