Category Archives: Salads

Sunday Soups to Sunday Salads

Happy June 2nd! June has finally brought with it warmer temperatures around here. It felt much warmer yesterday only to find out that it was barely 78 degrees! I guess with all the cool weather we have been having even 78 degrees feels warm. That’s why I had a hard time posting a Sunday Soup recipe today, as it’s going to be another warm day. For that matter, I am officially switching over from Sunday Soups to Sunday Salads starting today. Summer has finally arrived and it’s time to take advantage of all the bounty of fresh veggies at this time of year and make a few delicious and colorful salads. Welcome to a summer of Sunday Salads!

I also want to take this opportunity to share with you a story I did a while back on how our Sunday Soup tradition came about and how it has helped our family’s Sunday dinner routine. Hope you enjoy the article. Happy Sunday and have a great week ahead!

Surreyfarms. A serene haven in the foothills of Northern California

It’s June already and it’s getting warm around here in Northern California. Roses are blooming, lilies too, dahlias are sprouting, and pretty much every type of flower you can think of is blooming right now. We are swimming in color at this time of year. Perfect inspiration for making wonderful light and colorful salads.

I am always thrilled to hear that the recipes I post are so well received and most of all that they are being tried in your home kitchen. But truth be told, the most popular recipes are my Sunday Soups. So many of you have told me time and time again that you love my Sunday Soup tradition and are enjoying making the soup recipes I post.  To you all, I especially want to apologize, as I will be taking a break from Sunday Soups. The weather is warming up finally making it a great time…

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Orange and Avocado Spring Green Salad

It’s April and juicy sweet oranges are still available at the markets, and here in our Bay Area I can even pick them up at street corners where vendors sell seasonal fruits such as oranges in March and apricots, strawberries and peaches in the summer.  Last week I bought from a vendor on the corner of our local park a bag of over 20 oranges for $5!! What a deal! These were delicious sweet oranges that the family has been enjoying every day and I’ve been adding an orange to my Greek yogurt and granola routine in the mornings too.

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With all these oranges in abundance I made an orange salad to take to my good friend Rose’s place for a low-key springtime lunch last week. Continue reading Orange and Avocado Spring Green Salad

Super Greens Salad with Beets and Radish

Looking for a red and pink salad for Valentine’s Day?  Gorgeous dark colored beets and pretty pink radish look so good together in a tossed green salad and taste wonderful too. This salad is sweet from the beets that release such a lovely sugary taste, then add fesh lemony vinaigrette and you get that unique sweet and sour tang in this beautiful salad. Continue reading Super Greens Salad with Beets and Radish

Lemon Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

I’ve been making this lemony sweet mustard vinaigrette a lot lately especially as fresh lemons are in abundance in our area right now. The combination of fresh lemon juice and honey is always a winner for a fresh tasting salad dressing, but add a little mustard and you get a vinegary spiciness that adds another layer of flavor that is delicious. Continue reading Lemon Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

Apples and Blueberries Lemony Greens Salad

Apples, blueberries and scallions tossed with greens and a lemon honey mustard vinaigrette; simple, refreshing and delicious this salad is. I really like how delicious apples and blueberries taste with a lemony vinaigrette which adds a nice burst of citrus freshness. This really is a wonderful salad to have with a veggie omelet or a sandwich. Continue reading Apples and Blueberries Lemony Greens Salad

Spinach and Arugula Salad with Persimmons, Orange & Pomegranate

Spinach and arugula salad with persimmons, orange & pomegranate is a delicious salad I had at a holiday party with a group of wonderful gals recently. One of our friends Deb brought this colorful salad that was so beautiful that I almost felt bad taking some of the salad and disrupting the lovely presentation. Continue reading Spinach and Arugula Salad with Persimmons, Orange & Pomegranate

Orange Dijon Vinaigrette

Orange Dijon Vinaigrette is a recipe I collected from my friend Deb whom I recently saw at a holiday luncheon where she had brought an arugula and spinach salad with persimmons, orange, and pomegranate for our lunch soiree.  This salad tasted outstanding! Not only was the combination of salad greens and fruit perfect, the dressing made the salad taste even better. Continue reading Orange Dijon Vinaigrette

Baby Spinach, Persimmon & Quinoa Salad

Baby Spinach, Persimmon & Quinoa Salad is a dish that our friend Van brought to our mutual friends Dave and Rose’s dinner gathering that I absolutely couldn’t get enough of. I must have had two to three plate full’s of this salad. I liked it so much that I wanted to ask Van for her recipe, but I really didn’t need to, as it had just four wholesome ingredients – baby spinach, red quinoa, sunflower seeds, and persimmons; all tossed in a simple vinaigrette. Continue reading Baby Spinach, Persimmon & Quinoa Salad

Persimmon Salad

This is a perfect make-ahead salad that is easy and delicious. Mix all the ingredients with a vinaigrette and keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve.  The only question in this persimmon salad is “to arugula or not to arugula.”  Meaning, the salad can be had with or without the greens, it will taste great either way.  Here is the recipe. Continue reading Persimmon Salad