When the weather warms up, the food gets lighter. Salads are the perfect choice for the hot summer months, whether you need a quick lunch or a refreshing dinner after a long day. It’s easy to get into a salad rut, using the same combination of ingredients over and over, but it’s important to remember that there are all sorts of additions you can make to ramp-up your salad game.
Making use of fresh summer fruit is an especially good idea. Not only will doing this completely change the flavor of your go-to salad, but it will add extra nutrients to your daily diet. A few ideas to get you going in the kitchen are featured next:
–Lemon– A freshly squeezed lemon over your salad definitely gives off summertime vibes. However, it’s important not to overdo it. If you’re serving a salad, put out a fresh bowl of lemon halves or place it to the side of each dish. At Strega Prime, we’ve incorporated lemons into our dressing, and our arugula salad features poached pears; an excellent balance of bitter and sweet flavors.
–Oranges – It doesn’t get much more summery than oranges. Often used in Asian-inspired salads, oranges can actually be integrated into numerous salads. Whether you’re looking for a south-of-the-border flavor or a garden salad, adding hints of oranges adds a truly unique flavor.
–Figs– Although figs might not be your go-to summer fruit, they are absolutely delicious in salads. Paired with arugula, Prosciutto di Parma, gorgonzola, and a lemon-pepper vinaigrette, figs add the perfect level of sweetness to an otherwise savory meal. Remember, the riper the fig, the sweeter the taste. If you prefer a slightly bitter edge to your fruits, consider using figs that aren’t quite ripe.
–Blueberries – Blueberries can be added to just about any salad for a burst of summertime flavor. One great combination is to add these berries, whole or sliced, to a spinach and grilled chicken salad topped with fennel. Pair your salad with a delicious red or white sangria, both are packed with fruit.
Enjoy a Summer Salad at Strega Prime
Strega Prime offers a variety of summer salads for all tastes. Although we specialize in Italian fare, our staff is happy to make any substitutions or additions you desire whenever you dine with us. Next time you’re craving a salad on a hot day, join us for a light meal made from the highest quality fruits and vegetables in the region.
Don’t forget to sip on one of our summer cocktails with your salad, including our Apple Terrier with Copper Dog Scotch, Apple Liqueur and Ginger Beer. Our Strawberry Fresca is another popular option that consists of Don Julio Blanco, Muddled Strawberries, Lemon Simple Syrup and Sprite.