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Recipe: Chopped Summer Salad

Wine Toast

This is an incredibly versatile salad that can fit any occasion. The flavors are fresh, and reflect what is available during the Texas summer season.

Essential Ingredients:

  • 1 cup each chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, sweet pepper, cauliflower or broccoli, and radishes
  • 2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup chopped fresh herbs such as mint, basil, cilantro and lemon balm. Almost any fresh herb will work, but too many different herbs muddies the flavor. I like to go with a single herb for any given salad
  • 1/4-1/2 cup fresh lemon or lime juice
  • Salt to taste

Other great ingredients include snap peas, beans, zucchini or other summer squash, raw beets, bean sprouts, onions, kohlrabi, anise, celery, fresh corn and jicama.

To make it a meal you can add chick peas, black beans or lentils. Any hearty bean will hold up well and make this salad a nice light summer dinner.

To prepare, toss all ingredients together, refrigerate for about an hour before serving. Enjoy!