Keep the heat out of the kitchen this summer with these fresh and easy salads from Erin Wade at Vinaigrette
By Ellen Ranta Olson
With the abundance of fresh produce available at farmers markets across the Southwest, now is the time to add a salad to your holiday party menu. Erin Wade — farmer, chef and owner of salad bistro Vinaigrette in Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Austin — offers up these summer salad recipes that’ll make you happy to skip the hot dogs this weekend.
“Summer is such a fun time to draw on nostalgia for inspiration,” Wade says. “School-free summertime memories are shot through with recollections of food. A bowl of juicy peaches, shark-fin slices of watermelon, buttery corn on the cob — they’re all great building blocks for summertime salads.”
Recipe 1: Fire Roasted Corn Salad with Feta and Cherry Tomatoes
Take your sweet corn off the cob and pair it with tangy feta and acidic tomatoes for a dish that is great on its own or perfect with grilled steak and shrimp.
Recipe 2: Peach and Burrata Salad with Prosciutto, Corn and Scallions
Juicy peaches combined with creamy burrata cheese and salty prosciutto make for an entrée salad that’s worth skipping the grill for a night.
Recipe 3: Spinach and Watermelon Salad with Bacon, Chives and Creamy Blue Cheese
The contrasting flavors of sweet watermelon and salty blue cheese pair perfectly, while the spinach adds a bit of balance.