Summer salads are one of my favorite things. If you couldn’t tell, look through the salad archives. I am all ABOUT the cool, the crispy, the sweet and the tangy, and the fresh fresh fresh. Summer is the single best time of the year for salads, because we can experiment, we have access to fresh produce that we won’t see for half of the year, and it’s hot outside. Cool salads rule in the summer heat!
At my local farmer’s market, there are always beautiful varieties of fruits and veg. We are in a vegetable CSA this year, which stands for “community-supported agriculture.” This means, in advance of the summer season, we paid a certain amount up front directly to the farmer, and then once a week we pick up a bag with whatever the farm has that is ready for market. For example, this week we got red potatoes, heirloom cherry tomatoes, garlic, cucumbers, a HUGE zucchini squash, and two beautiful eggplant.
When picking up last week’s share, the market was full of blackberries. Dustin, our CSA farmer from 10 Acre Woods here in Oklahoma, passed along a completely amazing salad recipe from another of his customers, whom I know only as “The Canadian Guy!” This salad combines cherry tomatoes, blackberries (or other summer berries of your choice), mint, lemon, olive oil — it is truly amazing. The flavor is deep, rich, sweet and tangy, and really unique. I think it is fantastic, and I hope you will give it a try!
So, here’s the newest member of my summer salads family, The Canadian Guy’s Berry-Tomato Salad, which I have courtesy of 10 Acre Woods!