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SIX SENSATIONAL SUMMER SALADS

We often turn to Emily Lycopolus' OLIVE OIL & VINEGAR LOVER'S COOKBOOK for basic recipes. This week we're featuring six salads that will take you through the summer whether it's a quick lunch for yourself or a refreshing side to a grilled dinner for a crowd.  All of them start with Emily's simple balsamic vinaigrette.  Fresh flavours, crisp textures --for you, your family and friends.

BASIC BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE
1/4 cup dark or white balsamic
1 tsp Dijon mustard (or similar)
1 tbsp honey (optional)
1 small shallot, minced (optional)
1/4 - 1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 - 1/2 cup fresh olive oil

Whisk all ingredients except the olive oil until completely blended.  Then slowly pour in olive oil and mix well.  
STRAWBERRY BLUEBERRY SPINACH SALAD
Prepare a bed of baby spinach leaves, and add fresh sliced strawberries and whole blueberries. Make Emily's BASIC BALSAMIC dressing with STRAWBERRY balsamic and BLOOD ORANGE olive oil. Toss the salad, then top with crumbled goat cheese and chopped toasted walnuts.
SUPER GREEN SALAD WITH NEW HARVEST RADISH
Toss together spinach leaves, arugula, and kale, then add slices of red onion, fresh new harvest radish, and sweet red bell peppers. Make Emily's BASIC BALSAMIC dressing with BLACK MISSION FIG balsamic and a ROBUST FRESH olive oil. Add dressing to other ingredients, then toss to combine. 
TROPICAL MANGO & ORANGE SALAD
Toss Boston or Curly lettuce with cubed mango, mandarin oranges, red bell peppers and red onion. Make Emily's BASIC BALSAMIC dressing with COCONUT white balsamic and PERSIAN LIME olive oil. Add to the salad, then toss to combine.
(Optional: Pomegranate and sweet cherry tomatoes)
ITALIAN CAESAR SALAD
Tear romaine lettuce into 2 inch pieces. Make Emily's dressing with TUSCAN HERB olive oil, SICILIAN LEMON white balsamic, 1 egg yolk, 1/2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce and 1 crushed garlic clove. Add croutons and bacon bits to romaine lettuce then toss with the dressing. Garnish with generous amount of Parmesan cheese.
ASIAN GINGER SALAD
Take your choice of mixed greens, sliced green and red bell peppers, carrots, baby corn, water chestnuts and grape tomatoes. Make Emily's BASIC BALSAMIC dressing with HONEY GINGER white balsamic and BLOOD ORANGE olive oil. Top with toasted sesame seeds before serving.
CUCUMBER SALAD WITH LEMON DILL
Peel cucumbers, slice lengthwise in half, then remove seeds. Cut in 1/2" slices. Make Emily's BASIC BALSAMIC dressing with SICILIAN LEMON white balsamic and DILL olive oil. Serve with a dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt.


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