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Summer Veggie Salad with Garden Herb Dressing

All I want to do is eat this big, fat, juicy salad every single day for the rest of the summer.  It’s the kind of salad that keeps your body feeling balanced when life is crazy, it’s the kind of salad to cool you off on a hot summer day, it’s the kind of salad to fill you up + give you a kick of energy.  It can be adapted with any summer veggies and herbs you have on hand.  This is really more of a starting point.

Pick. Wash. Peel. Chop. Blend. Toss. EAT.

summer veggie salad with garden herb dressing >> edible perspective

summer veggie salad with garden herb dressing >> edible perspective



summer veggie salad with garden herb dressing >> edible perspective

Making squash curls are my absolute new favorite way to eat summer squash.  I enjoy it raw more than cooked and it only takes minutes to prepare!  They have a nice bite and no squeaky/mushy texture.  When peeled with a vegetable peeler [or a mandolin slicer] you can easily curl the the squash pieces for easy eating and a fancy look! 

And who doesn’t like a little fancy every now + again?

summer veggie salad with garden herb dressing >> edible perspective

summer veggie salad with garden herb dressing >> edible perspective

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Summer Veggie Salad with Garden Herb Dressing gluten-free, vegan // yields 4 large salads

for the salad:

  • 1 head lacinato kale
  • 1 medium head romaine
  • 1 3/4 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 16oz package baby bella mushrooms
  • 1 pint cherry/grape tomatoes
  • 2 medium zucchini squash
  • 1 medium yellow squash
  • 2 avocados
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa, fully cooled
  1. Thoroughly wash kale + romaine, pat dry, remove stems/ends, and chop.
  2. Rinse + drain chickpeas.
  3. Remove mushroom stems, wipe with a damp towel, and chop.
  4. Slice tomatoes in half.
  5. Trim squash ends.  With a vegetable peeler, peel the first few layers from the squash and discard. 
  6. Peel until rest of the each squash [flip and start on the other side if needed] and curl them around your finger to make the squash curls.  Chop any remaining squash that can’t be peeled.
  7. Pit and slice the avocado.
  8. Mix the romaine and kale in 4 bowls and toss with dressing, massaging well with your hands.
  9. Place an even mix of chickpeas, mushrooms, tomatoes, squash curls, avocado, and 1/2 cup quinoa* in each bowl.
  10. Spoon more dressing over top and serve.

*I cooked plain quinoa as a topping for this salad but forgot to add it in the bowl for the photographs.  My apologies!  The salad is delicious with or without the quinoa [or brown rice!].

for the dressing:

  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 4-6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs, oregano/thyme/chives
  • 1-2 teaspoons agave, or honey
  • 1 teaspoon brown mustard
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2+ teaspoon salt/pepper
  1. Place ingredients in a blender and blend on low working up to high until fully combined.  Taste and add more lemon juice/oil, salt/pepper, or sweetener if desired.  I typically like an even amount of oil and lemon juice or slightly more lemon.  You can adapt the herbs with whatever you have on hand.  If you’re not using any basil, add 1-2 tablespoons of other herbs instead, taste + add more if desired.

The next night we made taco salads and I adapted the dressing with lime juice and about 1/2 teaspoon cumin.  It was excellent!

summer veggie salad with garden herb dressing >> edible perspective

Things are going well on the moving front and we are so happy to be in our new spot.  We’re really digging the neighborhood and have been exploring as much as possible.  We have some renovation work happening for the next 1-2 months so we’re currently living in the basement.  After a little kitchen work is done this week and next we’ll be moving our things onto the main floor and settling in a bit more. Thanks for hanging with the odd posting schedule!


Reader Comments (20)

This looks a lot like what I've been living off of this summer. SO good! You're right, I could eat it just about everyday.
I love zucchini and summer squash strips too! I make them and throw them in with pasta to cut back on the pasta needed. They get cooked just the tiniest bit with the hot pasta and they're perfect. Your cobb salad photos are simply lovely and look delish.
August 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnanda
i love the squash curls. i've been enjoying summer squash "pasta" this summer with kale pesto. gorgeous salad.
Salad, salad. I love summer for the great salads it entails!
YUM!! So many of my favorite flavors together. Loving the zucchini rolls too!
Gorgeous!! I love zucchini curls!!

Good luck with the getting settled. The house is so cute!
August 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTieghan
I love the rolled up zucchini!!!
I love simple meals like this--and I can't wait to try making your squash curls. I've been adding herbs to dressing, but I never thought to blend it all together--can't wait to try it!!
I totally want to get a peeler like that...and the one that makes them into noodles/matchsticks. This is just so visually appetizing. I would like to eat salads for the rest of the summer if summer would return to us. We're getting screwed over here on my end and I'm not happy about it!
August 6, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterchar eats greens
What a great salad, I absolutely love this! :)
August 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKelly
Gonna try this...I love salads..
August 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEleanor
August 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTammela
Hi Ashley.
This my sound odd question - but what do you use to make pictures? Is it professional camera? They look really nice.
Great idea of salad - I would not let anyone to eat it - its to pretty ;)
August 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChowder
@Chowder - I have a Canon 7d and use a 50mm f/1.4 lens. Thanks so much!
August 7, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
Random doggy says woof!
August 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEmily @ My Little Lasik
The salad looks absolutely delicious and extremely healthy. I love anything with olive oil and basil in it, which is why I am sure I will love this salad. Thanks a lot for the recipe and if you have any such other great recipes please do share those with your readers.
August 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSophie Taylor
Yum..I am loving zucchini too...I made raw zucchini noodles with a spiralizer for dinner last night..delish! Congrats on ur move...yay! I am in South Denver (Highlands Ranch area)...what part of Denver are you in? Blogger meet up perhaps in the future? :)
August 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLiz
Where did you get that peeler???
August 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSusan
Recipes like this remind me why I love the summer so much and if the photographs are anything to go by this summer salad probably tastes as good as it looks.
The idea of making squash curls by wrapping around your finger is truly original.
August 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKaren
@Susan - I'm not sure! It's my sister-in-law's peeler. I would check Bed, Bath, and Beyond. I'm sure they have a similar one!
August 13, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley

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