No-Cook Summer Salad

June 14, 2011 in Italian, Salad, The Daily Blog, The Weekly Menus and Recipes

It’s summer.

It’s hot in our house.

It’s the first time Jason has lived in a house without air conditioning.

(He’s from the great air-conditioned state of Texas.)

(He can be a bit whiny sometimes.)

He wanted to buy a window air-conditioning unit for our room.

I wasn’t really into that.

But, I am into keeping things cool.

With luxurious pools.

With refreshing beverages.

With no-cook dinners.

Think of this recipe as the best compromise a Texas boy can get from his Colorado wife.

Recipe bonus: you can buy almost everything for this meal at your local farmer’s market.

Bonus #2: And I bet you have everything for the dressing already in your pantry! Woo to the hoo.

Serves 4

Ingredients:

¼ lb. thick-cut salami, cut into thin strips

¼ lb. mozzarella cheese, cut into thin strips

1 lb. white mushrooms, wiped cleans and sliced

4 roma tomatoes, cut into bite-sized pieces

2 zucchini, peeled and chopped into bite-sized pieces

½ red onion, sliced thinly

1 lb. mixed greens

1/2 loaf crusty bread, cut into bite-sized chunks

4 pepperoncini

 

Dressing:

3 1/2 tablespoons olive oil

1/4 cup and 1 tsp. sherry or red wine vinegar

1/2 tsp. each garlic powder, dried oregano, dried basil, pepper, salt, onion powder

1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard

Directions:

Oh boy. This is a super tough one. Get your pens and printers ready, my friends!

Step one: Combine spices, mustard and vinegar in a medium, sealable container to make dressing. Mix well, then slowly pour in oil, mixing constantly until emulsified.

Step two: Throw all vegetables, salami, mozzarella, and bread in a large bowl.

Step three: Add dressing (about 2 tbsp. per serving).

Step four: Toss with tongs to combine.

Step five: Serve in individual bowls.

Step six: Tell your whiny husband to stop whining. He has a nice, cool, refreshing farmer’s market dinner. He don’t need no air conditioning.

On a side note, I am a license plate collector (they hang in my classroom).

My friend, colleague, and faithful blog reader, TDA brought me three license plates.

I brought him salad. And a soft pretzel. (And soup – for a later, winter post.)

Ain’t friends great?

 

No-Cook Summer Salad

2 Comments

    1. Rae says:

      My recommendation? A whole house fan. Run it after dark, the entire house will be as cool as the night’s low temp when you get up. Then shut the windows and drapes and it’ll stay cool most of the day, until nightfall, when you turn the fan on again. We don’t need no airconditioner!

      Love the salad dressing, btw!

      • Kellie says:

        That may just be next on the “house wants” list! For now, he’s happy…I had a window fan at school and I brought it home to use in our bedroom at night. It has been working wonders! And glad you like the salad dressing! It is one of my new faves.

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