22 August 2013

Saveur Summertime Salad Social - A Roundup of 10 Favorite Salads


Got a great idea for a summer party from the last issue of Saveur—a Salad Social! A potluck (or bring-a-dish, called in some circles a "hotdish") of nothing but salads. Everyone brings a salad—and, I'm assuming, it would be a good idea to find out in advance what each person wants to bring so you don't end up with a dozen bowls of coleslaw or ... well, you get the picture.  

You will need main dish, side dish and dessert salads. One maverick couple at the party in the Saveur article even brought gazpacho—sneakily calling it "liquid salad" to slip it through. Doesn't that sound like fun?!

And apropos of absolutely nothing (though I do go through a lot of kitchen towels when I'm cooking), I just got an even dozen of the most fabulous kitchen towel ever! This 20x30-Inch Ripple Kitchen Towel is, at last, my dream towel!

But back to the party! Let's start with a main dish:

 



 

Here are two versions of broccoli salad:

  

 


You can't have a summer potluck without vast quantities of potato salad: 




 

And, of course, a marvelous macaroni salad:

 





You'll want green salads. Here's one that can be made and dressed ahead:

 


 

Winter Salad (for summer, use a different tangerine)

 
And for something a little different:
 
 
And for dessert, fruit salads. If you're fortunate enough to get hold of some perfect peaches:




 

So where's Salad Number 10? You bring it! I know none of you ever put links in your comments (that would be gauche!), but today I am inviting you to include a link to your very favorite salad, whether it's on your own blog or someone else's. After all, this is a potluck! 

26 comments:

Lynn @ TheActorsDiet.com said...

how funny - right before i read this post i sent an email proposing a potluck! can't wait to try some of these...

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Funny how that happens! I really love salads, but I don't make them nearly often enough. You will love my mom's potato salad.

Cranberry Morning said...

Fun post, Jean! I'd eat the high-protein salad with the peaches for dessert. And I'd bring my 4 bean salad to share. :-) Thanks for the invitation! ;-)

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Judy, thanks! I love a nice, well-marinated four-bean salad. Just because something is easy doesn't mean it isn't delicious! Bring it!

yummychunklet said...

Everything looks fantastic. Fun potluck ideas!

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Thanks, yummychunklet! I'm definitely going to do this kind of party.

Angie Schneider said...

I love the roundup, Jean. Lots of great salads...love particularly that high protein broccoli salad.

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Angie, thanks! Yes, that broccoli salad is one of my favorites. And I always need protein.

Jenn S said...

I saw that in Saveur too and thought it was a great idea!! And your salads.... YUM!! Can I please come to your salad party??? :)

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Of course, Jenn! And you can bring a salad of grilled vegetables - that's your assignment!

Grant said...

Oh dear, now I think I'm going to have to have salad for lunch! Those salads look so yum! I think that first broccoli salad looks amazing! And of course I'll eat the salad with joy in my heart! :-)

smiles, Grant

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Thanks, Grant! Wish I had a big bowl of it in my fridge right now to eat over the weekend.

LANA said...

Oh that first pasta salad looks so good! It's been so hot here in Florida that I hardly ever cook anymore - I think you gave me the solution. No more frozen dinners for me!

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Thanks, Lana, glad to help! When it's just too hot to cook, you can have a big bowl of salad in the fridge and eat it for a few days.

Heather Kinnaird said...

what a fun potluck idea :) I LOVE salad!

http://www.heathersfrenchpress.com/2013/08/pork-tenderloin-salad-for-backtoschoolweek.html

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Mmm ... that's a good-looking salad, Heather. And a great way to use the last of the summer peaches!

Thomas "Sully" Sullivan said...

Late to the table, owing to limited access out on the road. BUT…I do like that Winter Salad – similar to something I make all year round. And I can recommend salads at a very special place called Zimmerman’s near Ann Arbor, Michigan. Also, a good spinach salad with a warm bacon dressing, or…a house salad at Outback Steakhouse with the house dressing (mustard vinaigrette at most locations), and I like to 86 the cukes and the onions. Goes very good with the Alice Springs Chicken (86 the Aussie chips) and Russian black bread. I have probably eaten more than 200 of these.

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Sully, thanks for the salad suggestions. I'll have to try those. I've always wanted to go to Zimmerman's and will do so one day. The family have fond memories of the Maurice Salad at Hudson's, something I missed out on but recently got a recipe for.

Megan Ginsberg said...

Awesome salad suggestions! I love the variety. I'd have to bring my cucumber salad with feta and toasted bread crumbs. http://megan-deliciousdishings.blogspot.com/2013/08/cucumber-salad-with-feta-and-toasted.html

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Yes, Megan, DO bring that one - it would be a hit, for sure!

Charles said...

Lovely salads Jean - potato, mm, my all time favourite! As for number 10... I humbly nominate my beetroot, feta and raspberry salad!

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Mmm ... yes, Charles, a tasty and attractive way to incorporate more beetroot into my diet!

Wedgie said...

Oh, what a wonderful post. Salads can be so interesting, but I usually end up with something tasty...but quite boring! I will be taking some inspiration from you!

Rachel

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Thanks, Rachel! I think we all get into ruts once in a while and don't take advantage of all the variety that's available.

Sippity Sup said...

pretty... GREG

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Thanks, Greg!

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