July 11, 2017
Here in Arizona, this hot weather has me dreaming of a big, refreshing summer salad for my next meal. Many of Chef Chic’s clients have also requested salads as part of their meal plans this season—and we’re happy to oblige!
Salads don’t have to be a boring side dish. Throw out the iceberg lettuce and commercial Italian dressing in favor of more colorful, tasty options that please the eye and the stomach. Done right, a salad can move to the center of the plate and become a whole meal in itself.
Our favorite artisanal, upscale summer salads feature ingredients like heirloom veggies, grilled steaks, feta cheese and edible flowers. Below is a sneak peek of our menu options. Try any of the following combinations for a gourmet, cooling and satisfying meal. Better yet, let us create customized summer salads just for you!
Kale, Quinoa & Black Bean Salad: Think outside the salad box by replacing lettuce with greens like raw kale or chard. Massage the leaves with a little salt, olive oil and lemon to soften. Toss in some cooked quinoa, black beans and any other additions like minced red onion, heirloom tomatoes or black olives for a quick vegan meal.
Steak Fajita Salad with Chipotle Ranch: Grill steak with bell peppers and yellow onion, then slice into thin strips and add to mixed greens. Add a little chipotle powder into your favorite homemade ranch dressing recipe for a spicy kick!
Spinach Salad with Strawberries, Almonds and Feta: Fruit makes a wonderful complement to many salads, and strawberries are a natural choice for spinach and balsamic vinaigrette. Throw in some slivered almonds and feta cheese to get the full range of flavors and textures. Using edible flowers as a delicate garnish makes this a standout dish.
Southwestern Chopped Salad with Chicken: Marinate chicken with your favorite Southwestern spices (think: chili powder, lime and cumin), then grill and add to a blend of chopped romaine leaves, corn, black beans, cherry tomatoes and bell peppers. Finish with cilantro-avocado dressing for an extra burst of flavor.
BLT Caesar Salad: Upgrade your classic Caesar salad by adding grilled chicken breast, crumbled bacon and cherry tomatoes to the mix. Top with Parmesan shreds, homemade croutons and creamy Caesar dressing to complete the meal.
Make Salads the Star of Next Week’s Menu
Ready to upgrade your meals with refreshing, upscale summer salads? Contact us to set up a weekly meal plan or schedule our catering service for your next event. And if you’re already a client, ask us about including more artisanal salads on your weekly menus.