Salad Recipes…Summer Salad Recipes

…just pop into the picnic basket or picnic cooler.

These salad recipes go well with picnic foods and will travel well. They are great summer salad recipes to make when you are off to a picnic.

Fresh and crunchy green salad, so refreshing on a hot summer’s day.

There are also other really simple, tasty salads which will go well with lunch ideas

Just add these to your picnic menu …see how popular you are!

  • Useful Tips
  • salad dressing recipe…basic and variations
  • green salad
  • Potato Salad
  • Tomato and Cucumber Salad
  • Greek salad

  • Useful Tips for Salads

  • Make sure all lettuce and greens are well washed in cold water.
  • If you don’t have a lettuce spinner to remove excess water, drain well and gently pat dry, then wrap salad greens in a paper towel.
  • Well drained greens can be stored in a plastic bag in the crisper in the fridge …this will make them beautifully crisp.
  • Keep salads cool, but not on a frozen cooler brick…being too cold or frozen will ruin greens.
  • Carry the dressing in a small plastic container with tight lid.
  • Salad dressing is best kept in a cool dark place.
  • Only toss the dressing on the salad at the last minute.
  • It is useful to double or triple the dressing recipe as it will last well….Leave excess at home in fridge for future use.

  • Basic Salad Dressing

    Whisk ingredients together in a bowl, or put into a jar with tight lid and shake to amalgamate.


  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • Ground pepper and salt if you wish

  • …and for Variations

    Vary the taste with different vinegars

  • apple cider vinegar
  • raspberry vinegar
  • red wine vinegar
  • Lemon juice...very delicious
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • …or different oils

  • Walnut oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Pumpkin seed oil
  • Grape seed oil
  • 1-2 teaspoons Sesame seed oil added to olive oil
  • For tastier salad dressing add one or two of these to the basic recipe.

  • 1-2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • ½ teaspoon French mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Or herbs …add just one, or maybe pinch of each

  • French tarragon…1/2 teaspoon dried, or bit more of fresh
  • Chopped basil
  • Touch of oregano
  • Touch of thyme
  • Finely chopped chili…small amount without seeds
  • Been shoots
  • Chopped chives
  • Chopped mint
  • coriander…cilantro
  • Other variations…sprinkle on top or gently fold through.

  • 1-2 tablespoons pesto (can buy little pots or make your own) add to basic salad dressing …our favorite!
  • Finely grated or shaved parmesan or pecorino cheese
  • Crumbled Feta cheese
  • Finely chopped anchovies… can add to basic dressing
  • Chopped crunchy cooked bacon
  • ½ cup roasted walnuts
  • Roasted pine nuts
  • Fresh young asparagus…no need to cook, just break into short pieces
  • Individual seedless green grapes

  • Now you can see the many variations…just play with them, use your imagination…

    Find your favorite combination !

    There is no need to buy pre-made salad dressings full of preservatives and other nasties, when it is soo easy to make your own !

    Green Salad Recipes

    There are many options, but these favorite basic salad recipes go so well with lunch ideas.

    It is easy to add variations … like radicchio, which although red, adds a tang...and avocado, or green beans and herbs.

    Our green grocer has a lovely mixture of salad leaves, mesclun salad mix, the best crunchy crisp leaves from the lettuce center for the green salad… favorites!

    This salad is for 6 people but it is easy to adjust for larger or smaller groups.


  • Six hands of lettuce…Allow a good handful of mixed greens per person …chosen from these mixed leaves below or buy a bag of mixed lettuce leaves.
  • Cos lettuce…crisp and yum
  • Iceberg
  • Butter
  • Little gem
  • Lambs lettuce
  • Mustard leaves
  • Curly endive
  • Oak leaf lettuce
  • Romaine lettuce….crunchy
  • An extra handful of…

  • Watercress
  • Baby spinach leaves
  • Peppery rocket leaves...Arugula
  • 1 red onion finely sliced
  • Baby beet leaves
  • green beans…slice then steam for few minutes, then plunge into cold water to keep them crunchy
  • Optional…if in your garden or fridge you have access to…

  • Few nasturtiums and hearts ease flowers and nasturtiums leaves( small)
  • Other fresh herbs such as fresh Oregano leaves and blue Borage flowers
  • Few long chives
  • Capers
  • Avocado sliced and with lemon squeezed over to stop browning
  • The basic salad dressing (above) with crushed garlic added,is recommeneded, but really here is a chance to use your imagination.

    This could easily be included amongst gourmet picnic recipes.

    When travelling with picnic food, keep the dressing separate from the greens until you are serving it with the picnic lunch ideas.

    Potato Salad Recipe

    One of the summer salad recipes which everyone loves!

    This German potato salad recipe came from the Barossa Valley and is great in picnic sanwiches.


  • 1kg (2lb) Potatoes …baby potatoes, or large potatoes chopped into bite sized cubes
  • White wine vinegar…1/4 to 1/2 cup...or more to taste
  • 1/2 to 1 finely chopped salad onion
  • 1 cup thick cream
  • Pepper and salt…to taste
  • Optional extras…

  • 2 or more tablespoons Horseradish…add to cream
  • 3-6 rashers crunchy crumbled cooked bacon
  • 2 chopped hard boiled eggs
  • Chopped fresh dill
  • Method

  • Scrub then boil potatoes until just tender (don’t overcook). Skins can be left on or if you prefer peel them first.
  • Strain water from potatoes and then while still hot… add vinegar and onion and cream. Fold gently and leave to steep.
  • Bacon and eggs can be sprinkled over the top of the salad.
  • This serves 6 and can be eaten warm or cold.

  • Another Version for a Tasty Potato Salad Recipe...
  • Follow the recipe above but use a cup of mayonnaise instead of cream and vinegar
  • 1/2 cup of chopped dill is tasty with this too
  • A little decadence…try these potato salads on warm fresh bread…YUM!

    Tomato and Cucumber Salad

    This is really simple and compliments quiche, egg and bacon pie and cold meats.


  • 6-8 medium sized tomatoes …if you can find heritage varieties or just different sizes and colors …truss, egg shaped and cherry tomatoes give an interesting look.
  • 2 tablespoons semi dried tomatoes.
  • 1 large or 3-4 small cucumbers…Lebanese and continental are best …they are crunchy and do not need seeds removed or peeling… but any cucumber you favor will do.

    If skin is tough it will need peeling though.

  • Red salad onion
  • Few fresh oregano leaves and/or basil leaves coarsely chopped or torn
  • 4 table spoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • Pepper and salt
  • Method

  • Cut the tomatoes into thick slices.
  • Cut cucumbers into rounds
  • Medium to Finely cut onion rings
  • Cut semi dried tomatoes into smaller pieces and sprinkle through the layers
  • Layer tomatoes alternately with onion rings and oregano and basil
  • Whisk oil and vinegar together and drizzle over tomatoes and cucumbers and leaves.
  • Season to taste.
  • Tips

    If tomatoes are lacking flavor a little sugar sprinkled over before dressing is drizzled, will bring out flavor.

    Tomatoes and cucumbers can be chopped into cubes if you prefer. Chop onion finely if you do this.

    For more flavors …try adding capers, or olives, or cubed feta cheese.

    This is even better the next day and will last well in the fridge.

    Greek Salad

  • 4 big ripe tomatoes
  • 1 long continental or Lebanese cucumber
  • 1 red capsicum
  • 200 gm Greek feta cheese
  • Big handful Kalamata olives…or similar
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano and 1 tablespoon of fresh if you have it
  • 1 red onion roughly chopped
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar
  • Ground Pepper and sea salt to taste

  • Method

  • Whisk or shake olive oil and lemon juice…or vinegar to combine
  • Chop all other ingredients and put them into the salad bowl…gently combine and pour dressing over
  • Try to sprinkle some of the olives and feta cheese over the top…looks very inviting!
  • Possibly not strictly correct but I find a handful of tasty rocket is nice in this too
  • There are other versions of Greek salad recipes but this is the one we use …and besides it is a lovely salad.

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