Delicious Summer Salad

by Erica Dinho on August 19, 2009

Summer SaladOops! I meant to post this salad recipe almost 2 months ago when I made seafood and chicken paella for dinner for my sister-in-law and her family when they came to visit from Virginia. I wanted to make a fresh, simple, but delicious salad to go with the paella and I think this recipe was the right choice, at least the empty bowl in the kitchen made me think so :)

It is truly a fantastic salad, try it!
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(4- 6 Servings)

  • 4 cups lightly packed arugula
  • 4 cups lightly packed mixed torn greens such as romaine, red or green leaf lettuce, or radicchio, washed and dried
  • 1/3 cup toasted pine nuts
  • ½ pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2 inches pieces
  • 2 cups chopped fresh tomatoes
  • 6 radishes, thinly sliced
  • Dressing
  • ½ tablespoon whole grain Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper


  1. Fill a medium pot with water and bring it to a boil. Place the asparagus and blanch 1 minute. Rinsed with cold water and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine the arugula, mixed greens, tomatoes, radishes, pine nuts and asparagus.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the mustard, vinegar, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Slowly drizzle the olive oil whisking constantly, add the fresh parsley, adjust the seasoning to taste and serve.
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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Bunny August 19, 2009 at 8:15 AM

it’s light and delicious, just perfect for this HEAT!! LOL!! Thanks for posting!


2 KennyT August 19, 2009 at 12:55 PM

I’ll like any salad if there is arugula in, hehe


3 Soma August 19, 2009 at 4:45 PM

I don’t use Argula as much as i should. the dressing sounds perfect, non creamy flavorful & light.


4 rebecca subbiah August 19, 2009 at 9:13 PM

love these greens


5 Erica August 19, 2009 at 9:34 PM

Thank you all so much for the comments!!!


6 Lynda August 19, 2009 at 11:01 PM

This is a fresh and healthy salad… love the addition of asparagus!


7 Natasha - 5 Star Foodie August 20, 2009 at 7:32 AM

I like your addition of pine nuts and radishes, lovey salad!


8 Oysterculture August 20, 2009 at 8:10 AM

another great recipe, simple tasty and as you mention with all the tastes of summer.


9 nora@ffr August 21, 2009 at 10:37 AM

yumm!! love the combo.. yes this a perfect summer salad :)


10 Erica August 26, 2009 at 8:09 AM

Thank you everyone for visiting!


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