Savoring salad season


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Even though salads can be enjoyed year-round, the warmer months signal salad season for some fans of al fresco dining.

Barbecues, family reunions, picnics, potlucks, block parties, pool parties or simple family dinners are a few reasons to savor the season, and all are ideal occasions to serve a salad.

Middle Eastern-Inspired Bean Salad

Prep time: 20 minutes

Servings: 6

1 can (15 ounces) READ 3 or 4 Bean Salad

1/2 cup halved cherry or grape tomatoes

1 small cucumber (4-5 inches long), cut in half lengthwise then thinly sliced crosswise

2 green onions, thinly sliced

1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint

1 small clove garlic, minced

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Dressing:

2 tablespoons prepared hummus

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1/4-1/2 teaspoon za’atar seasoning blend

Drain bean salad. Discard liquid. Place bean salad in large bowl.

Add tomatoes, cucumber, onions, parsley, mint, garlic and red pepper flakes to bean salad. Toss to combine.

To make dressing: Combine hummus, lemon juice and seasoning; set aside.

Add dressing to salad just before serving; toss to combine well. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Pickled Beet and Red Quinoa Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 15-20 minutes

Servings: 8

Vinaigrette:

1/4 cup fresh orange juice

1 tablespoon orange zest

1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)

2 tablespoons olive oil

Salad:

1 jar (16 ounces) Aunt Nellie’s Baby Whole Pickled Beets

1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained

1/2 cup thinly sliced green onion

1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

1/2cup red quinoa, cooked according to package directions (about 1 1/2 cups cooked)

1/2 cup coarsely chopped almonds, toasted

1/3 cup crumbled reduced-fat or traditional feta cheese

1 tablespoon orange zest

To make vinaigrette: In small bowl, whisk together orange juice, orange zest, black pepper, salt, if desired, and olive oil; set aside.

To make salad: Drain beets. Place in large bowl; set aside.

Add chickpeas, green onion, parsley and quinoa to beets. Add vinaigrette; toss to combine well.

Just before serving, add almonds to salad; toss to combine well. Sprinkle with feta cheese and orange zest. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

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