Heirloom yellow, green, and red tomatoes and cherry tomatoes, mint, microgreens, and toasted pistachios
Even though Labor Day weekend stretches into September this year, the heat is on and it still feels -- at least according to the mercury -- like we're in the middle of summer. And since we're celebrating Labor Day here in America, the last thing anyone wants to do is labor over a meal. Certainly, slaving over a hot stove is out of the question. But Americans love to grill, and the perfect accompaniment to grilled meat and seafood is a great summer salad.
And sometimes, salads are a great substitute for protein-heavy summer meals, as the main course. Composed salads are comprised of elements other than just greens and a few simple vegetables, plated together. Sometimes, there are no greens whatsoever. But even green salads can be elevated to another level with an interesting dressing (replace red wine vinegar with sherry vinegar, add a touch of dijon or miso, use walnut or hazelnut oil instead of olive oil). Whether the salad is an accompaniment to burgers or steaks or lobster or grilled fish, keeping things cool with vegetables tied together with a great, bracing vinaigrette is the easiest, healthiest path to a delicious meal this Labor Day weekend. Herewith, some inspiration for delicious summer salads that require very little work -- and just some assembly, in many cases. Here's to a relaxing, labor-free Labor Day weekend: enjoy!
Classic tuna Nicoise salad with grilled fresh tuna
Burrata, heirloom tomato, white peach, basil and mint
Classic iceberg wedge salads with blue cheese, bacon, cherry tomatoes and chives
Watercress with herbs, plums, red onion, and peanuts in Asian dressing
Heirloom tomato, radicchio, and grilled peaches
Mixed lettuces with broccoli, fresh apricot, and pomegranate