Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Summer Slacking Salads

June marks the start of my summer slacking season on the blog. Hey, in Wisconsin, warm weather begins in June and ends mid-September, if we’re lucky—so there’s some urgency to take advantage of it.

These are my dos and don’ts for a nice summer evening in Milwaukee:

Do: Go for a walk or bike ride on the lakefront

Don’t: Go to the gym

Do: Read on the patio at Alterra

Don’t: Read at home

Do: Get custard at Kopp’s

Don’t: Bake

Do: Make salad

Don’t: Make anything that leaves grease stains on your stove

So, salad. Here’s a little number I made on a hot day last week. Mix everything in a big bowl.

  • Brie, cut up in chunks
  • Sliced tomatoes (make sure both brie and tomatoes are at room temperature—they will taste better)
  • Chopped scallions
  • Black olives
  • Chopped parsley
  • Thinly sliced onions
  • Dressing: something Italian, or a red wine vinegar/balsamic/olive oil combo
And here are a few other low-maintenance salads to make during summer slacking season, ranked by time commitment:

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