During these hot summer afternoons, few foods are as equally refreshing and filling as salads. No, I’m not talking plain old Caesar or Cobb. The tastiest recipes have the most unexpected ingredients. Two Peas and Their Pod blogger Maria Lichty suggests “Chickpea, Avocado, and Feta Salad. It takes 5 minutes to make and is always a hit.” For a heartier mix? Try “fruit, nuts, quinoa, pasta, beans, and different cheeses… I love salads that are full of texture.”

Summer Salads

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Before you hit the farmers’ market, fill your cabinets with the proper prep essentials. Maria says, “Salad spinners make washing greens a breeze and, when used as storage, keep them fresher longer.”

Our Sunday Supper: Summer Salads Boutique opened Sunday, July 20, at 11AM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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July 20, 2014

Serve Up Salad

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Move aside, entrées. When done right, a salad is fully capable of taking main stage come dinnertime – especially on a warm summer night, when lighter eats are in order.

Need a recipe? Try Maricel E. Presilla’s Cuban Avocado, Watercress, and Pineapple Salad. Its unexpected heft is twofold: the salad boasts superfood-champ avocado along with a hint of savory smoke (the pineapple is grilled). Plus, it’ll look great out on the table. Get all the details on Food52 – you’ll find yourself serving this dish again and again all summer.

Our Sunday Supper: Serving Up Salad Boutique opens Sunday, June 9, at 11AM ET.

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June 9, 2013