Summers are all about the salads for me. Regardless of what we have growing in our garden, summer is the time to spend more at the farmer’s market than at the grocery store, buying up all the fresh produce you can.
We’ve been eating our way through pounds of peaches, tomatoes, greens, zucchini, okra, herbs, berries…you name it, I’ll put it in my salad!
But out of all the salads we’ve made so far this summer, this one has been my favorite.
It’s simple. You don’t need tons of ingredients. It’s easy to customize, and the dressing will pretty much go with any topping you like.
No matter what I have in my salads, I like to make sure that there are at least 3 different textures and at least 1 source of healthy fat and/or protein, if not more! Especially if your salad is going to be your meal and not just a side.
This mix is torn romaine, arugula, halved cherry tomatoes, sliced avocado, hard boiled eggs, and some salted rosemary marcona almonds (AMAZING).
But the dressing is the best part. Thick, tangy Stonyfield greek yogurt mixed with bright pesto, a little extra olive oil, salt, and pepper. It’s one of the easiest homemade dressings you can make and so delicious that you’ll want it on everything this summer!
And when it comes to serving big summer salads, I love putting everything on a big platter, adding some dressing, and then letting each person take what they want. This is a great way to do salads for big parties because it lets everyone choose how much of each topping they want, or they can also pass on something if they’re not a fan. I’ve never really had the space before to have larger serving platters, so when Stonyfield and Wayfair paired up together for this summer salad combo, I knew exactly what I wanted to get!
I found this beautiful set of blue printed platters, as well as a set of simple, white serving dishes to use for salads just like this one. The white set is the perfect size for me and Nick, and the blue ones will be great to have when we have company over. If you’re looking for a new set of salad bowls or serving platters (or anything else kitchen related), check out Wayfair!
Summer Salad with Pesto Yogurt Dressing
This salad is best with classic romaine, peppery arugula, bright tomatoes, creamy avocado, and crunchy almonds, but feel free to customize your mix-ins for whatever you like. I love the balance of the summery pesto with the tomatoes and crunch of the nuts.
- 2 cups torn romaine lettuce
- 2 cups arugula
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 4 hard boiled eggs, halved
- 1 avocado, sliced
- 1/2 cup marcona almonds
- 1/4 cup Stonyfield greek yogurt
- 2 Tbsp pesto
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- Place all the salad ingredients on a large platter.
- In a small bowl, mix the yogurt, pesto, olive oil, salt, and pepper together.
- Drizzle the dressing over the platter.
- Divide the salad ingredients on separate plates or bowls, toss with more dressing (optional), and serve.
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