Summer has hit and the rising temperatures and longer evenings also bring a cornucopia of exquisite meals. Barbecues, grilled fish, picnics - all hallmarks of summer eating and something we look forward to throughout the year. However, if there is one thing that binds these meals together, the mainstay of your summer meal; the Salad. 

With the bounty of wonderful produce that arrives during these warmer months, Summer salads should be bright, vibrant and memorable. No more boring bags of iceberg lettuce! 

Here are 5 of our Summer Salads worth getting excited about. 

Miso Tuna Salad Niçoise with Wasabi Dressing
A classic dish from Provence, Salade Niçoise is both healthy and satisfying. In this version we have combined the ingredients from the Mediterranean with the flavours of Japan - marinating the tuna in miso and crusting in sesame seeds, and adding wasabi to the classic dressing for an extra zing. There's also quails eggs, black olive crumb and grilled artichoke hearts, so yeah, this salad rocks.
Grilled Ratatouille with herb dressing
Most people are familiar with ratatouille as a warm, comforting vegetable stew (although it's also delicious cold on toast). Yet it uses all of these wonderful summery vegetables - tomatoes, peppers, aubergines, courgettes. Is a stew summery? We've made a grilled salad variation of this French staple, served with a pepper and carrot puree and a vibrant herb dressing. 
Milanese Chicken Caesar Salad with Gremolata
Forget buying ready-made Caesar Salad Dressing. Making your own is not only super easy, but we guarantee it's going to taste better than anything bought in every single time. This salad is a classic and we didn't want to mess with it too much. 
Our incarnation replaces the croutons and grilled chicken with crisp-crumbed Milanese Chicken, two-birds-one-stone, and an added anchovy gremolata for an extra kick.
Glorious Tomato Salad with Olive Crumb
Ripe, in-season Tomatoes. so versatile and so universally loved, is there anything better than the tomato? This salad, perhaps? The added pine nuts, olive crumb, which sounds fancy but is super easy to make, and herb oil bring the best out of this sublime summer staple.
Crunchy Thai Peanut Slaw
Fresh, crunchy, sweet, salty, nutty, we absolutely love making this salad when it's boiling hot outside. Combining an addictive peanut dressing with shredded peppers, cucumber, mango and carrots this healthy Thai slaw is a guaranteed crowd pleaser.
See, salads don't have to be boring. If you're looking for more ideas for summer dishes, here are a few recipes that make the most of summer ingredients.


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