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10 Summer Salads from Provence for Entertaining Outdoors

Summer is not the time of year to be behind a hot stove or pulling casseroles out of an oven. It is, however, the time to prepare simple recipes perfect for outdoor dining, whether at your table, poolside or the next picnic location. Provence is generally hot in the summer, some years approaching 40°C (100+°F), which means you do not want to travel far or cook much. These recipes work great as side dishes with grilled meat or fish. Alternatively, serve them as a main course salad with a protein of your choice.

Enjoy these ten (10) salad recipes inspired by the South of France over the summer months.


10 Summer Salads

A colourful salad filled with fruit and vegetables. This salad pairs perfectly with rosé.

Charred Peach, Asparagus, Mozzarella and Prosciutto Salad
Anna created this recipe to pair with the beautiful Etoile Rosé. A fresh and summery salad that’s ideal as a starter or light main course, and takes just 5 minutes to prepare. Omit the prosciutto for a vegetarian option.
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Charred Peach, Asparagus, Mozzarella and Prosciutto Salad

This summer, salad combines greens, fruits, and nuts to make a delicious salad.

Okanagan Summer Salad
This recipe is slightly adapted from a feature in Bon Appétit magazine. It is a delicious salad that uses our house blend of Herbes de Provence.
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Okanagan Farms A Perfect Summer Salad

A salad that originated in Italy and is full of tomatoes, cucumber, and toasted sourdough bread.

Panzanella Salad
This salad is perfectly suited for summer meals. Serve as a side or as a main with some grilled meat or fish, and of course some rosé.
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Panzanella a Summer Salad

The perfect salad for a warm summer evening. A combination of baby greens, goat cheese, and pears.

Baby Greens with Fried Goat Cheese and Pears
Look no further if you're looking for a light main course for a warm summer evening. This recipe combines sweet, fresh greens with rich, creamy goat cheese for an impeccable combination that will impresses. Want to take it a step further? Pair this dish with a crisp, dry white wine and watch your guests fawn over your expertise.
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Warm Goat Cheese Salad with Pears

A fulfilling salad with cucumbers, tuna, tomatoes, pepper, green beans, hardboiled eggs, and more.

Salade Niçoise - La Salada Nissarda
This salad is presented flat, with the ingredients arranged artistically on the mesclun lettuce. The presentation of this salad is important because it is only mixed before serving.
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Authentic Salade Niçoise Recipe Cuisine nissarde

Zucchini is a beautiful vegetable to enjoy during the summer. However, an alternate way to enjoy zucchini is with this delicious salad recipe. The salad includes squash, tomatoes, and feta cheese too!

Summer Zucchini Squash Salad
An easy, refreshing salad for summer meals.
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Quick Summer Salad Zucchini Recipe

A fun addition to your summer salad is grilling octopus. The salad consists of red potatoes, avocados, arugula, cucumber, and more delicious vegetables topped with a grilled octopus!

Grilled Octopus Salad - Salade Composée aux Poulpes Grillés
This recipe is great for a large, lunch salad or you can serve smaller portions as a starter for dinner.
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Summer Salad Grilled Octopus Recipe

If you are in the mood for seafood, try this summer salmon salad. The salad comprises salmon, avocados, oranges, mangos, pistachios, and more flavours to create a satisfying salad.

Salmon Salad with Citrus and Mango
Prepare the pickled mustard seeds in advance, they will keep in the fridge. This salad is a perfect meal-sized salad for a hot summer day. Enjoy for lunch or a light dinner.
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Summer Salmon Salad Citrus Mango

This recipe is a new way to enjoy eggplant in the summer. Add your eggplant, seasoning, and beans to make a spicy salad.

Zaalouk d’Aubergine Spiced Eggplant Salad from Morocco
Serve this side dish at room temperature with other salads such as the carrot salad with slow-cooked meat or a tagine.
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Moroccan Zaalouk d’Aubergine Spiced Eggplant Salad

A traditional Italian salad that is easy to prepare and involves no cooking!

White Bean and Tuna Salad
This is a perfect summer salad. It is easy to make, does not have many ingredients and there is no cooking. Enjoy!
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White Bean and Tuna Salad
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Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

With her camera and laptop close at hand, Carolyne has traded in her business suits for the world of freelance writing and blogging. Her first airplane ride at six months of age was her introduction to the exciting world of travel.

While in Provence, Carolyne can be found hiking with friends, riding the hills around the Alpilles or tackling Mont Ventoux. Her attachment to the region resonates in Perfectly Provence this digital magazine that she launched in 2014. This website is an opportunity to explore the best of the Mediterranean lifestyle (food & wine, places to stay, expat stories, books on the region, travel tips, real estate tips and more), through our contributors' articles.

Carolyne writes a food and travel blog Ginger and Nutmeg. Carolyne’s freelance articles can be found in Global Living Magazine, Avenue Magazine and City Palate (Published Travel Articles).

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