Martha Stewart's Easy Summer Salad

Fresh Summer Salad Recipe!

by Megan on July 25, 2011

I had some friends over for dinner last night.

They brought the Tri-Tip, and I made the salad.

I wanted something a little bit different.

So I made Martha Stewart’s Summer Salad!

Hungry Swarm

I quickly snapped a few pictures before I got swarmed by the hungry mob. I didn’t think they would wait for to long, for me to get  much of a photo shoot.  I even forgot the dang garnish. :(   It was scary!

So these are the pictures you get.

Blame them, not me!

Fresh Veggie Salad

Fresh green beans, sweet tomatoes, with zucchini and cucumber, mixed with  homemade croutons, and a mustard vinaigrette, this big bowl of veggie love was a hit! I served the cucumbers on the side because the hubby doesn’t like them. I also made my croutons on the stove, instead of the oven, but other then that I made this recipe as written We enjoyed it  as a side to our steak, but this Summer salad is hearty enough to be a light meal.  Enjoy!

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Fresh Summer Salad Recipe!
Recipe Type: Salad
Author: Recipe by Martha Stewart
Serves: 6
  • 3 tablespoons champagne vinegar
  • 1 medium shallot, finely chopped
  • Coarse salt
  • 8 ounces green beans, trimmed
  • 1 pound baby zucchini or regular zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 pound small ripe tomatoes, such as cocktail or cherry, halved
  • 1 English cucumber, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 2 tablespoons grainy Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons smooth Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh flat-leaf parsley, coarsely chopped
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 ounces ciabatta (about 1/2 loaf), torn into 1-inch pieces
  1. Combine vinegar and shallot in a bowl; set aside to let shallot soften.
  2. Prepare an ice-water bath.
  3. Bring a pot of water to a boil.
  4. Add 1 teaspoon salt and green beans, and cook until bright green, about 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer green beans to ice-water bath.
  5. Add zucchini to boiling water, and cook until just tender, about 3 minutes. Transfer zucchini to ice-water bath. Let cool, then drain.
  6. Toss green beans, zucchini, tomatoes, and cucumber in a large bowl.
  7. Add mustards, herbs, 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper to shallot mixture. Add 1/4 cup oil in a slow, steady stream, whisking until emulsified. Pour vinaigrette over vegetables, and toss. Let stand at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to meld. (Vegetables can be covered and refrigerated up to 2 days; bring to room temperature before serving.)
  8. Heat the oil in a large saute pan. Add the bread and a pinch of salt; cook over low to medium heat, tossing frequently, for 10 minutes, or until nicely browned. Add more oil as needed.
  9. Add croutons to salad, and toss. Let stand 1 hour before serving so that croutons can soften. If you prefer your croutons crisp, add them to the salad just before serving.

To bake croutons in the oven:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place bread on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with remaining tablespoon oil, and toss. Toast, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 20 minutes.


{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Marthaandme July 25, 2011 at 9:35 am

Looks beautiful! ANd nice to have friends who bring the meat!

2 Lyndsey ~The Tiny Skillet~ July 25, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Looks like a great salad, perfect for a gathering! The ciabatta sounds like it would be good in there.

3 SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen July 25, 2011 at 5:20 pm

This looks like a real treat — & better yet, we have all the produce ingredients growing in our garden :)

4 Monica July 25, 2011 at 6:29 pm

I have everything I need to make this. Yay! Except cucumbers–my hubby doesn’t like them, either. Great use of the abundance of summer veggies.

5 Barbara Bakes July 26, 2011 at 5:40 am

Love the idea of making this a one dish meal for summer. My hubs doesn’t like cucumber either lol.

6 Perfecting Pru July 26, 2011 at 5:40 am

Well, you know my view on this salad: love, love, love.

Still thinking/dreaming about it. A true winner in our house.

7 sheila @ Elements July 26, 2011 at 6:46 am

Looks fabulous! My husband and I would love it! :) I don’t have any dijon mustard, but I could toast some mustard seeds in oil and try that?

8 5 Star Foodie July 26, 2011 at 7:08 am

An excellent salad, very healthy with all the vegetables, and I like the mustards here.

9 raquel erecipe July 27, 2011 at 10:46 pm

the salad looks so gorgeous and so fresh… it is so colorful and looks and taste good.

10 Teena in Toronto July 28, 2011 at 6:57 am

It looks delicious!

Happy blogoversary :)

11 Faith July 28, 2011 at 9:24 am

This looks like the perfect summer salad…those homemade croutons look incredible! And mustard vinaigrette, mmm…. ;)

12 angela@spinachtiger July 31, 2011 at 8:34 pm

I love this. You made it look so appetizing and I might replace the croutons with potatoes, but it would still work. (I might bring this to a family reunion Saturday).

13 Salad in a Jar August 3, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I’m with your husband on the cucumbers but the rest sounds wonderful!

14 Platanos, Mangoes and Me! September 10, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Still looks good. Don’t you just hate it when you forget to finish up a plate because you have everyone around youi trying to dig in.

I am finally back and catching up to rwading close to 500 posts….

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