Meals Made Easy: Farm Stand Salad

jules-salad-thumb.JPGOne great thing about summer? Salad. And it doesn't need to be boring salad. Today, Jules (also of In The Kitchen Catering & Food Delivery) shares the next installment in our Meals Made Easy series. Enjoy this unique farm stand salad (and be sure to try these zucchini, ricotta & tomato frittata, roasted shrimp with veggies, balsamic orange chicken, and coconut lime cod recipes too!):

Farm Stand Salad

This salad is all about enjoying the sublime simplicity of summer flavors at their best. Freshness and quality of ingredients is key here; if you can pick ingredients up at the farmer's market, great, but just do the best you can! This recipe serves 4 as a side, but if you'd like to bump it up to a main dish, add blackened shrimp (or chicken) and crostini.

  • 3 nectarines, pitted and sliced thinly
  • 3/4 cup pistachios, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh basil, torn (use more if you like- I use a lot more!)
  • 4 vine ripe tomatoes, sliced
  • 2 cups mozzarella, torn
  • 3 tbsp fresh chives, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tbsp good quality balsamic vinegar
  • Drizzle of very good quality extra virgin olive oil


    Prepare all ingredients and toss gently in a bowl, taking care not to bruise or break down the nectarines and tomatoes. Season to taste. Serve immediately.


    Image credit: Jules Rosenthal