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5 summer salad recipes

By: Enrique Gili on June 22, 2011, 8:04 a.m.
Basket of lettuce and beets from the garden

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Cool it in the kitchen

If the thought of standing over a hot stove to eat an equally hot meal becomes just too much during the summer months, try making salads with the freshest ingredients possible. A summer salad can be a full meal or a snack for one. Thanks to the resurgence of gardening and the explosion of farmers markets across the United States, the availability of fruits and veggies is about to go into overdrive. The cornucopia of local produce almost guarantees that you'll never tire of mixing greens. So do your taste buds a favor and treat your plate like a canvas to create fresh, crunchy masterpieces. Here are five sweet, savory and succulent summer salad ideas to inspire you and keep you cool in the kitchen. (Text: Enrique Gili)