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Summer Salad Recipe

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Here is my wonderful summer salad recipe.

Prepare salad simple and delicious! Look forward to a great colorful leaf salad with zucchini and balsamic onions.

The summer salad is exciting and delicate and pleases the eye.

Your loved ones will be thrilled.

In the article I tell you the most important professional cooking tips for salad preparation. Enjoy it!

1. Recipe Summer Salad

Summer Salad

Cooked, photographed and written down by chef Thomas Sixt.

Servings 4
Calories 328
Total Time 30 Min.
Preparation Time 15 Min.
Cook Time 15 Min.

Simple guide for preparing summer salad.

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Summer Salad Recipe Image © Thomas Sixt
Summer Salad Recipe Image © Thomas Sixt


10 pc small shalotts (or pearl onions)
100 ml balsamic vinegar
100 ml Vegetable broth
4 tbs pine nuts
6 slices bacon (alternatively vegetarian bacon or smoked tofu)
1 pc Zucchini
1 pc clove of garlic
3-4 tsb white wine vinegar
4 pinch Salt
4 pinch Pepper
2 pinch brown sugar
2 tsp mixed Italian herbs (fresh or frozen)
5 tsb oliv oil
200-300 g salad mix (e.g. radicchio, lettuce (Frisée and Lollo Rosso))


Balsamic sauce or balsamic ice cream in a pot
Balsamic while boiling in a pot. reduced balsamic is a balsamic ice cream or balsamic sauce.


Bring a pot with about 1.5 liters of water to a boil, add salt.

Peel the shallots and put them in a saucepan with the balsamic vinegar and the vegetable stock.

Cook the onions without the lid. Turn several times, the liquid will reduce and become thick and syrupy.

Add more water if needed, check the cooking of the onions by piercing them.

Roasted pine nuts in a pan.
Roasted pine nuts

Prepare pine nuts

In a frying pan, toast the pine nuts without adding fat and then get ready.

Bacon slices in the pan
Bacon slices in pan.

Prepare bacon

Fry the bacon slices until crispy, alternatively use vegetarian bacon or smoked tofu.

Prepare zucchini.
Prepare zucchini

Prepare zucchini

Wash the zucchini, pat dry and slice lengthwise into thin slices.

Put the zucchini slices in a colander and pour the boiling salted water over them, then pour cold water over them.

This way the zucchini will have the ideal degree of cooking.

salad dressing
A fine dressing makes the salad delicious! Taste the dressing with sugar sweet and sour. © Food photographer Thomas Sixt

Prepare dressing

Prepare salad dressing: Peel and finely chop the garlic.

Mix in a bowl with the white wine vinegar (lemon juice optional), salt, pepper and the Italian herbs.

Only then stir in the oil vigorously, a little at a time.

Salad in the salad spinner
You can add leaf salads washed and spun dry as an ingredient.

Prepare salads

Marinate colorful salad mixture with prepared dressing in a bowl and arrange on plates.

Summer Salad Recipe Image © Thomas Sixt
Summer Salad Recipe Image © Thomas Sixt

Arrange and serve

Wrap each of the balsamic onions with a zucchini slice and secure with a toothpick.

Place the onions, crispy fried bacon/vegetarian bacon/smoked tufo and pine nuts on the salad and serve.

2. Nutritional Values

3. Summer Salad, the most Important at a Glance

Ideal is home-picked lettuce from the garden.

Alternatively you can buy the varieties Lollo Rosso, Lollo Bianco, Eichblatt, Radicchio, Romanosalat and Frisse at the market and prepare the lettuce for a whole week.

Wash the salad and prepare it “How to” I show you in another contribution – wash, spin dry – marinate – enjoy!

Leaf salads at a glance, summer salad is delicious!
Leaf salads briefly explained, here is an overview.

4. Zucchini Rolls with Balsamic Onions, a great Variety

Anyone who eats a lot of vegetables in summer is looking forward to a change from fried vegetables.

These courgette rolls with balsamic onions are the absolute taste kick.

The onions get a fine, sweet-sour taste from the cooking in the matured vinegar.

The fresh one comes from a zucchini slice cooked until al dente, with which you wrap the onions.

Grill zucchini
Fry zucchini in a grill pan

5. Summer Salad Vegetarian and Vegan

Whoever gets guests or likes to do without meat will add thinly sliced smoked tofu slices to the salad instead of fried bacon slices.

Vegetarian bacon is available in some organic shops and is worth a try.

With salads I like the variety and appreciate it that a modification is simply possible, depending upon nourishing desire.

Sliced smoked tofu
Sliced smoked tofu. A great ham substitute!

6. Salad Marinade and Dressing

I like it spicy in summer and put some mustard in the salad dressing for the summer salad.

Please try the combination of an old ripe balsamic vinegar, garlic, Dijon mustard and olive oil.

Olives for pizza
Colourful and with various tasty additions, the summer salad is served on your plate!

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