Summer-time is the salad season! Potato salads, pasta salads, egg salads, and many more. Looking through this list, you may notice that most of them incorporate lettuce, cucumbers, and tomatoes in one way or another. But despite their similar veggie ingredients, these traditional salads from 10 European countries use familiar veggies in new and exciting ways so that each salad tastes uniquely its own! Spice up the beloved familiar veggies and explore different cuisines while remaining in familiar territory.
Greece: Greek Salad
This Greek salad recipe incorporates fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers, and onions with some olives and feta cheese. It even adds a sprinkle of mint leaves for the perfect level of freshness for the summer heat.
Serbia: Moravska Salata
This Serbian recipe combines fresh veggies with roasted veggies. Served cold, it is a traditional stable served as a side or a main dish, in which it is paired with hard cheese and slice of bread for dipping.
Finland: Rosolli Beetroot Salad
Although this Finnish salad is traditionally served during Christmas time, the coolness of the beetroot, carrot, potato, and apple covered in simple sour cream is also perfect for the summer. The root veggies in this recipe make this a more filling salad compared to salads that are mostly leafy greens and can be enjoyed on its own when its too hot for a hot meal.
Romania: Salată De Roșii
This Romanian tomato salad highlights fresh summer tomatoes. The recipe involves cutting tomatoes into pieces and mixing them in an olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing, making it the perfectly go-to summer salad.
Poland: Sałatka Z Boczkiem
This Polish recipe combines various leafy greens with crispy bacon. Need I say more?
Italy: Rice Salad
This authentic Mediterranean recipe combines rice with fresh and canned vegetables to creatively use up leftover veggies and serve them up as a meal!
Bulgaria: Shopska Salata
This national dish highlights the colors of the Bulgarian flag with bright red tomatoes, deep green cucumbers, and red or green bell peppers. It is dressed in a red wine vinaigrette and sprinkled with generous amount of crumbled cheese.
France: Nicoise Salad
This salad combines all ingredients of a full table into one dish: potatoes, eggs, veggies, and a can of tuna (or another meat of choice). Topped with a lemon dressing, this salad is the perfect way of ending a week by using up any foods you may have left over from other dishes.
Sweden: Shrimp Salad
This shrimp salad is served unlike the other salads on this list. A creamy shrimp mixture rests inside a leafy green and topped with roe to create the ultimate gentle and salty appetizer.
Denmark: Potato Salad with Corn and Greens
This Danish recipe brings potato salad to the next level by combining it with grilled veggies. Summer is the major grill season, so grill as many veggies as your heart desires and mix them into the ultimate potato salad for the BBQ.
I hope this list gave you some ideas for this summer on how to spruce up familiar veggies and use up leftover ones. Let us know if you’ve tried any of these recipes or if you have a go-to salad recipe for the hot summer months that you’d like to share!