Local Salads You Must Make This Summer



Whether you’re looking for something quick and delicious, or you’re planning a picnic or patio dinner, salads are a no-brainer. And with local produce rolling in every week, the raw ingredients are ready and waiting. You don’t need to be a gourmet chef; Just follow one of these easy summer salad recipes.


Grilled Cesar Salad

Caesar salad is a year-round favourite. But, when you grill the romaine lettuce and the lemons, it adds an entirely new level of flavour. Yes, you can grill romaine. Trust us when we tell you that this Caesar Salad (complete with dressing recipe) from Saltscapes will surprise and delight you.


Tangy Cucumber Salad

You’ve probably had cucumbers in your salad before, but have you ever had cucumber as the start of your salad? Our Tangy Cucumber Salad recipe has a little bit of tang and a whole lot of refreshing flavour for those hot summer days. BTW did you know that we produce both field and greenhouse grown cucumbers in Nova Scotia (from folks like den Haan Greenhouses)?


What makes a salad full of local produce even better? When you combine it with local seafood. Now we’re talking. There are so many great options that we figured we’d include three in one group:

  • Smoked Salmon Salad - We used J.Willy Kraugh & Sons smoked salmon, but you can use any local smoked salmon. The smoky flavour combined with your favourite local greens, fresh cherry tomatoes and a tangy mustard dressing is fantastic.

  • Land & Sea Salad - courtesy of Taste of Nova Scotia features local shrimp, scallops, corn and greens. It’s also got local white wine from Sainte-Famille (but your favourite citrusy white from any local winery will work) in the dressing…Bonus!

  • Lobster Louie Salad - Can you guess the main ingredient in this salad? ;) We agree with our friends at Taste of Nova Scotia that any time you get the opportunity to add Nova Scotia lobster to a meal, you should.  


Sauerkraut Salad

We’re going to end the blog with a South Shore classic. German immigrants brought their traditions including sauerkraut, to our shores generations ago. Now, names like Tancook and Krispi Kraut are iconic local food brands. One of our favourite salad twists is Sauerkraut Salad. If you haven’t had the pleasure, it’s sweet, crunchy and slightly tangy. It’s a fantastic summer dish, kind of like a coleslaw…but not. All we can say is you haven’t fully tasted Nova Scotia until you’ve tasted this salad. It’s easy to make and goes great with barbecued anything.


Eating local is easy and delicious. The summer season makes it even easier because of the bounty of produce grown here. Salads are just one way. But what a fantastic way to get the most flavour out of summer. There are lots more food blog entries and local recipe ideas on our website.  And remember to Ask for Local when you shop this summer.