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Summer Vegetable Salad

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We had some impromptu company one Sunday night, so I threw together a refreshing, crisp Summer Vegetable Salad with what I could find in my fridge.

Learn how to make a beautiful composed salad with some simple tips.

Summer Vegetable Salad in a white serving bowl

Summer Vegetable Salad

When putting together a salad, I start with the greens. We typically have a box of spinach in the fridge, so that was my base. A couple of ears of fresh corn, an English cucumber, carrots plus a juicy ripe tomato were cut into bite-sized pieces.  I aim for a rainbow of veggies. A can of black beans and artichoke hearts rounded out the mix. My classic balsamic vinaigrette was drizzled atop the salad just before serving. Lots of crunch, a variety of textures and colors made for a terrific, refreshing side dish. 

Overhead view of a composed Summer Vegetable Salad in a white bowl

How to Make a Composed Salad

I am a fan of the composed salad. Instead of just tossing all the ingredients together in a salad bowl, the main components are artfully arranged. I often line the ingredients in rows across a platter, but when working with a bowl, wedges seem to make more sense. Begin with a base of greens, then decide on what goes where according to colors and shapes.

Note how the carrots and beans are rounder items and they’re across from each other. The red bell peppers and the red tomatoes are also not adjacent. I thought the beans popped more when placed between the bright yellow corn and red tomatoes. There’s no real right or wrong, just use your judgment and it will be lovely!!  I did notice a little pile of black beans on the hubster’s plate when clearing the plates.

Shake up the ingredients any way you like. Some cheese chunks would be a great substitute for those beans. I love hearts of palm, too, and use them interchangeably with artichoke hearts. Make sure you try my favorite balsamic vinaigrette (link in the recipe). Just make sure to use a good quality vinegar for the best results.

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Summer Vegetable Salad

Summer Vegetable Salad

Summer Vegetable Salad | Spinach topped with a vibrant rainbow of toppings

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 4 servings


  • 5 ounces baby spinach, tough stems removed
  • 2 ears fresh corn, cooked, then kernels sliced off the cob
  • 1 tomato, cubed
  • 1/2 English cucumber, peeled and cubed
  • 1 jar artichoke hearts, drained and cut in half
  • 1-2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • Black beans, I used about half a can, drained and rinsed
  • My best [url]Balsamic Vinaigrette∞[/url]


  1. Place spinach in a large serving bowl.
  2. Arrange toppings over spinach.
  3. Whisk vinaigrette and drizzle over salad before serving. Toss and serve.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 195Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 155mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 10gSugar: 16gProtein: 9g


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25 comments on “Summer Vegetable Salad”

  1. I can’t get enough of salad at this time of year…this is such a coloruful and appetizing salad, simply perfect, Liz.

  2. Salad and summer go perfectly together:@)

  3. I know I’d keep going back for more of this salad, it looks so fresh and delicious!

  4. This is the perfect summer dinner in my book. Love the color and textures you have here – simple gorgeous!

  5. Your salad is gorgeous!!! Perfect summer salad.

  6. If you serve this up to impromtu company, I may just be apt to drop on by! Looks great Liz

  7. I love how pretty it is. I wouldn’t believe it was an impromptu dish! What a pretty and nutritious way to eat the rainbow!

  8. what beautiful salad Lizzy!!!

  9. Absolutely stunning! The colors are beautiful, and your dressing choice sounds wonderful. This would be a welcoming meal for sure!

  10. Gorgeous salad, Liz! I’ll definitely try this – or a variation, depending on what’s in my fridge!

  11. Now THIS is a salad! Love all the vibrant colors!

  12. You and I have the same tastes in salads!!! I’m sure your guests were very pleased!

  13. I just learned a new term – “composed salad”. I make these all of the time because, yes, they are so lovely and a beautiful presentation. Your summer salad is just perfect and has it all.

  14. Salads like this are my life! I always start with kale and then use fun toppings and dressings. I love to fill my bowl with kale and then put the other vegetables on a plate and grab what I want. This is so pretty!

  15. This really does look like a summer rainbow! Such a perfect salad to serve company!

  16. I love your arrangement, so pretty Liz! So many great tastes together!

  17. We’ve been eating a lot of salads lately, this one would be a great addition to our menu!

  18. Delicious AND gorgeous! Though I have to say I’m lazy and would toss everything in a bowl… bad at composition!

  19. We are having insanely hot summer weather here, so the less I have to turn on the stove the better. Your salad is perfect and hubby and I would eat this for days with no complaints.

  20. I was just putting together a menu plan for next week because we have vegetarian friends coming up to the cottage for a few days and I wondered what you were up to and BANG! There, right in front of my very eyes was a BEAUTIFUL dinner salad. I love the composition, it is absolutely gorgeous. The corn is enticing because we are just getting Ontario corn in our markets! I have the perfect platter for it too! I’ll make a little extra so I could use the veggies in an egg wrap for the following breakfast because our friends need to leave early to make it back for a meeting in the big smoke. What incredible luck, thank you so much Liz.

  21. Just gorgeous, love the vibrant colors!

  22. Looks so fresh, Liz. Love your composition of veggies…Looks like there’s more than one sister in the family who is artistic!

  23. Simply beautiful!! I love the way you presented the salad. I love adding beans and corn into my salads. Fruit, too! Balsamic is a perfect choice.

  24. This is a real beauty and a trip to the Farmers Market is in order. I may have to add some meat for the Mr but I’d be totally satisfied with it as is.

  25. This was super easy and just what I needed to start my diet thanks Liz and Happy Mothers Day 2019 xo love this recipe!

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