The Perfect Summer Salad

How to make the perfect summer salad!

One of my favorite pastimes is going to our Farmer’s Market every Saturday, but with all the conferences I’ve been attending this summer I haven’t had many opportunities to take advantage of our market.  Luckily for me, while I haven’t made many shopping trips to our farmers market this summer, our local Wegman’s  has done a excellent  job bringing in many of the local fruits and vegetables we that Lisa and I love to eat.

With a push toward’s healthier eating I have been trying to add more salads to our diet, not only as a side salad but also as the main course.  And while I don’t think Lisa would complain much if I topped our entrée salads with crabmeat, shrimp or lobster every time I made them, it wouldn’t be long before I would tired of the same old salad…sigh   Variety is the spice of life!

Jersey tomatoes, Jersey corn

A few weekends ago I was at the Big Summer Potluck, and one of the items in our swag bag were an amazing assortment of  Gourmet Garden herbs.  This was my first experience working with them, and I have to say they certainly make life easier using these delicious freshly prepared herbs.  Not only did I make a  wonderful marinade out of some of them, but I used the basil for my tomato salad that went on this lovely summer salad…..sigh   It’s a beautiful thing when you can eat something this healthy that tastes that  good.

jersey fresh

I really hadn’t planned on making this salad with these specific ingredients but since they were all on hand, so they found there way into my dinner salad.  When composing a dinner salad, it’s important to have a good selection of ingredients, your salad should be balanced for flavors, textures and colors.   While I got my flavor profiles and textures taken care of I do think I was one color short on making this salad visually stimulating….sigh    I thought about adding olives but the flavor profile just didn’t seem right with the peaches and corn.  Fresh Peas may have been the perfect color addition, but I don’t think the texture would have been right.   What would you have used?

In any event while not quite a visually stimulating as I would have hoped for, the taste and textures were outrageously delicious and got two thumbs up from Lisa, and since she’s the one person whose approval means the most to me, I was happy man.

I hope you enjoy this salad as much as we did!

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The Perfect Summer Salad Recipe
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Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2
  • 4 cups field greens or chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 peach peeled and sliced
  • ½ cup feta cheese crumbles
  • 3-4 boneless chicken thighs marinated with your choice of spices
  • 1 ear corn
  • 3-4 Roma tomatoes slice and marinated with olive oil, basil and sea salt
  • extra virgin olive oil to taste
  • balsamic vinegar to taste
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  1. Marinate chicken thighs for 3-4 hours (overnite is best) in extra virgin olive oil, and your choice of fresh herbs and spices. I used basil, garlic and spicy red pepper from Gourmet Gardens
  2. Grill chicken thighs until done, set aside until cool. When fully cool, slice into strips
  3. Place ear of corn directly on grill and allow to cook until tender. Set aside until cool and then cut the kernels off of the corn cob to use when assembly salad
  4. Peel Peach and cut into slices, set aside
  5. slice Roma tomatoes and add olive oil, sea salt and chopped basil. Mix well and allow to marinate until assembling salad
Salad Assembly
  1. Place field greens on large serving platter
  2. Starting from the middle, place strips of cooked chicken thighs and then work your way out to the edges alternating colors to form a pleasing display.
  3. Serve with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar, Sea Salt and Black Pepper or your favorite salad dressing, and enjoy!


Thanks for stopping by today!  Now get outside and enjoy this beautiful summer day!


  1. I think your “perfect” summer salad sounds wonderful Chef Dennis!

    I’ve been quite pleased with Wegman’s local vegetable selection this year. The one thing I found since moving to PA is there really isn’t as big of a selection of fresh fruits and vegetables that I anticipated. I’m sure it’s because I live in central PA by many, many, dairy farms who grow lots and lots of corn and soybeans.

    I don’t know much about presentation so the only addition I can think of is edible flowers. Perhaps some Nasturtiums. Mine are still blooming…

    Thank you so much for sharing…

  2. Looks and sounds great chef.

  3. Peach nd chicken..sounds wonderful

  4. Looks wonderful!

  5. Nice salad. I live the addition of peaches.

    Hope you enjoyed your visit in St Louis. Sorry I missed it.

  6. Going to farmers markets is the highlight of my week! Love that you combined peaches with this fabulous salad! Yum, Take care, Terra

  7. A chiffonade of fresh basil over the top is the only thing I could think of, Dennis, with possibly a drizzle of honey mustard for a sweeter aspect or a few drops of olive oil to pick up on the marinade. Frankly, I was too busy “devouring” the idea of this salad to alter it. 🙂

  8. Such a simple and pretty salad, a new take on the cobb salad. I go to the farmer’s market every Saturday for wonderful peaches and tomatoes in Indiana.

  9. I love markets too! Your salad looks delicious. I see you’ve added fruit, that’s also a favorite additions to my salads!

  10. This looks delicious, fresh and different. I look for salads with lots of “other stuff” in them besides lettuce. This looks delicious!

  11. I’ve been staring at this salad in the slider as I edit for two hours now… I think it was the feta that finally thre me over the edge… I really want a big salad now! – See more at:

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