This Chopped Vegetable Salad with Tarragon Vinaigrette is easy, delicious and the perfect addition to a summer picnic table!
What do you eat for lunch everyday? Not like on a weekend or some other special day. Just your regular, run-of-the-mill weekday. For me, it often involves leftovers of some sort because, well, I almost always have a fridge full of leftovers. (On a side note, I really do try to make smaller batches when I cook and bake for Spiced, but it never works out. I mean who wants 4 cupcakes when you can have 12?)
But back to lunches! For me, lunches in the summer usually mean salads…which is great! Healthy, tasty and really easy to make? Count me in! I’ve been munching on this Chopped Vegetable Salad for several days now…and I can’t get enough of it! Top it with a nice Tarragon Vinaigrette, and you’ve got a salad recipe that tastes like it came from a restaurant. Except it didn’t. It came from your kitchen. And you made it. How awesome is that?!
The best thing about this salad is that you can easily adapt it to your own tastes or whatever fresh veggies are on sale that week. I often double the amount of broccoli because I absolutely love raw broccoli in salads. Sometimes I use green peppers, but colored peppers add a nice pop of color if you are taking this salad to a picnic or summer party. And I don’t know about you, but I think raw green beans are a really fun addition to summer salads. They’re unique, and they add a really nice crunch to the salad. After all, who wants a non-crunchy salad? Not me!
I’m not terribly picky when it comes to salad dressings. I’ll top this Chopped Vegetable Salad with whatever dressing I happen to have around. (For the record, it’s really, really tasty with ranch dressing!) But this time, I was feeling a vinaigrette, so I whipped up this fun Tarragon Vinaigrette. It sounds fancy, but it’s really quite simple to make. The secret is good extra-virgin olive oil. Like the kind you keep in the back of the pantry. Since the olive oil doesn’t get cooked, get out the good stuff! Oh, and the tarragon vinegar is pretty clutch here, too. Add in a couple of common spices that you probably already have in your pantry, and you’ve got one heck of an awesome vinaigrette!
This salad makes a wonderful addition to a summer picnic table, but I also find that it works great as a healthy summer lunch. I make a big batch on the weekend and then just divide it into smaller containers for lunch for me and my wife. Just make sure to add the vinaigrette right before you eat it…otherwise, the salad can get a bit soggy. No one wants a soggy salad.