From simple Caesars to middle-eastern feasts, summer salads come in all shapes and sizes. But the one thing they have in common is a delicious dressing.
A well constructed dressing can bring a whole dish together and really let all the individual flavours shine through.
To help you get adventurous with your dressings, we've devised three simple recipes that pair well with all your favourite summer flavours. So the next time you're planning an epic salad, mix up your dressing game.
Honey & mustard
A classic flavour combination, this dressing is so versatile you can use it on any salad, but works particularly well with strong peppery leaves like rocket and watercress and bitter leaves like chicory. Honey brings out the sweetness in fresh produce, while mustard adds a peppery kick to wake up the flavours and keep things lively.
Coriander & lime
This thick, creamy dressing is simple to make and goes really well with spicy flavours to cool the palate. Perfect for spicy fish salads, marinated chicken salads, or even with crispy spiced potatoes, it holds its shape well so also works well in wraps and sandwiches.
Try it with: Spicy chickpea salad with Mediterranean vegetables
STRAWBERRY & POPPY SEED
This sweet and saucy dressing works with everything from creamy avocado to mild baby leaves thanks to its mild-natured flavours with a slight tang.
A classic for summer salads, this dressing requires strawberries, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon, poppy seeds and some mint. Blitz in a blender until smooth, then season before pouring over your salad.
Try it with: Steak, avocado & beetroot salad