Summertime salads

In case you missed it, here’s my round-up of my favorite summertime salads that appeared in Thursday’s Go! section of the Monterey Herald. I’ll be reposting my reviews and stories from my weekly column for the Herald here on my blog along with extra photos that didn’t appear in print.

The sunny weather has found me trading hot bowls of soup for a cool, refreshing salad.

Summertime marks the start of tomato season and the return of one of my all-time favorite dishes in town: the tomato and mozzarella salad ($11.50) at Mundaka (Carmel).

This sophisticated play on a classic caprese has been a staple of chef Brandon Miller’s repertoire since his days at Stokes Adobe.

Nothing says “summer” like Brandon Miller’s heirloom tomato salad.

Local foodies wait all year for this signature salad made with heirloom tomatoes topped with house-pulled mozzarella cheese, fresh basil leaves, a drizzle of basil oil and a touch of saffron gastrique.

A new favorite salad of mine is the scampi panzanella con spinaci ($10)—a new addition to the menu at il Vecchio (Pacific Grove).

Succulent marinated shrimp were a nice addition to this salad at il Vecchio.

This simple spinach salad comes topped with marinated shrimp and sautéed bread. It’s packed with flavor, the succulent shrimp seasoned with hints of tomato and garlic.

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