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Salade Verte – Refreshing and Very Delicious

Lighten up your meals with simple green salads filled with big flavors.

The Pyrénées region of France is home to lush landscapes, picturesque cities and wonderful French cuisine. July is an ideal time to explore the regional favorites of the Pyrénées, where locals often head to the green hills to have picnics with friends and family.

Refreshing green salads are the perfect dish for such summer picnics, as well as light evening meals. Often called salade verte in French eateries around the world, fresh and simple green salads exude the effortless gourmet style of authentic French bistros.

Curly lettuce is the base of any salade verte, but that's it when it comes to the rules of this simple dish. Whether a nutty-flavored fromage such as Emmental or a salty, tangy blue like Roqufort, there's a salade verte for any occasion and cheese craving.

Try these summer green salad recipes featuring delicious French fromage.

French Green Bean & Shallot Salad with Roquefort Cheese

This authentic French salad is delicious when served cold on a hot summer day. It provides enough heartiness to serve as a main side dish or even a light meal. The salty blue cheese mixed with the thin French cut beans creates a refreshing harmony of flavors and textures.

Green-on-greens salad with Emmental Cheese

The Emmenta's nutty flavor notes create a luscious salad that is surprisingly flavorful. It pairs well with not only the lettuce and cucumber, but offers a nice contrast to the avocado and grapes.

Jeweled Frisée salad with Fol Epi Cheese and Mango

Everything about this salad says "summer" – from the bright greens and oranges of the lettuce and mango, to the deep colors of the raspberries fromage. Salty, crunchy bacon provides the ideal complement to the smooth, softness of the cheese. Perfect for hot days when a salad is the best main course.

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