August 6, 2014

Summer Vegetable Panzanella with Dill Havarti

Havarti Salad

Summer vegetables are always my inspiration when I start composing salads for friends and family. This time of year, they are so fresh and bursting with flavor that I am always sure to include as many as possible whenever I prepare a bowl. Lately, I’ve been trying to take my salads up a notch, making them even more flavorful and exciting. This summer, my trick has been to add a generous shower of creamy, natural Arla Dofino Havarti with Dill. The cheese has a delicious, mild dill flavor which adds a wonderful dimension to the salad.

Havarti Salad

The key to making the salad is not to overdo any one flavor. Balance the lettuces, vegetables and croutons so you can get a little bit in each bite. Then, top it all with just enough cheese to cover the top of the bowl, before tossing it all together. Since the cheese has just enough salt, the dressing should remain mild. I use basic bottled vinaigrette, but you could try any homemade Italian or something similar.

Havarti Salad

Another great option, if you aren’t into dill, is naturally delicious Arla Dofino Creamy Havarti. You could also change up the flavor a little and try Arla Dofino’s Gouda with Chili Lime or even Chipotle Gouda. There are so many possibilities! All of Arla Dofino’s cheeses are hormone-free and made with just a few ingredients, which can make so many of your summer foods naturally delicious.

I’ll be back soon with some more delicious cheesy recipes for summer and, amazingly, back-to-school ideas. (Is it that time already??!!!)

(Disclosure: This post in sponsored by Arla Dofino. The recipes and opinions are wholly my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that make The Naptime Chef possible.)

Summer Vegetable Panzanella with Dill Havarti
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  • 3 large handful fresh summer lettuces
  • 1 small zucchini, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 small tomato, cut into bite-size pieces
  • ¼ red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup large croutons
  • 1 ounce Arla Dofino Dill Havarti cheese
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons balsamic dressing


  1. Toss first five ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. Using a shredder, finely shred the cheese over the top of the salad. Add the dressing and toss everything together. Serve immediately.

2 Responses to “Summer Vegetable Panzanella with Dill Havarti”

  1. This looks delicious! I just ate breakfast but think I might have a second breakfast and make this 🙂

  2. Suki F says:

    I am going
    to prepared this for sure! Looks really tasty.