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During the summer months, cooking generally means heating up the house. Since it’s already hot enough, adding to it is not a good idea. So, summer salads are often our dinner when it’s hot outside.
Salads are great because you don’t have to heat things up when you make them, they are good for you, taste great, and even someone with limited cooking skills can make a great salad! Here are some of my family’s favorite salad recipes.
7 Refreshing Summer Salad Recipes
1. Layered Brushetta Salad
This yummy is salad is so simple, yet very impressive. It is crunchy, light, and sure to be a hit!
2. Kittencal’s Famous Greek Salad
I love a good Greek salad and this one is restaurant quality. It is a snap to put together at home for a fraction of what you would spend grabbing one from the local deli. Just be sure to make the dressing a couple of hours before you intend to serve it.
3. Spinach Strawberry Salad
This is not your typical salad fare, but the flavor is impressive. I was a little leery of this combination at first, but now it is one of my favorite salads ever! Top this with grilled chicken for a really delicious meal.
4. Ranch Beef Pasta Salad
This is the perfect salad for those guys who think a salad does not make a meal. It will satisfy the heartiest of appetites and leaving them smiling. After all, what man will say no to sirloin steak?
5. Black Bean Salad
This is not a main course salad, but it makes a nice accompaniment to any dish with a southwestern flair. We usually enjoy it with chicken fajitas. It is a nice, refreshing salad with a spicy kick. Be sure to make in advance, as this one requires some chill time before serving.
6. Cookie Monster Fruit Salad
While not an entree salad, this fruity treat is a delightful addition to a summer meal. It is one of my favorite dishes to take to pot lucks and my favorite dessert for a bar-b-que.
7. Tex Mex Salad
This is my husband’s very favorite salad. We have it every time his side of the family gets together. It is a cinch to make and oh so good!
Tex Mex Salad Recipe
- 1 bag of mixed leaf lettuce for salads
- 1 can of pinto beans
- grated cheddar cheese, I use cheddar or Mexican style blend
- Frito style corn chips
- Catalina salad dressing
a. Put salad greens in large bowl.
b. Drain and rinse pinto beans, add to greens.
c. Put about three large handfuls of corn chips in the food processor and pulse just until you have them crushed. You can also just break them up in a zip close bag with anything hard, like a rolling pin. Then add to salad.
d. Add about a cup of grated cheese and toss.
e. Top individual servings with Catalina dressing. Enjoy!
These are just a few of the many salads we enjoy during the summer months. Salads are light, yet filling and make a really great meal. Plus, they are one of those wonderful foods that you can really be creative with. Just grab some veggies and let your imagination run wild. You may just create a new family favorite!