Summer Salad Ideas

Summer Salad Ideas

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Summer is the perfect time to serve light evening meals to your family. Too hot outside to heat up the kitchen with an oven or stove. Why not make a quick yummy meal with fresh vegetables and a smattering of meat. Here are a few  of our favorite Summer Salad Ideas.

 

Summer Salad Ideas to Try

 

Salads with Meat

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad –  While this is not really considered a dinner salad, I love it and could eat it for a meal. Tender macaroni, peas, shredded carrots, bacon and a delicious homemade ranch dressing to pull it all together. Yummy!

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad
Here's a recipe that reminds me of the boxed Suddenly Salad dish you can buy in the store. Only better!
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Spinach Salad with Vinegar Dressing – The vinegar dressing for this salad is really delicious.

Spinach Salad with Vinegar Dressing
Here's a delicious recipe I received from my Aunt Ruth. I love this vinegar dressing. Try it this weekend!
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Chicken Salad Crescent Sandwiches – Chicken Salad is a favorite during our hot summer months. This one is so easy to make. Tender chicken breast, celery, onions, grapes, and cashews. Delicious!

Chicken Salad Croissant Sandwiches
Here is a recipe the girls and I like in spring and summer. Especially nice for Mother's Day luncheons if you adjust the recipe to size.
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Chicken Salad with Cranberries and Walnuts – Add some chicken to your summer salad with cranberries, Glazed English Walnuts, and boiled eggs. Yum!

Chicken Salad with Cranberries and Walnuts
Here's an easy salad to fix when you want something light and tasty. Enjoy!
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Recipe for Chicken Salad with Cranberries and Walnuts

 

Taco Bowl Salad – This is a fun weeknight meal to make. Form bowls by baking them over balls of tinfoil.

Taco Bowl Salad
Here's a recipe that's easy to make and fun to eat. Enjoy!
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Southwest Bean Salad – I like this salad with its black beans, avocado and tomato. So good!

 

 

Summer Salad Ideas without Meat

This Spinach Beet Salad is a wonderful addition to your summer meals. Fresh Baby Spinach, Mandarin Oranges, Glazed English Walnuts, Pickled Beets, and Feta Cheese, with a delightful sweet vinaigrette. Serve either as a side salad or as a light dinner salad with flatbread.

Spinach Beet Salad
Here's a delicious recipe to enjoy this summer! Find my recipe for Easy Pickled Beets Here.
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Sometimes in the summer, when it’s hot, you just want something easy to make for dinner, that’s cold. This Tortellini Garden Salad is perfect for just such an occasion. Plus, you can use lots of garden vegetables in it! 

 

Antipasto Salad – This is a favorite at family gatherings. Add some pepperoni to make it a meal.

Antipasto Rotini Salad
Here's an easy and colorful salad recipe to enjoy this summer!
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Make Your Own Salad Dressings

Why not try making your own salad dressing? Here are two of our favorites!

 

Store Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix in your cupboard for when you need salad dressing. You may also use it in dips or other recipes.

Ranch Dressing Mix
Here's a recipe to store in your cupboard for when you need salad dressing. May use it in dips or other recipes.
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This Thousand Island Dressing is very easy and perfect for little hands to prepare.

Thousand Island Dressing
I'll always remember making Thousand Island dressing as a girl at a 4-H cooking meeting. Here's a similar recipe for you to enjoy.
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Don’t Forget the Croutons!

 

Sourdough Croutons,– While you’re at it, go ahead and make your own croutons, too! So much better than store bought! Crunchy on the outside yet slightly chewy and seasoned perfectly. You cannot buy croutons as tasty as these!

Homemade Sourdough Croutons
This recipe is so easy and delicious, you may never go back to store-bought croutons. Serve on your favorite salad or with soup.
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