Happy Monday, Friends, really! Each week you are noticing maybe a different side of me as this LifeStyle Blog gains its life.
It is rare for me to share recipes, but I love looking them up and making them. I repeat a few family favorites, but typically I go on a hunt for any special occasion seeking out the best sounding and most appealing presentation I can find. It is just part of my planning process.
Since Summer is in full roll and our temps are exceeding 100 degrees, appetites are a little slimmer and lean to fresh and light rather than heavy meals.
I was interested in planning several great salads for my family as we kept purchasing them at the deli the past few weeks. They look simple to make, so why not make them? They definitely will taste better if you make them yourself.
Reaching out to friends in my blogging family, I was delighted to have so many of them agree to allow me to share their recipes with you. Lucky You!
Opening Summer Salads
From FrugElegance, Carol and Randi have shared with me their refreshing Watermelon Salad. This colorful salad has ingredients like, mint, white wine vinegar and the juice of one lime with some other simple ingredients that presents as such a beautiful Summer Salad.
For the complete recipe, please visit them at Frug Elegance.
I made this one over a year ago and it was such a favorite, I have taken it to so many get togethers. Unusual, fresh and really good.
Fresh Parsley, Cilantro, Avocado, and so many more veggies. Healthy as can be and a taste that is astounding. I used the recipe I found at Natasha’s Kitchen. If you are like me, you tweak a recipe because you like or dislike something. In this case I am not a fan of snap peas so I pulled them out. I added Orange and Yellow Cherry Tomatoes and parsley. I also am not keen on romaine lettuce, so I used variety of lettuces. In subsequent makings of this recipe when I didn’t have a yellow onion, I used a purple. I think you’re going to love it.
Entree Summer Salads
Chicken Enchilada Salad
Do you friends who are just good at everything? That is Susie to me. You will love her blog, The Chelsea Project. When the call went out for recipes, she flooded me with so many amazing ones I was over whelmed.
Here is one of her Entree Summer Salads she graciously offered to be shared with you. Chicken Enchilada Salad with Sour Cream Verde Dressing.
Just look at all the fresh scrumptiousness! Can you almost taste it? If you want to make it visit Susie at The Chelsea Project. This link takes you right to her recipe for this.
Sriracha Chicken Salad
Another amazing salad recipe from Susie is this Sriracha Chicken Salad with low fat creamy chipotle vinaigrette. This one looks too good for just me and my husband, this looks like company salad!
Tuna Salad on Croissant
Here is a Summer Salad favorite by Sarah of Sugar Bananas. She shares DIY, Mom and family and home tips at her blog and I am excited to share her recipe with you today.
Seriously? Is that not picture perfect? I bet this finds its way into your menu this week. For the recipe, and to get to know Sara better, visit her at Sugarbananas.
Frito Taco Salad
Ann at Duct Tape And Denim has lent me her hubby’s favorite salad recipe. Her blog is filled with simply the best DIY. You really want to browse around and get familiar with her talents.
Can I say you had me at “Fritos?” I love a Taco Salad and this one gives you the crunch without all that shell. As a gluten free, I am thinking about those Fritos! I haven’t had them in so long, I don’t know if they are or they aren’t but I know I will be checking it out. How about you? Going to check out the recipe for yourself? Duct Tape and Denim.
Summer Pasta Salad
I’ve known Debra at Shoppe No. 5 for over a hear now and she often shares her delicious recipes. When I went looking for salads from my friends, she offered her Summer Pasta Salad.
Doesn’t that look yummy? Get the recipe for that and more from Debra at Shoppe No. 5
Tuna Pasta Salad
This entree salad combines two favorites, tuna and pasta to give you a very satisfying taste of Summer. Sherry of Savvy Apron brings this to you today. Sherry just joined me on a Blog Hop last week of Backyard Retreats. We had about 16 or so bloggers of amazing talent join together for one big Summer Splash…check it out at Spectacular Backyard Living.
Bow Tie Pasta must be the prettiest pasta in the world. I think they need to make some new amazing shapes. Indulge your salad cravings and make this veggie and tuna and pasta delight. Sherry is waiting for you at Savvy Apron.
Classic Tuna and Egg Salad
The Classic Tuna Salad only better shared by Patti from Hearth and Vine. She adds hard boiled egg to her tuna mix as the secret ingredient.
Patti also has a few variations on serving this salad but you will need to visit her at Hearth and Vine to find those as well as the recipe.
Heirloom Pasta Salad
Miz Helen is a new acquaintance for me this month and like most in the blogging community, she just jumped right in to offer a hand and add one of her recipes to my presentation for you today.
Miz Helen is all about food and shares her meals at Miz Helen’s Country Cottage. Today she shared her Heirloom Pasta Salad.
Great presentation right? This Summer Salad is filled with fresh herbs and cheeses to make a fantastic and filling entree salad. For the recipe and more, visit Miz Helen’s Country Cottage. Thanks, Miz Helen!
Side Summer Salads
Coleslaw with Orange, Walnut and Poppy Seed Dressing
Remember Susie from The Chelsea Project? Here she is again with a fresh spin on Coleslaw.
Whatcha think? Crunch, Sweet, doesn’t look good? For this recipe you will need to visit Susie at The Chelsea Project.
El Rancho Corn Salad
I was a little ambivalent about whether this should be a side salad or an entree. I think if you are having as luncheon, it would suffice as an entree, but in the evening I would serve this along side some great barbecue!
This corn salad by Miz Helen has flavors blended from the Southwest and if that makes your taste buds jump, well you are going to want to try this scrumptious summer salad.
Tastebud Tantalizing right? I can’t wait to hear what you think about this one. For instructions, visit Miz Helen’s Country Cottage.
Pesto Pasta Salad
Do you ever make up a salad on the fly? I was so excited getting ready to write this post, I was buying all kinds of fresh ingredients and pastas. Our friends had recently treated up to a stay at their lake house in New York, and our host, Tim, made his Pesto from scratch. Absolutely the best way, but I was pressed for time, so I grabbed a great jar of Pesto and the other ingredients and did the old taste and add until the flavors were just right.
Since I am not yet a bona fide recipe blogger, I don’t have a great way to give you my recipe. Here is what I included. One box of gluten free veggie noodles
One box of cherry tomatoes sliced
One yellow pepper chopped
Three green onions chopped
Flat parsley chopped…2 Tbsp
Fresh Basil chopped…2 – 3 Tbsp
One small jar of Pesto Sauce
Stir the herbs, veggies and sauce into the warm pasta and serve. Chill if preferred, makes a great leftover salad served cold.
I loved pulling this together for you so much, that I want to do some more that focus on just one aspect of the meal. Hope you loved it and if you want to be featured, send me your recipe and photo or a link to it through my email and maybe you will be in the next publication of salad recipes!
I actually had an “ending salads” category for the lite and fresh dessert, fruit salad. Unfortunately, I left my camera case at the party I took it to and won’t get it back until vacation is over….so I will update and add it in a couple of weeks, so check it out again.
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A little taste of Summer goes a long, long way. Enjoy these salads alfresco and if you need a pretty bowl to serve them in, well you know I have you covered! Retail Therapy, just look for the heading Scrumptious Salad Servers!