I don’t know about you, but I love, love, LOVE salads in the summer. There is something about all of the fresh produce that makes them taste so much better! Not only that, but they make for easy summer meals.
I have a few of my favorite summer salad recipes to share with you. The first recipe I’ll share is almost limitless with the combinations you can try! As the summer goes on and as I use a variety of different types of summer salad recipes, I”ll be sure to post them.
Summer Salad #1
Green onions, chopped
1 mango, peeled and cubed
2 c (or more) strawberries, hulled and sliced
cooked bacon, crumbled
Poppy Seed Dressing (try making it with coconut oil…out of this world!)
Layer in a large salad bowl and serve with the dressing on the side. Enjoy!
Summer Salad #2
2 oranges, peeled and chopped
1 or 2 avocados, peeled and cubed
bacon, cooked and crumbled
Poppy Seed Dressing
Other Summer Salad combinations:
strawberries and kiwi fruit
pears and dried cranberries
apples and peaches
add homemade candied walnuts or pecans to any of the above…yum!!!
Tortilla chips (remember to use non-GMO!)
Grated Cheddar Cheese
Guacamole (recipe to follow)
Whole milk plain yogurt (or sour cream)
Layer salad in order of ingredients and enjoy!
2 ripe avocados
1-2 tomatoes, finely chopped
1/4 c onion, finely chopped
1 T lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp salt
1 clove garlic or 1/8 tsp garlic powder
Puree avocados in food processor until smooth or desired consistency. Transfer to a small bowl and add remaining ingredients. Mix well and serve immediately!
Did you know you can freeze guacamole? It definitely tastes better fresh, but if you make a large batch and don’t eat it within the first day, go ahead and stick it in the freezer!
Grilled chicken, optional
Homemade Ceasar dressing (below)
grated Parmesan or Romano cheese, optional
Layer ingredients in a large salad bowl, toss with dressing, serve immediately and enjoy!
Homemade Ceasar Salad Dressing
This is a recipe passed down in my family from my grandmother. It is the best I’ve had! We especially love it served with spaghetti or lasagna. If you’re leery of the raw egg, dip it in boiling water for 30 seconds before using it.
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 (three inch) squeezes of Anchovy paste
1 raw egg
1/2 c Parmesan cheese
1/2 c olive or safflower oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 c lemon juice
Let garlic stand in oil awhile. Add remaining ingredients, combine well and pour over salad.
I hope you enjoy these easy summer salads!