I always love a good salad, but especially in the summertime when produce is fresh and in season, I tend to REALLY crave a refreshing salad.
A delicious salad is like the supporting character in a movie. It’s not the star of the meal, but it serves to elevate the entire experience. Whether you’re serving a simple green salad or a fancy sweet Ambrosia salad here are a few tips in creating the best “supporting cast”.
Choose in season: In season produce is not only cost effective, but typically gives the freshest best tasting fruits and veggies
Make ahead of time: Salads are nice to be able to make ahead of time. Sometimes you want to prep the ingredients and store them separately until it’s time to assemble and serve. Either way anytime you can save time by doing it ahead is a win!
Colors: Produce comes in so many colors! Use those colors to your advantage to create a feast for your eyes before you feast with your mouth.
Dressings: Depending on the type of salad served you can offer different kinds of dressing options.
How much: Plan to serve ½-1 cup or 4-6 oz of fruit salad and pasta salad. For a vegetable salad, plan for 1-2 c or 2 ½ -5 oz per person.
Storage: See the individual recipe posts for storage information and other specific tips and tricks.
The salad recipes are endless, but we definitely have our favorites for summer time, including:
SaladCorn Salad Recipe
This Summer Corn Salad is a light, flavorful salad filled with corn, tomatoes, feta, basil and cucumber. It's so simple and quick that it's perfect for get togethers and BBQs.
This Sunny Broccoli Salad is a simple, tasty and hearty broccoli salad served with bacon, cranberries, sunflower seeds, and mixed with a delicious, homemade mayonnaise-vinegar based dressing that is perfect for BBQs and get togethers.
This quick and Easy Coleslaw makes the perfect side dish for any picnic or BBQ. It takes just minutes to put this classic coleslaw recipe together, and it can easily be customized with the spices and flavors you love most.
Our all-time favorite Potato Salad - it's simple, flavorful and filled with chunks of potatoes, eggs and olives! It's the perfect addition to any BBQ or picnic and is so creamy and tasty, it will wow everyone who tries it.
Everyone loves this Waldorf salad that is filled with grapes, apples, celery, walnuts, cheese and chicken. Toss it in a homemade poppyseed dressing and this salad is perfect for any lunch, dinner or appetizer.
This Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad Is Covered In Basil And Filled With Mozzarella Balls, Tomatoes, Basil And Balsamic Vinaigrette Reduction Sauce! It's A Light Dish With A Bold Flavor, Making It Perfect For Potlucks, Parties, BBQ's, And Get Togethers!
A DELICIOUS and flavorful Veggie Pasta Salad filled with your favorite veggies and topped with a homemade vinaigrette dressing and Parmesan cheese.
Total Time: 30minutes
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Side DishEasy Pasta Salad Recipe
Easy and delicious Italian Pasta Salad recipe that includes Rotini pasta, olives, tomatoes, & cheese in Italian dressing! It takes minutes to make and is perfect for any get together including BBQs and holidays.
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