Summer menu: must-make salads

by Kim on June 21, 2013

I feel like I’m way off my game this week. I have a couple of big things on my mind that are sapping up all of my brain space, and I just haven’t felt very inspired to write.

So, for your sake, I’ve been resisting the urge to come on here and write a bunch of junk you don’t care about. Like, I have not publicly lamented the fact that these exist:


What?? Why?

I didn’t tell you about the new-to-us local library Mase and I checked out the other day.


It was impressive. And I picked up a few fitness books—one on yoga and one on running—that I’ll have to tell you about once I get through them.

I also neglected to share the fact that my son’s a child prodigy.



Just kidding. That was clearly rigged.

But what I have had room in my brain for lately is mindless Pinterest browsing. Specifically, of the food variety.

I’ve found so many amazing summery recipes that I swear—I swear—this time I will actually make, rather than pin and forget.

For whatever reason, when I get into the summer food mindset, I’m particularly attracted to salads. So here’s my summer salad gotta-try-it list.

Summer Salad List

Bacon and Pea Mac & Cheese

I actually already made this and it was amazing. No milk or butter, same creamy taste. (Plus BACON.)


Spicy Pasta Salad with Smoked Gouda, Tomatoes, and Basil

I’ve made this too—it was actually kind of my go-to salad last summer. It’s so good that it honestly might earn the same title this year.


Three-bean salad with gouda

I guess I’m just really into gouda.


Cucumber ranch salad

A little twist on the ol’ favorite.


Honey Chicken Salad with Grapes

I don’t want to admit how long ago I originally pinned this and still haven’t made it. THIS TIME.


Corn and chickpea fiesta salad

This just looks so refreshing to me. Similar to cowboy caviar (which I love) but with a little more girth.

Secret fruit salad

The secret is vanilla pudding mix.

My friend Allison makes a similar salad of fruit + white chocolate chips that gives a similar sweet/glazed effect. Amaaaazing.


Cold Lemon Pasta Salad

I always forget about lemon. That needs to stop.


Couscous summer salad

This one combines Italian dressing and balsamic. I’m curious…


Do you have a go-to summer salad recipe?


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Katie @ running4cupcakes June 23, 2013 at 8:51 am

I have to try that fruit/pudding salad – looks interesting and delicious!! My favorite summer salad is this mayo free honey roasted chicken salad recipe:
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Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome June 22, 2013 at 6:27 pm

Love Summer salads! I used to always make a corn salad with cherry tomatoes, avocado, mozz balls, and a cilantro lime dressing. Always a hit! Now though we don’t really eat much corn so I’ve been making a strawberry spinach or massaged kale salad. Made one last night for a bbq and it was good!
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Jessica @ Prayers and Apples June 21, 2013 at 4:11 pm

I’ve seriously yet to make a recipe I find on Pinterest – how sad is that?! I find a million but then I somehow never get around to making them! This summer it’s gonna happen lol
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Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate June 21, 2013 at 3:50 pm

I have been eyeing up that secret fruit salad on Pinterest for quite some time now! Just waiting for a cookout as an excuse to make it :)
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Kristin @ A Mom on the Run June 21, 2013 at 11:56 am

I just repinned nearly every one of those – they all look delicious!
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jan June 21, 2013 at 11:26 am

Wow, the library area is great! Impressive! Love the fridge magnets. We have those but I keep forgetting to get them out.
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Kim June 21, 2013 at 10:26 am

So many of these salads look great – love salad in the summer! I pinned this so I can try some soon!
And, watermelon Oreos?! I don’t like regular Oreos but I might have to try those!!
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Presley @ Run Pretty June 21, 2013 at 10:06 am

My grandma makes the fruit/pudding salad. Addictive. I want that spicy pasta salad. I’m down with the Gouda as well. haha
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