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:

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What?? Why?

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

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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.

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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.)

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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.

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Three-bean salad with gouda

I guess I’m just really into gouda.

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Cucumber ranch salad

A little twist on the ol’ favorite.

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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.

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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.

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Cold Lemon Pasta Salad

I always forget about lemon. That needs to stop.

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Couscous summer salad

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

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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: http://pinterest.com/pin/55802482853067056/
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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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