hot. And when I'm brainstorming dinner ideas I want light, fresh and no oven required. Thus, we eat lots of salads during the summer months.
Wanted to share of my fave Summer Salad ideas/recipes with you. (Click links for recipes).
First from My Kitchen Cafe - I have yet to be disappointed by one of Mel's recipes - we must have similar taste(buds):
Pesto Pasta Salad
Gourmet Green Salad
And from Rachael Bailey, whose culinary opinions I also trust:
Dijon Fruited Salad
Just right for summer.
I'm not a huge fan of store-bought dressing; just haven't found many that I like. So I'm always glad to discover a great homemade option. Here are a couple of my favorites:
Emeril's Balsamic (sooooo yummy!)
**The recipe calls for 2 teaspoons of brown sugar. I use 2 tablespoons. (To be totally honest, the first time I made it, I read the recipe wrong, but I've been making it with a more generous portion of brown sugar ever since; I like a sweeter vinaigrette).**
Rachael's Red Onion Vinaigrette (this and Emeril's Balsamic are probably tied for my absolute favorite salad dressing. Seriously, try them - you will love.)
What are you eating on hot summer evenings?
What are some of your favorite salads?