Summer Salad

July 8, 2009

Last week we talked about Party Menus, Chips and Dip, Pizza on the Grill, Quick & Easy Recipes, and No-Bake Desserts. Lots of talk about lots of food! We were definitely in ‘party-mode’ in preparing for the holiday. And, unfortunately, I also consumed a lot of party food last weekend and while on our ten-day vacation in Chicago.

Monday morning, I decided that the vacation was over and that it was time to get back on track!  No party food for me for a while.  :-(

I could actually be satisfied with a salad for dinner, but the guys aren’t too thrilled with the idea of just a bunch of green stuff for dinner.  And, to be honest, I’m a little bored with my same old salad recipes so I’m on the lookout for some new ones.

I’ve been so busy since returning home from vacation that I haven’t had time to flip through any cookbooks or browse the internet for fresh salad ideas. A few days ago, I received my new August/September issue of Food Network Magazine. When I found the article on “50 Simple Salads”, I was glad that I had taken a few minutes to look through the magazine.

If you don’t subscribe to the magazine, you can find the  “50 Simple Salads” recipes here. There are a lot of simple dressing ideas and some interesting combinations in some of these salads, but I did say that I was bored, right?

I wonder if my family would try a Watermelon-Feta Salad?

Watermelon-Feta Salad

Watermelon-Feta Salad

Or a Squash and Orzo Salad?

Squash and Orzo Salad

Squash and Orzo Salad

This Bacon Bistro Salad looks really good to me. But, of course it does, it’s got fried bacon in it!

Bistro Bacon Salad

Bistro Bacon Salad

It may be an experiment to see if I can get my guys to eat a salad other than a Caesar Salad or an Iceberg with cucumbers, but I’m going to give it a try. Wish me luck!

~LilSis

6 Comments so far

  1. Posted by lisaiscooking

    July 8, 20096:38 am

    I’ve been on a salad kick too. It’s been too hot to eat anything else! My favorite salad lately was a watermelon with haloumi, and feta would be great too.

  2. Posted by LilSis

    July 8, 20097:44 am

    Lisa – I’m going to have to find out where to buy that haloumi cheese. It’s been mentioned a lot lately. Thanks for the tip!

  3. Posted by BigSis

    July 8, 200912:12 pm

    Hey LilSis,

    Funny that you’re talking about a watermelon and feta salad. One of the contestants on The Next Food Network Star was just booted off, in part for making a horrible version of this salad that was dominated by onions. And then he blamed his failure on a Paula Deen recipe!

    Cooking Light just came out with 15 new summer salads. Check them out!
    http://www.cookinglight.com/food/in-season/great-summer-salads-00400000049577/page18.html

    And BTW, Haloumi is scrumptious! I can get it at Whole Foods. Try grilling it!

  4. Posted by LilSis

    July 8, 20092:08 pm

    BigSis – Thanks for the link to the Cooking Light salads!

    Yeah, if I made that Watermelon Salad, I would definitely leave off the onions. But, you know that I’m not crazy about raw onions on anything!

  5. Posted by noble pig

    July 8, 20095:15 pm

    Watermelon and feta are the best combo!

  6. Posted by LilSis

    July 11, 200911:25 am

    Noble Pig – I’m glad to hear that this salad is worth giving a try! It does seem odd at first, but I’m bored with my usual recipes, so why not?

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