Time for Summer Salads

Summertime Salads

When it gets so hot in the summertime I get a recipe for salad and try new ones quite often. Since we are in FL with high humidity and it has hit 100° or close several days in a row, you lose you appetite for the heavier meals. I want to share some recipes that we have tried and enjoyed.

Supreme Pizza Pasta Salad

Easy to make and delicious. Photo Courtesy of Food Network
Easy to make and delicious. Photo Courtesy of Food Network

Pasta Salad Recipe

I was given this recipe by a neighbor many years ago and tried it out on a small group of friends, which might not be the best idea, but I have always done that. Fortunately, everyone liked it. I make it every summer for something a little different, easy and tasty.

Ingredients:

  • 2 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 medium red onion, chopped
  • 8 fresh white button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 small green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 stick pepperoni, casing removed and cut into a small dice
  • 1 pound ball fresh mozzarella or fresh smoked mozzarella, diced
  • 20 leaves fresh basil, torn or thinly sliced
  • 1 pound wagon wheel pasta, cooked to al dente and cooled under cold water, then drained

Dressing ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves or Italian dried seasoning

  • 1 rounded tablespoon tomato paste

  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar (or eyeball it if you think you need a bit more)
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, (eyeball it)
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. Combine tomatoes, onion, mushrooms, peppers, pepperoni, mozzarella, basil and pasta in a big bowl.
  2. Whisk garlic salt, oregano or Italian seasoning, tomato paste and vinegar together.
  3. Stream in extra-virgin olive oil while continuing to whisk dressing.
  4. When oil is incorporated, pour dressing over pasta salad, add a few grinds of black pepper to the bowl; then toss salad to coat evenly.
  5. Adjust your seasonings and serve salad.

Yield: 6-8 servings

Leftovers make a great lunch or snack the next day


Corn Stuffed Tomatoes

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Corn Stuffed Tomatoes

I like this recipe because it is so attractive to serve, and it appears as if you worked much harder than is actually required. It is a healthy salad and one of the easier summer salad recipes.

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups (2 1/2 ears) fresh corn kernels
  • 1 cups jasmine rice, cooled to to room temperature
  • 1/2 avocado chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped yellow pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 4 tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 1/2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 6 medium vine ripe tomatoes

Directions:

  1. In large bowl, toss all ingredients together, except tomatoes and set aside.
  2. Slice tops off tomatoes and remove insides.
  3. Fill each tomato with 1/2 cup corn mixture and serve

Healthy BBQ Recipe: Greek Summer Rice Salad

Italian Pesto Salad

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Italian Pesto Salad

This is another Italian pasta salad that is delicious and easy to make. The most time consuming thing in this recipe is cooking the pasta and letting it cool, which is hardly a problem Another good thing about this recipe is you can substitute rice in place of wheat for those with a gluten intolerance.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups uncooked spiral pasta (you can us rice pasta for wheat free version)
  • 1 cup fresh basil pesto
  • 2 tbsp. chopped green olives
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1 cup frozen peas, defrosted (use fresh if you can get them)
  • 12 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Several fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta according to instructions on the package.
  2. Make sure the water is salted (at least a half teaspoon per quart).
  3. Remove pasta from heat and strain when pasta is cooked, but still firm (al dente).
  4. Put pasta in a big bowl.
  5. Mix in fresh basil pesto, green olives, and pine nuts.
  6. Gently mix in cherry tomatoes, peas, fresh basil leaves and olive oil.
  7. Salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Chill or serve at room temperature.

Yield: 6-8 servings

Veggie Crudités with Light Dip

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Veggie Crudités with Light Dip

This is always a nice addition to salads recipes, as you can use any flavor of dip to taste and of course, you can use any fresh vegetable that you or your family might enjoy.

Ingredients for Dip:

  • 1 (3 ounce) package light cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup light sour cream
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. white wine vinegar
  • Pepper
  • 1/2 cup crumbled Roquefort cheese

Ingredients Crudités:

  • Salt, for blanching water
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 cups cauliflower florets
  • 3 carrots, peeled and sliced into sticks
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into sticks
  • Cherry tomatoes

Directions for Dip:

  1. In a mixing bowl, beat all ingredients except Roquefort until smooth.
  2. Add pepper to taste.
  3. Fold Roquefort in at the last minute, stirring gently to not crumble the cheese too much.
  4. Chill for 2 hours before serving with vegetable crudités.

Directions: for Crudités:

  1. Blanch broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots for 1 minute in boiling salted water.
  2. Transfer to an ice water bath to stop cooking process.
  3. Arrange vegetables on a round platter and place dip in a bowl in the center

Betty's Mid-Summer Melon Salad Recipe

Grape Melon Medley

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Grape Melon Medley

Ingredients:

  • 1 can mandarin oranges, drained 1/2 c. pineapple preserves
  • 2 cup cubed cantaloupe
  • 1-1/2 cup green grapes, halved
  • 1-1/2 cup seedless red grapes, halved

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the cantaloupe, grapes and oranges. W
  2. Whisk the preserves; pour over fruit and toss to coat.
  3. Chill until serving.

Yield: 8 servings

© 2010 Pamela Oglesby

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Comments 59 comments

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breakfastpop 6 years ago

The recipes sound wonderful and the photos seal the deal. Thanks.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Pop, Thank you so much for your comment.


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Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

Nice selection of Summer Salads, I will bookmark this one :)


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Coolmon, Thanks for your comment.


Lady_E (Hubpages) 6 years ago

Thanks for a lovely, Healthy Recipe. It's so appetising.

Surely, I can't go wrong on this one....

Best Wishes.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Oooohh, those corn-stuffed tomatoes look awesome! Thumbs up!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Lady e, Thank you for your comments.

Habee, I love how those look also. Thanks for the comment.


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

Pamela,

You got me with the Italian pesto salad. I'm heading to the store to get the ingredients for supper.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Tom, I am glad you liked the hub. Thanks for your comments.


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Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

Hi Pamela, everything on your hub looks so fresh and good, like a perfect summer day I must say. How I enjoy this excellent hub, your great ideas are more then I can say, superb is the right word...thumbs up from you friend and fan


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anglnwu 6 years ago

Great recipes for hot muggy summer. I love your stuffed tomatoes with corn and rice--i'm going to try it. Thanks and rated useful.


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

Now Pam, you have really done a great job at making me hungry after midnight. :( I definitely will have to give the supreme pizza salad a try. Thanks for sharing. :)


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Darlene, I appreciate your wonderful comments.

Anginqu, I hope you enjoy with tomato recipe. Thanks for your comments.

Money Glitch, I think you will like that recipe. Thanks for your comments.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for your awesome recipes.


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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

I think I'll try that supreme pizza salad.. sounds yummy.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Hello, I'm glad you found my hub helpful and thanks for he comment.

Carolina, My family likes the pizza salad too. Thanks for your comments.


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dallas93444 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

Wow. Your attention to details and depth of the hub is awesome.


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G L Strout 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

Love the recipes. This is what I love about summer. Thanks


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Dallas, Thank your for the compliment and I'm glad you enjoyed the hub.

GL Strout, Me too. Thanks for your comments.


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Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

So, so true Pamela. When it's hot out, the appetite just seems to leave. Salads are great for the summer and I have plenty of them throughout the summer. Thanks for sharing the recipes. And fruit salad is always a win-win! Voted-up/rated.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Support Med, I appreciate you comments very much.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

Your salad recipes all sound delicious but your pizza salad sound devine. I have to try it. Great recipes and even better pictures.


MaryRenee 6 years ago

Pamela: Another one of your wonderful food hubs! Yum, these look so great! I really want to make The Grape Melon Medley especially. Thanks so much for sharing, another excellent hub! :)


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

The the Gals, Thanks for your comments.

Mary Renee, Thank you so much for your comment.


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Cheri Schultz 6 years ago from Midwest

Pamela - Wow, these recipes sound wonderful... I will certainly try the Italian pesto!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Cheri, Thank you for the comments and I hope you get a chance to try it.


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lctodd1947 6 years ago from USA

Pamela; Yum, Yum...I love salads and it is hot here also like Florida. Thanks for sharing this with us...well done!!! Linda


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sheila b. 6 years ago

All of your salads sound wonderful. I especially like the tomato stuffed with rice.


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dealrocker 6 years ago from California

Amazing!! MMMM.... Yummy! I'll try them all!


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

Oh yeah! Looks cool and refreshing, especially the grape melon medley.It's salad time in LA ,too!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Linda, Thanks so much for your comments.

Sheila, I hope you'll get to try some. Thanks for your comment.

dealrocker, I hope you enjoy them. Thanks for your comment.

bayoulady, Thanks so much for your comments.


Faey Szeuw 6 years ago

OMG...I love Italian Pesto Salad...

Just looking at it, makes my mouth water.

Now I am hungry.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Faey, I am glad you like the hub and thank you for your comment.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

You make me hungry, Pamela. I really enjoy all your recipes. I'll bookmark this one. Italian Pesto Salad is the best. But Grape Melon Medley really healthy. Thank you very much. Vote this Up.

Prasetio


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Prasetio, That is one of my favorites. I love most any type of melon. Thanks for your comments.


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Oh those are wonderful ideas! I'm a huge fan of pasta salads especially Greek varieties and also of fruit salads but watermelon is my all-time favorite for the time being! Great hub and like Prasetio says, making me hungry.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Audry, I hope you enjoy them. Thanks for your comments.


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

A few more reasons to love summer. A couple of these I'd not heard of, so...onward and upward as they say. :)


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Springboard, I hope you might enjoy some of them. Thanks for your comments.


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

All the fresh fruits and veggies look amazing, is it dinner time yet? Great salad recipes and what a way to eat this summer and way into the fall, great for harvest time! Thanks :)


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Katiem, Thank you for your comments.


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

There are some beauties here Pamela - the Pesto salad and corn stuffed tomatoes I can tell will be my first two choices here. That supreme pizza salad looks very interesting also....


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Billy, I hope you get to enjoy some of the recipes. Thanks for your comments.


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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

You make a good point: summer heat=decreased appetite! Something light and wholesome is the key. YUM! great set up with the recipes and photos. I'm going to try the pizza salad-what an interesting and creative idea!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Denise, I hope you enjoy the salad. I think you will. Thanks for your comments.


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nancy_30 6 years ago from Georgia

Thanks for the great recipes. I love eating salads in the summertime.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Nancy, I hope you enjoy them and thanks for your comment.


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tim-tim 6 years ago from Normal, Illinois

Looks delicious! Thanks for the recipes, Pam!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

tim-tim, I hope you enjoy them and thanks for your comment.


jasper420 6 years ago

I have been searching for a good salad recipe as iam trying to loose weight this looks tasty and i realy want to try it and i will thanks so much


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Jasper, I hope you enjoy the salads. Thanks for your comments.


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Albert Street 5 years ago from Northern USA

What a great selection of recipes. I'm looking forward to try them out. Those pictures have my mouth watering!


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Albert Street, I hope you enjoy the food and I appreciate your comments.


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Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

What a great salad selections. I will try them all. Considered bookmark. Thanks for sharing.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Thelma, I hope your enjoy them. Thanks for your comments.


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jeremytorres 5 years ago

Wow! Salads are always yummy anywhere in the world. I'm collecting recipes and I'm glad I found this great hub! Thanks for sharing.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

jeremytorres, I hope you enjoy each one of them. Thanks for your comment.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Always looking for new salads to try and all of these look delicious. Have bookmarked so I can return. Thanks so much.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Susan, I hope you enjoy them. Thanks for your comments.

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