Seven Layered Salad Recipes: 10 Easy Recipes for Summer
You can make a layered salad any time of year, but it is an ideal choice for summer. When the weather is hot and you aren't in the mood to turn on the oven or even spend a lot of time in the kitchen when you could be outside, salads are perfect. One of the biggest advantages of layered salads is that you can make almost all of them ahead of time. Make the salad when you have time and then pull it out just before lunch, dinner, or a party. Many of these recipes are vegetarian and gluten free. For the ones that aren't, it's easy to make a couple minor changes so that they are.
If possible, always serve your layered salads in clear glass or plastic bowls so that people can admire the full effect of the beautiful layers of food.
This is one of my personal favorite recipes. I make it throughout the spring and summer and frequently change up the ingredients depending on what we have on hand. Traditionally Cobb salads are made with bleu cheese dressing, but many recipes substitute a different dressing. My personal choice is honey mustard dressing. Just about any creamy dressing will work well. If you don't have cooked chicken on hand, shredded deli meat is another great choice.
Special Bleu Cheese Dressing...Perfect for Salads or Buffalo Wings
Turning this classic recipe into a salad is a great idea. The recipe suggests making your own croutons ahead of time. It calls for Thousand Island dressing, but you can switch this up for another creamy dressing, such as Ranch, or just use the mayo by itself.
Homemade Thousand Island Dressing
It doesn't get much more classic than this for summer with fresh tomatoes and basil. You can use frozen peas like the recipe suggests, but using fresh peas will intensify the fresh summer flavor even more. I love how colorful this salad is with bright layers of green, yellow, and red.
If you're never tried a lime Caribbean dressing before, you don't know what you're missing. It pairs perfectly with the chicken and mango. Don't skimp on the cashews.
An updated version of a classic recipe, the combination of spinach and whole wheat tortellini makes this both filling and packed with nutrition. This is a meal in itself. The flavor combination is amazing here with feta cheese, fresh basil, tomatoes, artichokes, and olives.
One of my favorite aspects of making tacos is that I get to use some of the leftovers to make taco salad the next day. I have included a few different variations of this recipe idea. Pick one or adapt your own version of one to suit your preferences. if you decide to include guacamole, I highly recommend making your own fresh right before you serve it.
I've never had a cornbread salad before, but now I'm intrigued to try it. Keep it simple with cornbread mix or wow everyone at dinner with your favorite cornbread recipe. This recipe includes two full cans of corn in addition to the corn bread. If that's too much for your taste, just use one can or substitute other veggies, such as more peppers or tomatoes.
You'll get a full mix of flavor, nutrition, and color with this mix of green and red veggies, mayo, creamy Italian dressing, and Asiago cheese. A handful of fresh parsley on top right before you serve it will complete the dish. Make sure that you allow a couple hours for the salad to marinate and chill before serving.
It doesn't seem fitting to write a summer salad article without a pasta salad. If you're looking for a change from one of the traditional pasta salad options, a layered salad is a great choice. This is an old Kraft recipe. If you're like me and aren't crazy about mayo or Miracle Whip heavy salads, substitute the mayo for sour cream.
Easy Italian Pasta Salad | Pinch of Yum
It also doesn't seem fitting to write a summer salad article without including at least one fruit salad recipe. Don't feel limited by the fruit choices here. Pick seasonal fruits or go with your own favorites and make it as sweet or as tart as you like. This recipe includes vanilla pudding and whipped cream, both of which are classic choices for a layered fruit salad.
More summer recipes from the author.
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