Stark Raving "MINTY COOL" Summer Salad Recipe
Minty Cool Summer Salad
Love This Salad!
There is something about Summer (heat, sunshine, outings, BBQs, picnics) that has the taste buds craving for fresh salad. Usually this season is associated with fresh fruits and vegetables. The fresh greens from your own garden, the ripe, plum tomatoes, and all the fresh veggies from the farmers market, is bound to get you in the mood for a fresh summer salad. I love salads regardless of what season it is, and I am always trying out different recipes through out the year. But this one is my own 'original' recipe that I love to make during the summer, and you can try it out too. This salad is bound to bring raving compliments from your friends and family. It has a very distinct, hard to ignore, 'cool' taste to it. So, how do you bring out that cool taste, you ask?
Well, by adding a secret ingredient! MINT LEAVES! Yes, MINT! And it has to be fresh mint.
Ok, now that we have our secret ingredient in hand, The Stark Raving Cool Mint, lets get started on that salad.
- 1 8 oz Can Sweet Corn
- 1 8 oz Can Pineapple
- 3 - 4 Slices Cold Cuts, Turkey ham, salami, etc
- 2 medium Cucumbers
- 2 Large Carrots, Shredded
- 2 large Tomatoes
- 1/4 Cup Mint leaves
- 1 tbsp Light Mayonnaise
- 1 tbsp Light Sour Cream
- 1 tsp Brown Sugar
- 1 tsp Sweet Chili Sauce
- 1 Cup Croutons, Preferably homemade
- 1/2 Cup Feta Cheese, Optional
- Chop up the apples, cucumbers and tomatoes into desired sizes. I like mine cut up into approx. half inch cubes.
- Chop the mint leaves as finely as you can.
- Put all the ingredients in a bowl except for croutons.
- Gently fold the sauces with the fruits and veggies until there are throughly covered.
- Cover and refrigerate. Let it cool for at least half an hour.
- Add the croutons before dishing it out, and serve it with your favorite meat, fish, or veggie dish.
- Although I have used a can of pineapples here, fresh ones goes great with this particular salad.
- I use brown sugar in mine, but any sweetener will do well, even honey.
- I prefer sweet chili sauce but you can substitute ketchup if you like.
- This salad is pretty filling; it could also be eaten as a meal on its own.
Simple and quick! Enjoy!