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Stark Raving "MINTY COOL" Summer Salad Recipe

Updated on December 2, 2013

Minty Cool Summer Salad

Dreaming of a Cool Salad!
Dreaming of a Cool Salad! | Source

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.

Homemade Croutons

Best Croutons For The Salad
Best Croutons For The Salad | Source


  • 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
Picture Perfect!
Picture Perfect! | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Six servings when used as a side dish.
Combining the ingredients for the Summer Salad
Combining the ingredients for the Summer Salad | Source


  1. Chop up the apples, cucumbers and tomatoes into desired sizes. I like mine cut up into approx. half inch cubes.
  2. Chop the mint leaves as finely as you can.
  3. Put all the ingredients in a bowl except for croutons.
  4. Gently fold the sauces with the fruits and veggies until there are throughly covered.
  5. Cover and refrigerate. Let it cool for at least half an hour.
  6. Add the croutons before dishing it out, and serve it with your favorite meat, fish, or veggie dish.

Some Suggestions:

  • 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!

Please Rate This Recipe:

4.3 stars from 6 ratings of Stark Raving Minty Cool Salad


Final Product
Final Product | Source


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    • LaThing profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Thanks, Peach! Hope you get to try it out. :)

      Appreciate your stopping by......

    • peachpurple profile image


      4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      awesome salad recipe

    • LaThing profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hey there, Charron! Great to see you here. Thanks for the wonderful comment. I do like cooking as long as I am cooking something I love, LOL.

      Love your recipes! Take care.....

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      Karen Robiscoe 

      4 years ago from California

      looks super, and I love the artistic money shot. :) I can see cooking is definitely your thing, La Thing!!

    • LaThing profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Oh yes, this can be adapted to any taste, as long as the mint is there. I have made this without the meat part and it comes out great. Enjoy!

      And thanks for stopping by :)

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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      This looks yummy--I am vegetarian, but I think this could be easily adapted!

    • LaThing profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi there, LaLinda!! Great to see you here. Sorry about the delayed response. Hope you do try this salad.... This is actually my favorite one during the summer. enjoy :)

    • LaThing profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hey there, Kashmir! Thanks buddy for the comment and everything :)

      Hope you like it. Take care..... :)

    • LaThing profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi there, Kidscrafts (Joelle), great to see you! Yes, this is a wonderful meal for the summer and hope you get to try it soon :)

      Thanks for your comment.

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      Theresa Ast 

      5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      It would never have occurred to me to combine all these ingredients, although I love all of them individually. How creative and out of the proverbial box. Great salad recipe. :) Theresa

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      5 years ago from Wales

      Summer days ;salad days and voted up.


    • LaThing profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      LOL @ Billy...... Hope Bev tries it out, and you can always eat it with some meat 'sitting' next to it :)

      Your garden would be the perfect place to grab all the fresh ingredients from for this salad! Thanks for stopping by and the encouragement, LOL

      Take care, and see you around!

    • LaThing profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hey there, Faith, my dear friend! Yes, for an awesome recipe I had to come up with an awesome name, LOL! Hope your give the summer salad a try and like it. Thanks for stopping by and for all your support. See you around.....

    • LaThing profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi there, Haseena, great to have you here. Thanks for the comment and the votes! Hope you get to try out this salad :)

      Take care.

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      Martin Kloess 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this delightful idea.

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      Andrew Spacey 

      5 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

      Mint is cool and just right for the warmer months of summer.Added to your delicious looking salad - the fetta and sour cream and light meats are leanish protein I note - this has to be a winner. Your own photos are good, plus this is an original recipe which won't be found anywhere else.

      Votes for this nutritious hub.

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      Dil Vil 

      5 years ago from India

      Pics are simply amazing and the recipe sounds very delicious. Love to have it, thanks for the tasty recipe.

    • always exploring profile image

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Like you, i love salad. This one is different, ( mint ) I will try it, looks really good..

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      5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Love this Lizzie..such a cool refreshing change even if it is getting colder here, anything with mint and pineapple in it is fantastic in my book..def pin & share this one thank you..cheers

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I have loads of mint growing in our backyard and it is truly refreshing to add to salads. This recipe sounds great. Thanks! Up votes and sharing.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      Lathing I rated this a five because thats all they allow me to do.. but it's a ten!!!!!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi LaLiz...I also enjoy salads year round and your salad sounds divine! I'll be sure and try it soon and I'll also be raving about it! :)

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      Thomas Silvia 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      This is a very awesome summer salad recipe and i will give it try this summer. Well done !

      Vote up and more !!! Sharing !

    • kidscrafts profile image


      5 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      This looks just delicious, ideal for the summer (if we can get one). It's a great recipe to accompany any BBQ or for potluck :-)

      Thanks for sharing!

    • LaThing profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi, Nat! It's lovely to see you here..... Perfect timing, LOL! Hope you do try it out, and love it :)

      Enjoy your summer in Hawaii with your partner. Wish you all the best!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzie, the best I can do is pass this along to Bev, who will love it. Me? I'm not seeing much meat here. LOL

      I hope you are well my friend, and enjoying your summer.


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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      Just the sound of the name of this recipe sounds wonderful, so the recipe itself must be awesome!!! Great photos and thanks for sharing this delicious "Minty Cool Summer Salad" Yum!

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

    • Haseena Firdousia profile image


      5 years ago from India

      really awesome recipe. voted up and interesting.

    • Natashalh profile image


      5 years ago from Hawaii

      Awesome!! I just bought a mint plant today - how perfect! Plus I am spending the summer in Hawaii, land of pineapples. Perfect, again! I have to make this after my man gets home from deployment.


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