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Easy Summer Salads

Updated on September 16, 2014

Delight your Guests with Easy and Delicious Summer Salads

We had company over for the 4th of July and everyone was raving about my salads. They were all very simple to make and yet delicious!

In the summer time I like to serve a meal that is made up of a grilled meat and cold salads. There are so many to choose from, but in this lens I will share the ones that I used at our most recent company meal.

I love dishes that I can make ahead so that I can spend my time with my guests, and not in the kitchen the day of the party. Each of these recipes fits that bill. I made them the evening before and put them in serving bowls in the refrigerator. The day of the party I just had to remove the plastic wrap and set them on the table.

Here is the menu I used for my meal and the recipes for the salads.

Happy Eating!

photos by Mary Beth Granger

Delicious Summer Cole Slaw

For a great summer slaw take a bag of precut cole slaw mix and add 1/2 jar of Marzetti Cole Slaw dressing, 1 apple diced and 1/3 cup of dried cranberries. Mix together for an easy and great tasting salad.

Menu for a Summer Meal

Grilled Chicken

Italian Sausage with Peppers and Onions

Potato Salad

Chopped Vegetable Salad

Tomato-Mozzarella Salad

Fresh Fruit Salad

Best Potato Salad - easy and delicious potato salad

I have been making potato salad for years and this is the recipe that has become a favorite of my family. It is easy and delicious and a great side dish for a summer barbeque.

I have found that red potatoes work best for this recipe and I start out by boiling the potatoes until they are tender when stuck with a fork. A good guideline for the amount is to have one medium sized potato for each person. I usually make more because we want leftovers of this delicious salad. When the potatoes are cooked, I set them on a towel to cool. After they are cooled, I peel them and cut them into bite size pieces and put them in a mixing bowl.

The amount of other ingredients depends on the amount of potatoes but here is what I used for about 5 lbs or 9 medium sized potatoes.

Miracle Whip Light-4 heaping Tablespoons

Pickle Relish- 2 Tablespoons

Onion- 1/2 onion chopped

Yellow Mustard- 2 Tablespoons

Eggs- two hard boiled

Bacon- 3 slices - I microwave them till crisp

Salt and Pepper- to taste

All ingredients are added to potatoes in mixing bowl and tossed. After mixing, I transfer them to a glass serving bowl.

Yummy Chopped Salad

easy salad with fresh vegetables

This is one of our favorite summer salads. It is fresh vegetables chopped in small pieces and then tossed with a homemade ranch dressing. I use a wide variety of vegetables depending on what is fresh and available at our local market. For the salad pictured here I used the following vegetables:

leaf lettuce

green onions

celery

mushrooms

red pepper

yellow pepper

asparagus (I cooked it for 2 minutes in microwave to soften before chopping)

broccoli

It is important to chop all vegetables into small pieces.

I also added dried cranberries and shredded cheddar cheese.

The dressing is made by adding about 2 T of dry ranch dressing mix to 1 cup of Light Miracle Whip and 1/2 cup of milk. I put it in a jar and shake to mix. I keep this mix made up in the refrigerator. It is also great as a dip for cut up vegetables.

I put the vegetables, cranberries and shredded cheese in a bowl and toss with the dressing. The amount of dressing used depends on the amount of vegetables used, but I would say for a good sized bowl, I used about 4 heaping tablespoons of dressing.

Fresh Fruit Salad

The fruit salad listed on the menu and pictured in the introduction is made by combining the following fresh fruits.

Pineapples

Strawberries

Rasberries

Blueberries

They are then put in a glass bowl and served.

Simple yet delicious.

Easy Tomato Mozzarella Salad - great summer salad

This is a super easy version of the classic tomato-mozzarella salad.

Mix together these three ingredients

Tomatos--cut into small chunks

Red Onion--chopped ( I use about 1 Tablespoon for each tomato used)

String Cheese--slice into 1/4 inch slices ( use 1 stick for every tomato)

Add your favorite Italian dressing or marinade. I pour the dressing on top of the salad and then toss very lightly.

It is good to make this salad at least an hour before serving so the dressing can soak into the salad.

Glass Bowls are Great for Summer Salads - see great fruits and veggies

I like to use glass bowls when serving summer salads. They let the beautiful colors of the summer salads shine through the bowls. I have several different bowls that I use and I think it is great to mix the different styles.


Here are some bowls I found that I thought would work great for the salads in this lens.

Anchor Hocking Olivia 3-Piece Salad Bowl Set with Serving Fork and Spoon
Anchor Hocking Olivia 3-Piece Salad Bowl Set with Serving Fork and Spoon

This salad bowl would be great to serve the chopped salad or the potato salad. I like glass bowls for serving summer salads.

 

Cookbooks for Summer Cooking

Here are some cookbooks especially for summer cooking. Find great salads and good grilling tips.

Great Fresh Summer Salad

This video shows how simple it is to make a really good healthy and delicious summer salad.

Last year when I was recovering from surgery, I got hooked on watch food network shows. I learned so many great tips for preparing foods. This video is a great example of the tips that are available.

Enjoy!

I would love to hear about your favorite salad.

Do you have a favorite summer salad? - stop by and leave me a note

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      Ramona 4 years ago from Arkansas

      Your a great cook! I like all your lenses. Some very quick ideas. I like quick when it comes to cooking. hahaha.....

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      lewisgirl 4 years ago

      I usually just throw together whatever is in the fridge and in the garden with a raspberry vinegarette dressing. Nice lens!

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      Mobley5 4 years ago

      I love a simple tossed salad - a variety of different lettuce leaves, cherry tomatoes, avocado, grated carrot, sliced peppers, cucumber and some red onion. Once I have a nice, big bowl prepared I pour over some balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. Toss through and eat - yummy!

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      Rob Hemphill 4 years ago from Ireland

      I love loads of fruit in a salad - in fact, the more stuff in it the better!

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      I got excited as soon as I saw that it was your own photos used on this recipe article. The potato salad is my favorite and I can hardly wait for it to warm up a little so I can have it again. Sounds delicious.

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      All your recipe are very healthy, I try especially the salad with fruits and the one with yummy.

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      DecoratingMom411 5 years ago

      The tomato mozzarella salad looks delicious.

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      Catherina LM 5 years ago

      Yum! My salads are quite boring so it's good to know what others are doing for salads. The tomato mozzarella looks great!

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      piedromolinero 5 years ago

      I love most the tomato mozzarella salad, but all of them look delicious and perfect for a hot summer day.

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      Love the fruit mix. The tomato salad looks good also.

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      Jennifer_Glennon 5 years ago

      These look great. Will have try one at the next get together that I head to.

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      LornsA178 5 years ago

      Your salads look so delicious! I am getting hungry.

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      OliviaDaughter LM 5 years ago

      Good healthy salads are so delicious and tasty. Thanks for sharing these. I love the big Lugul bowl. It is really nice for a gathering.

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      AfroMuscle 5 years ago

      I am very hungry right now and this really hasn't helped matters. I get home in 3 hours but I don't think i'll have the patience to put something together! Starving!!

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      Eileen 5 years ago from Western Cape , South Africa

      I like all salads - have them everyday !

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      Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I love cold pasta salads throughout the summer for lunch (and sometimes dinner). I have been making a series of them for the past 3 weeks, as summer arrived early here in the South! :) My favorite is shrimp/macaroni salad, which is the one currently in my 'fridge. I've also had crab/macaroni and tuna/mac salads. Each one lasts me several days and taste so good! I use various kinds of macaroni, from elbow to.... whatever appeals to me that week.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I loved your easy summer salads in 2010 and returning with a little angel dust to add to your recipes, congratulations on front page honors!

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      EConklinRankpop 5 years ago

      I love fruit salads for summer!! Or a salad with walnuts, strawberries, romaine lettuce and a raspberry vinaigrette dressing!! Yummy! Thanks for sharing!

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      ismeedee 5 years ago

      pasta with tuna, peas and salad cream.

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      IMKZRNU2 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Can I come over for a barbeque? I am going to have to try these recipes...thanks for sharing.

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      CoeGurl 5 years ago from USA

      Yum, these all look delicious, especially during this hot summer.

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      Huntsnan 5 years ago

      Our favorite is just tomato, onion, green pepper, cucumbers, and parmesan cheese all chopped and marinated in zesty Italian dressing. Quick, easy delish!

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      bill-beaman2 5 years ago

      I love salads. So nice during the hot days and so many different kinds keeps it fun. Great lens.

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      fivee05 lm 5 years ago

      No particular favorite. I just make what I like to eat.

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      Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      My mom used to make the best potato salad from scratch. I could eat it all summer. And fresh berries with real whipped cream ..

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      rivercityconcepts 5 years ago

      A good seafood salad is always at the top of our list. Thanks for a great lens.

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      JennySui 5 years ago

      Yummy! I love salad so i will try these recipes.

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      Scanabella 5 years ago

      Cucumber,Dill.Tomatoes,Scallions or Red Onion,Fresh Parsley tossed with

      Oil & Vinegar or Plain Yogurt is so refreshing! Add Garbanzos for extra fiber.

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      Mami Design 5 years ago

      Nothing better in the hot summer!

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      FashionMommy 5 years ago

      I like potato salad but I would love to try some of these delicious ones especially that tomato mozzarella salad, it looks refreshing.

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      MarionElodie 5 years ago

      I love salads as they are very quick and easy to do, and they last me for a few days. One I usually do is a simple pasta salad with tomatoes, cucumber and tuna.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have always loved salad, and your lens have made my love deeper.. Surely going to try out some of them.. :D

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      YUMMY!!!! I love salads and am going to be making them all summer, especially since here in Kuwait the temperatures get up to 130!!!! Blessed by an Angel!

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      McBub-Squidoo 5 years ago

      I like fruit salad.

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      chas65 5 years ago

      Saw an interesting one on "The Chew" the other day. The bascis were cucumbers, mango, blueberries, cilantro, and lime juice. Didn't write it down, so hope there was nothing important I left out. But it looked very refreshing.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yummy Yummy Yum Yum.... I love your lens at first sight, to eat very tasty and eat good at the same time.... priceless!!! Thanks for taking the time to put this together.

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      victoriuh 5 years ago

      Great food and photos! I have strawberries and blueberries in the fridge, too. Fruit salad time!

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      RoadMonkey 5 years ago

      I love salad but tend to stick to the same old, same old .... traditional salad items. I love your fruit salad and the tomato, mozarrella. Must try that. One salad a relative of mine makes she calls pasta salad and it's lovely. It includes pasta (duh!) and olives and basically anything else salady that you want, mixed with a vinaigrette. It's her signature "take to a party" dish.

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      SheilaMilne 5 years ago from Kent, UK

      I think all your suggestions have just become my favourites. :)

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      That's a delicious summer menu you have there!

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      fullofshoes 5 years ago

      ohhhhh!! These are so delicious looking!! I am very excited about some new summer recipes with the 4th of July around the corner. ~blessed~

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      purpleslug 5 years ago

      I love good old potato salad.

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      jlshernandez 5 years ago

      These summer salads made me really hungry. Thanks for sharing. I might try out the potato salad too since I have been looking for a good recipe.

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      wolvyz 5 years ago

      A great tasting dish for the summer.

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      I could just live on salad in the summertime. These all look delicious!

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      Rymom28 5 years ago

      I was just searching for some great summer salads online, thank you for publishing this lens! Going to be coming back to this lens often!

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      Mickie Goad 5 years ago

      I use a trifle bowl (like one of the glass bowls from Amazon you found) to make a seven layer salad. Looks really pretty.

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      sbconcepts 5 years ago

      Fresh fruit salad! Yum! Yum!

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      teinesamoa1971 5 years ago

      Can't wait to try the potato salad recipe!

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      Vicki Green 5 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      These sound like great summer salad recipes. I'm especially interested in making the tomato mozzarella salad - yum!

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      lella03 5 years ago

      it should be really really delicious:)

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      jessicahoward 5 years ago

      it is really very easy and simple to prepare potato salad without any extra effort.....it is mouth watering salad...............thanks for sharing.............

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      YourFirstTime 5 years ago

      Anything cold will do me.

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      Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

      I love Fruit Salads the most.

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      DebMartin 5 years ago

      I love summer salads. One of my favorite is broccoli and bacon and dried cherries.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Yummy salads! I may have to try your potato salad as my husband does love it so.

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      KandH 5 years ago

      Don't think I have a favorite - I just love salads and all of these look great :) thanks!

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      psiloveyou1 5 years ago

      I love your summer cooking style. There are so many things to do this time of year. Who wants to spend all day in the kitchen.

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      entertainmentev 5 years ago

      I love a good Tomato Mozzarella Salad. It's easy to make, especially when guests stop by as a surprise.

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      Blackspaniel1 5 years ago

      Salads are always great.

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      Ninche 5 years ago

      Few days ago I was thinking about fruit salad and I remembered your lens about center piece :) Great recipes here!

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      randomthings lm 5 years ago

      Great lens. The salads look great...I'm getting very hungry now.

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      brendajoy 5 years ago

      My favorite salad is spinach leaves with sunflower seeds, small cubes of mild cheddar cheese topped with canned and drained tropical fruit (I like Del Monte brand)and Ranch dressing. My husband dreamed that up. Enjoyed your lens a lot!

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      coletta lm 5 years ago

      Great recipes! Pinned on my pinterest board :)

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      straw-hut 6 years ago

      This is a tasty lens! The tomato and mozzarella with Italian dressing...mmm

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      LoKackl 6 years ago

      Summer just wouldn't be summer without fruit salads. Love your idea of cranberries in slaw! Inspired!

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      squid-janices7 6 years ago

      All your salads look delicious. Now that Panera sells their poppy seed dressing in the store, I love making their strawberry salad (with the blueberries, pecans, romaine lettuce, etc). It is always a hit at functions and I love eating it for lunch.

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      jseven lm 6 years ago

      Great salad recipes. I posted them on my Facebook wall, thanks!

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      GreenfireWiseWo 6 years ago

      Tomato - Mozzarella with fresh basil - yum. Thank you for the great recipes.

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      mamamia2011 6 years ago

      oh these salads are lovely. i'm very interested to try it.

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      AsianMarketplace 6 years ago

      I love my salad with few sliced smoked salmon and dash of lemon over it. Very refreshing!

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love the mix in that coleslaw. Will definitely try that one.

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      LikinTrikin LM 6 years ago

      They all sound so good. Where to start? hummmmmm. Thanks so much for sharing these great summer salad recipes!!! Happy 4th to you

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      purpleslug 6 years ago

      I make one that has been made and pass on from my Great Grandma. We use jello, cream cheese, whip cream, pineapple and cottage cheese.

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      Ruth Coffee 6 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      There is nothing like a refreshing salad on a hot summer day. I will be trying all of these!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I make a salad somewhat like your Tomato-Mozzarella salad, HA! except I only use tomatoes, bell peppers, purple onions and celery and Italian dressing. But it goes very well with grilled chicken and is quick to put together. Thanks for sharing these recipes, I will certainly use them this hot summer.

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      Rhonda Albom 6 years ago from New Zealand

      I am big on fruit salad. I never really liked cole slaw - but maybe adding cranberries would fix that. However, big surprise to me, it is your Tomato Mozzarella Salad which will be the first recipe I try from here. Fantastic selections of summer salads. Blessed.

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      hlkljgk 6 years ago from Western Mass

      i'll be referring to this page often over the next few months!

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      Michelle1959 6 years ago

      Cooking lenses are my favourite and I love the unusual ingredients and constituents used in your salads - great ideas that I'll definitely try very soon. A favourite salad is a hard call - so many are so good but I'll hazard that one I can't leave alone is the pasta, cheese, red peppers, apricots and spring onions provided there's a lot of good dressing on. Thanks very much for this and I'll definitely be taking a look at more!

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      bkarsono 6 years ago

      Hmmm... yummy! All look so fresh. Very appetizing lens

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Lensrolled to "You Spell Potato"

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      Nathalie Roy 7 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      My favorite summer salad is: a big apple cut in chunks + 1 can of chickpea + 1 small garlic clove finely chop + yogurt + curry powder. Mix all together , let it stand for an hour or so for the flavors to mix well and enjoy.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      These are great summer salads. I especially like fruit salads. I'll try yours!

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      howtocurecancer 7 years ago

      The video explains so easy to make the summer salad. I'll try because I need to try it.

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      callinsky lm 7 years ago

      We have all kinds of fruit cut up like you show above but we add cool whip. Soooooo yummy!!!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I love salads. Will be featuring this lone on my salad recipe lens...

      Thanks for sharing these salad recipe ideas.

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      Patricia 7 years ago

      I have a simple one with green leaf and romaine lettuce, avocado, tomatoes, and lemon juice on it...It can have garlic powder on it too or garlic salt. I also have one with spinach and mandarin oranges... I have not had it in a while. Blessing this lens! Love the salads on here.

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      LadyelenaUK 7 years ago

      I've not long had lunch, but after reading this, I'm feeling hungry again. Timely Recipe's. I will definitely be trying them out. They look so delicious and healthy.

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      jolou 7 years ago

      I love summer, and one of the reasons why is all the fresh fruit and veggies available right from the farms. I love salads, and chicken ceasar and spinach are my favorites.

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      Robin S 7 years ago from USA

      This delicious lens is being featured at Cabaret Squidoo today!

      www.cabaretsquidoo.com

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      Light-in-me 8 years ago

      These just sound so yummy, you made me hungry! I am going to feature this on my Summer Fun lens. "fun easy salads to make for a picnic" nice lens thanks for sharing.

      Robin :)

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      Faye Rutledge 8 years ago from Concord VA

      M-m-m-m, these salads almost made me think it was summer, except for the snow outside. (just close the blinds, right?) Our favorite tossed salad combination is: iceberg lettuce, romain lettuce, brocolli, califlower, radishes, onions, craisens, walnuts, cheddar cheese, and bacon bits. (you could also include celery,carrots, mushrooms...) Add your favorite dressing. (mine is honey mustard or ranch) Also, you could add chicken, ham, or turkey. Thanks for the great summer salad ideas!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 8 years ago from United States

      I could be perfectly content living off of fruit salad or potato salad! I really like that apron! Awesome!!!

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      HorseAndPony LM 8 years ago

      These are amazing. Love your tomato salad. After this coming weekend salad will be my best friend. I have a few holiday pounds shed. :)

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 8 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Mmm love salads! My favorites are fruit salads, and salads with tomatoes.

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      Do you know that I love salads so much that I could probably eat one each day of the year. Thankfully living in Florida allows us to enjoy salads more days of the year.

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      WindyWintersHubs 8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Love all your recipes. Very yummy lens. I make a similar potato salad recipe but I will try adding the relish. Hubby will love that! :)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Attractive lens - recipes look yummy.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      This is a super lens. I love Summer Salads and will lensroll this to my Fruit Salad Recipe lens.

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      Seeking Pearls 8 years ago from Pueblo West

      You are making me hungry. Great tips.

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