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It's officially summer time and so in our family that means it's time for summer salads. We have a few standbys that we always make because they can be eaten as a side dish or a meal and they do not require turning on the oven. You do have to fry the bacon for one recipe but that doesn't get it too hot. You could even cook bacon in microwave if you must. 

The one I'm making today is what we call Broccoli Cauliflower salad. And before you whine that you don't like broccoli or cauliflower, please just try this because there are several people I know of who said the same thing but tried this and really enjoyed it. I myself am not real big on raw cauliflower but I like it like this. It would also be a good way to get your children to eat vegetables and my experience is if you don't tell them and have them try it, they like it. Here's the recipe.

Broccoli Cauliflower Salad

1 head broccolli, florets cut up and chopped into small pieces (we also use some of the tender stalks, cut small
1 head cauliflower, cut into small pieces
3-4 slices bacon, crumbled
1/2 red onion, chopped fine
1/4 cup dried white raisins or dried cranberries
1/4 cup shelled sunflower seeds
salt and pepper to taste

Dressing
1 cup mayonnaise
1/8 cup sugar or spoon of honey or squirt of agave ( like agave's subtleness and taste)
1-2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar (use more or less to your taste)

Make dressing and toss over all other ingredients and chill for atleast an hour for flavors to mingle. This feeds a crowd, you can easily half the recipe if you like.

The next recipe is for Summer Tuna Noodle w/Peas. It has the tuna in it so we sometimes have this as a meal for dinner. It's good because it's super easy and tasty and keeps the kitchen cool.


Summer Tuna Noodle w/Peas

1 lb. elbow macaroni, cooked according to package and cooled, do not overcook
1 lg. can of your favorite tuna, drained
1/2 white or red onion chopped fine
1/2 pkg.  frozen peas
1 cup mayonnaise
salt and pepper to taste

Cook macaroni according to package directions, maybe for 1 minute less, you want it al dente so it doesn't go mushy. Let it cool in a strainer. Put in large bowl and add drained tuna, chopped onion and frozen peas, add mayonnaise and mix to coat, add salt and pepper. Better if you let it sit in the fridge for a bit to cool and mingle flavors.


This next recipe is great if you have leftover chicken meat or have a rotisserie chicken. I obviously like the savory and sweet combination, this one also has a fruit element to it. 

Chicken Pasta Summer Salad

1 lb. farfalle pasta or large elbow or any small pasta you like
2 cups shredded or chopped chicken
5 green onions, sliced thin on the diagonal
1 cup red grapes, cut in half
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
Dressing
1 cup mayonnaise
1/8 cup sugar or spoon of honey or squirt of agave ( like agave's subtleness and taste)
1-2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar (use more or less to your taste)

I am off to make a Brocolli Cauliflower Summer Salad, I hope you enjoy these recipes. 

 


Comments

Natalie aka nattlee
06/27/2011 12:36pm

I so totally copied these recipes and put them in my Recipe folder on my PC! They sound YUMMY! My next trip to the grocery store I am going to get the stuff to make ALL of them!

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