Cool Down With Deliciously Fresh Summer Salads
Summer is no time to heat up your kitchen with a hot meal cooked in your oven. Instead lighten things up and cool everyone down with a one-bowl meal. It is easy to make a main dish out of your side salad by adding some protein and jazzing it up. Here are some ideas to make a meal out of your vegetables.
Thai Beef Salad
In a large bowl, combine 2 chopped green onions, 1 cup chopped cilantro, 1 cup mint leaves, 1 cup lime juice, 1/3 cup fish sauce, 1 tablespoon sweet chili sauce, and 1/2 cup sugar. Whisk until well blended. Add 1 pound of thinly sliced, grilled flank steak and let sit in the refrigerator for at least one hour. Remove bowl from refrigerator and add one head of lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces, one diced cucumber, and one pint of cherry tomatoes. Toss and serve immediately.
In a large bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil, and salt and pepper to taste. To the bowl, add one head of romaine lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces, one-pint cherry tomatoes, 2 cups of croutons, and one pound of cooked, crumbled bacon. Toss and serve immediately.
Antipasti Pasta Salad
Cook and drain one large box of rotini or ziti pasta. In a large bowl, combine pasta with 3/4 cup pesto sauce. Cut into bite-sized pieces each of the following: 1/2 pound steamed asparagus, one jar roasted red peppers, one small jar artichoke hearts, two cups fresh mozzarella, a few fresh basil leaves, and 1/2-pound dry salami. Add this to the bowl and toss well. This may be refrigerated overnight before serving.
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