Sensational Summer Salads

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By The Paula Deen Test Kitchen

Salads are truly the ultimate food of summer.  There are so many reasons that salads are the dish of the season.  Produce is in abundance, and we all know eating fruits and vegetables when they are in season makes them that much more irresistible.  Spinach, corn, green beans, berries, cucumbers, peaches, tomatoes and okra are just a few things that are at their peak in summertime.  Salads also make an easy, quick and simple meal on those evenings when we would rather be outside and not in the kitchen.  They are light, healthy, and most importantly cool for those hot nights when you don’t want to turn on the stove and can’t imagine eating something warm.  Use the list of recipes below as your ultimate summer salad guide!

Salads are no longer simply a dish or an afterthought to accompany the rest of your meal.  Try one of Paula’s hearty salads as an easy and healthy main course:

South Western Avocado and Black Bean Salad
Vidalia Onion and Lump Blue Crab Salad
Blueberry and Grilled Chicken Salad
Black-Eyed Pea Greek Salad
Grilled Vegetable Pasta Salad
Spinach and Strawberry Salad

Whether you are barbequing outside or simply looking for a healthy way to work vegetables into your meal, try one of these flavor-filled side salad:

Corn and Asparagus Salad
Grilled Peach Salad
New Potato and Green Bean Salad
7-Layer Salad
Aunt Peggy’s Cucumber, Tomato, and Onion Salad
Peach Pecan Iceberg Wedges

And who would have thought, salad for dessert?  Absolutely! There is nothing sweeter or more decadent then fresh in-season summer fruit.  Try one of these light and healthy fruit desserts recipes:

Fresh Fruit Salad with Creamy Custard
Fresh Fruit Salad with Lime-Ginger Honey Dressing
Fresh Fruit Salad with Cream Cheese Pecan Topping
Watermelon Salad with Mint Leaves

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Love you Paula....you look just like my mother. , I'd watch your show in the beginning of your career, so I would feel like I was watching her. Love to you and your family. And we love your recipes.

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Paula you are an amazing women and full of inspiration. May God continue to Bless you and your family in what ever new adventure he leads you through, I am certain what ever it may be it will be a success. Thank you for giving us your all. Julie

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Dear Pula, I miss your show so much. I also hope to see you back soon and wish you every success on your new adventures

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Love all the recipes. It is nice to find all recipes for the food I remember as a child no matter where I am in the World. Thank you, I wish the best for you. God Bless.

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Paula hope you know how many people admire,respect and love you! Don't let go of your strong spirit!

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YUMMM. recipes look great and will have to try. Very unfair what the media did to you! You'll be back on top again soon.

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So sorry you have been treated so badly. You have many friends ,fans and family who are outraged how you have been treated by these companies., and so called Food network friends.Just continue being the super great person you are,don't let their warped minds ruin you.

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Glad to see the update/revised website, the past couple weeks have been difficult to use. Congratulations Paula for getting back on your feet and moving forward. I enjoyed watching you on TV, although the butter was a bit much! Glad to see you are slimming down your recipes. Best wishes from my kitchen to yours! Jeanine

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Love you,Paula. I wish you all the,best, I hope to see you,back soon.

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Love your recipes Paula. Do you have a "Just salad" recipe book? Don't worry...you will be back! Their loss!!! Blessings!

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I love your show and family. I hope this ugliness goes away soon and you will be on top again! God knows your heart and what ugliness is in others.

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Paula....love your ideas..yum! Behind you girl 100%.....head up....smile...better days ahead..smile

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Wonderful recipes. J

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I'll always support your efforts. I have stopped watching the Food Network shows since you have been taken off. I'm also not supporting any business that has pulled your products off their shelves. Jesus said "He who is without sin cast the first stone". I'm sorry our country is full of finger pointers (who should remember that they have 3 fingers pointing back to themselves). Everyone said what you did 25-30 years ago. You can't be punished now for what happened in the past. I did it. Now my next door neighbor is a fine black lady who is widowed. I look after her house when she is gone. I worked for her late husband who was the best boss I ever had who just happened to be black. If another network picks up your show I will watch it and predict that it will have higher ratings than before.

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hi! wink i was wondering if you could share the recipe for the chiken/grape salad-the one that is pictured on the croissant above? thanks! wink sandra
Sandra Neuheimer-Huller in Chicken Salad: A Southern Staple on April 19, 2014 at 9:37 am

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in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 7:22 am

I WISH I COULD COOK. COULD I COME WORK FOR JUST ROOM AND BOARD AT YOUR NEW RESTURAUNT IN PIGEON FORGE FOR THE SUMMER? I WENT TO COLLEGE NOT FAR FROM THERE - HIWASSEE COLLEGE. YOU WOULDN'T HAVE TO PAY ME, I WOULD WORK FOR FREE JUST FOR THE EXPERIENCE. TAMMY LEVAN 19 SPENCER WAY KINGS PARK, NY 11754 HAPPY EASTER! CHRIST IS RISEN!
TAMMY L LEVAN in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 3:31 am

Hi Bubbles, You have some great tips. Can't wait to read your other blogs! Please give Aunt Peggy a big hug from me and here is one for you! (((HUGS))) See you in May!
Jaci Pardun in 10 Quick Household Tips on April 18, 2014 at 10:05 pm

Paula, I am glad to know that I am not the only person who makes Easter Baskets for their adult children and mail them across the United States. My Daughter lives in Long Beach, CA and I not only sent her a basket but her husband and my granddaughter Reese. We also buy special Russel Stover Bunnies for each child too. My husband has the list in his phone... Sara .. Cookies 'n Crème.... Sidney and Stephen.. Peanut Butter Etc. It one of my favorite things to do for my kids.. no matter how old they get. And passing it along to my Grandchildren. It's even more special to me knowing we share a family tradition. Blessings and Happy Easter!!
Sharon Cason-Card in A Basketful of Traditions on April 18, 2014 at 10:03 pm