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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By Anonymous on August 27, 2013


I love your shows,your cookwear, recipes and everything you have done with changing recipes for your health and ours-Your a much better person than those accusing you--you have many supporters where we are-Bless You and your Family--don't stop doing what you do best!!

By Sandy Hill on August 09, 2013


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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By sandra hooker on July 20, 2013


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.

By Heather on July 20, 2013


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

By Anonymous on July 20, 2013


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.

By ceece on July 19, 2013


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.

By caroln on July 19, 2013


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

By Jeanine Maloney on July 19, 2013


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

By Anonymous on July 19, 2013


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

By Ruby Rogers on July 19, 2013


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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54321 your ideas..yum! Behind you girl 100%.....head days

By Margaret Rutches on July 18, 2013


Wonderful recipes. J

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By Phil Wright on July 18, 2013


Love u paula always have your pots awesome love em

By Sherrie on July 18, 2013

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Add a few spoonfuls of parmesan cheese to the flour and cornmeal breading and it kicks the tomatoes up another notch. Bev
in Crispy Fried Green Tomatoes on August 15, 2014 at 10:33 am

I just bought Paula's Peach Salad Dressing and wondered if anyone has a good recipe that they use it in?
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Congrats Bobby. Loved the family picture miss you Paula on TV will be watching online. Jack is getting big. Looks like his mom but Matt aka moose has your face. Your eyes cheeks hair even falls to his face like yours except to the left. Good luck on your next venture. You give us other 60+ yr women strength to move on. Keep up the good work.
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