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:
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:
Dear, Paula Deen
Well I think you are the most amazing person, you are my role model if they took you off from the set I would of died inside your the best cook and I can't waite to see you again
Alexis Conner in Summer Salad Days on December 04, 2013 at 4:59 pm
Paula, I used to watch your show on Food Network a lot when I still had the TV and cable many year ago. You weren't even that big a star back then. I always love watching you cook on Youtube after I ditched my TV and cable and read your recipes on Food Network Magazines. I hope one day you can return to Food Network and the Food Network Magazine. I stop buying the magazine since you were gone.
Orindary Jane in Love at Last on December 04, 2013 at 2:32 am
Great blog Cindy!!!! I always enjoy reading your post. This Thanksgiving centerpiece is absolutely beautiful and so easy to make.
Ann in A Perfectly Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece on December 03, 2013 at 8:10 pm
Paula, made your Zucchini Custard Casserole for Thanksgiving and it was Fantastic!!! Thank you so much! Love you & your family. Happy holidays!
Pat Walker in Love at Last on December 02, 2013 at 8:45 pm