Two Teens And Their Mama: Super Summer Salads

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Super Summer Salads


I'm pretty sure I could eat salad for dinner every single day.  In our goal to eat healthier, and because it's been 95 degrees in my kitchen for two weeks, there have been lots of salad nights.

My go to salad is sliced grilled chicken, a huge variety of fruits and vegetables (avocado, celery, cucumbers, onions, mango, blueberries), some tortilla strips for a little crunch, and my favorite Bernstein's Cheese Fantastico Italian Dressing.

Or Caprese Salad.  Tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil and aged balsamic vinegar.

Or watermelon, blueberries and feta, mixed with lemon juice and honey.



Put those three salads on rotation, and I'm a happy girl.  HOWEVER, because they are so difficult, and require variety in their diet, the men in my house need more.  So I've been searching the interwebs for new recipes, and today I thought I'd share a few that have been big hits.




This one from Shay at Mix And Match Mama is perfect because the shrimp are grilled, thus eliminating the need to turn on the oven.  Plus, bacon.



I'm pretty sure the boys picked all the avocado out of this salad from Jo-Lynne Shane, but that's okay because there was more for me.  I served it with grilled steak and it was DELICIOUS!



And finally, this one from The Pioneer Woman.  More grilled chicken (yum) and strawberries (yum).  I actually did this one as a wrap, and everyone loved it.  I replaced the goat cheese with feta, because I just say no to goat cheese. Always.

I'm still hunting for new recipes, so if you've got a great one, let me know in the comments.

29 comments:

  1. This is exactly what I needed today! Our family routinely gets in a food slump and it can be tough to find things! Great salad ideas and LOVE the avocado. I will be the only one eating it too:)
    Have a wonderful day!
    Audrey
    www.audreysalutes.com

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    1. Thank you Audrey. I think I could live on avocado.

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  2. We love salads! That grilled shrimp and bacon Omgosh looks soooo yummy!!

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  3. Hi Lana, yes I love salads of different varieties in the summer and these all look yummy!

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    1. Thanks Julie. Salads in the summer are the best.

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  4. We always have some variation on the avocado bean salad in the fridge. We get so many greens in our csa box that I just have it all ready to scoop onto a pile of lettuce.

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    1. I would love to have veggies ready in my fridge all the time. I hate cutting them up though!

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  5. Hasn't this heat been flattening? Wowza. Thank you for this post. I am out of my mind trying to come up with salad options. Thank you! Here's hoping for a cool down and some rain.

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    1. Sounds like a little rain might be coming this weekend? We've had so much haze from the BC wildfires, we couldn't even see the mountains today!

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  6. I love The Pioneer Woman!
    And I love summer salads. Cassidy tends to over-grill, over-spice, and over-garlic every veggie we get. In his defense, it's just because I'm a supertaster, but still.
    If it weren't for soups and salads I wouldn't get my veggies in!

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    1. I get most of mine from salads too - everything tastes better with a little dressing on it!

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  7. Wow, Lana, I will take one of each, please! Gotta pin em all. I love salads but sometimes I lack imagination. Everyone did such a spectacular job. My dad and I watch Pioneer Woman on Foodnetwork all the time. So fun that you included one of her salad recipes!

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    1. We were eating the same salad every week - which is why I went looking. All of these are delicious!

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  8. Oh, I'll have to book mark your compilation. I love salads, but somehow they always taste better if I didn't make them

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    1. Hmmm....I think everything tastes better when I don't have to make it :)!

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  9. YUM!! Book marking this!! These look amazing...my first I'll have to try is the avocado been!

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  10. I'm a salad kind of gal. You've picked some good ones here.

    I cannot believe your boys do not like avocado.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. I know - what is wrong with them? But there's more for me!

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  11. All of these look delicious, especially the last one! Thanks for sharing!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  12. OMG all of these sound soooo good, I want to go make them now :)
    Nora
    www.jacketsociety.com

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    1. I got hungry writing this post Nora!

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  13. A caprese salad is one of my absolute favorites, especially for Summer. I have to try out all those other delicious salad recipes, too. Thanks so much for sharing.

    P.S. Want to Guest Post for me for sometime in August? Let me know. Thanks.

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  14. I'm catching up on writing comments today - I just can't do it easily from my phone! Like you, would be happy with all three of the salads you mentioned first - but all the rest look amazing as well! Your photos are so gorgeous - they make me want to make them all right now!

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  15. I love salad and could eat it every single day! It is by far my favorite food. I'm alot more traditional in my fixings though. No avacodo here...ever. Feta yes...goat cheese...NO! I'm wondering if you have Zaxby restaurants near you? Try their grilled chix cobb salad it is delicious. I can make two big meals out of one!

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