Summertime, and the livin’ is easy! And so are these salads! When you keep these recipes on hand, you’ll be able to come home after a hot, long day of work, toss together one of these delightful salads, and head out to the shade with a cold glass of wine. You’ll be well on your way to the most tasteful summer ever!
Easy Summer Salads
Pittsburgh’s Famous Cole Slaw
Pittsburgh is famous for a few foods, but more is no Pittsburgh food is more famous than Pittsburgh Coleslaw. This coleslaw is unique because it is vinegar and oil based rather than mayonnaise-based. Who wants to serve mayo in the heat? Nobody, really. Pittsburgh coleslaw is also called Primanti Bros cole slaw, taking the name after the restaurant that put this slaw on the map.
It’s great as a side dish. However, I like to slice up a grilled chicken breast and turn it into a main course salad. The tangy bite of vinegar takes chicken from ho-hum to yum-yum.
Southwestern Bean Salad
There’s nothing easier than making this savory Southwestern Bean Salad. Open up some cans, soak the beans while you whisk up the dressing, and you have a hearty, protein-filled salad in just a few moments.
It’s satisfying enough on its own. But if you must have a meat with it, serve it along with a freshly grilled…well, anything. It really is just that delish!
Cucumbers and melons go together in a way that’s delightfully light without being too sweet. What kind of melons you ask? It doesn’t matter, whichever variety is in season pairs with the cucumbers. Chop the ingredients and toss them in a large bowl. Drizzle the cucumber-melon mixture with a touch of balsamic vinegar and a tiny hit of olive oil, sprinkle them with a touch of salt, and you have an amazing feast. The drizzle of balsamic vinegar adds a pleasant acidity that will leave you wanting more! You can serve this with freshly sliced Italian bread for a little something extra.
Don’t stress over cooking every night. Fresh veggies and fruits are in season. Fix yourself a salad in place of a heavy meal. You’ll enjoy the time spent relaxing after work as well as savor the deliciousness of summer evenings.
Contributed by: Deborah Tayloe of DIY Home & Garden