Posted by Roth McCoy | Posted in Summer Picnic Ideas | Posted on 05-10-2009
Summertime Picnic Food
Ideas- Five Summer Salads
In the summer, there is no greater thing than a picnic. It is the perfect summer activity – sunshine, the great outdoors, good food, and even better company. There are a million and a half well known picnic food ideas out there that are all delicious, but the less-common ones are great too. One terrific example of this is a salad. When people talk about a picnic, they usually do not think of summer salads. But they can make a great addition to your picnic. This article will give you five summer salads that you can take with you to your next picnic.
Summer Salads #1: Cobb Salad
There are a ton of variations on the salad, but your most basic form comes with greens and an assortment of ingredients on top. A Cobb salad is one of the best summer salads because it is a filling meal in and of itself. This recipe is a basic Cobb salad with a little twist. Start off with a bed of greens. I recommend a nice Romaine, or another leafy green. Iceberg lettuce isn’t as nutritious. On top of this, add tomato (diced ones work best) and bacon (either in strip form or diced). Then, add a grilled chicken breast that has been cut up. You can also add sliced avocado, a mashed up, hard-boiled egg, and cheese of your choosing. The twist I suggest is adding Mexican-style four-cheese mix to the salad. Toss, add your choice of dressing (raspberry vinaigrette is my favorite for this one) and enjoy.
Summer Salads #2: Green Pasta Salad
This is one of my favorites because it combines elements of a traditional salad with pasta salad. Start off with a bed of butterhead lettuce (or Romaine if you can’t find it). Add a layer of Parmesan cheese. Then, add pasta salad. You can make your own if you wish, but for the sake of simplicity I recommend buying some from the supermarket. Once you have added the salad, pour on a layer of Italian dressing and then toss. The cheese and greens give you a traditional salad taste, and the pasta salad will feel cool and refreshing in a hot summer day.
Summer Salads #3: Delightful Fruit Salad
Not all salad has to be with lettuce. This salad combines some great summer fruits that will be a fresh addition to a picnic – especially if you are grilling out. I will give you my own recipe for this salad. Take a watermelon and cut it in half, lengthwise. Then, carve out a trough in the middle. This is where you will put the salad. I like to add an assortment of banana, apple, strawberry, blackberry, kiwi, avocado, and mango (with oranges if you want). All this is on top of watermelon, of course, which makes it better!
Summer Salads #4: “Cool as a Cucumber” Salad
A cucumber salad is a very simple yet delightful summer salad that is not difficult to prepare at all. Take a cucumber or two and cut them into long, thin slices. Then, take a red onion and dice it, and add this to the salad. Some people will just add salt and a dressing and leave it at that, but I think you should take it a step further and add chilled potato or chicken salad to the mix. Then, add a soft and sweet dressing – I recommend something with honey, like a honey Dijon vinaigrette.
Summer Salads #5: Strawberry Spinach Salad
Finally, of the five summer salads, this one is probably the easiest one to make. Take some baby spinach greens (fresh, not processed) and toss them in with almond chips and blue cheese. Then, halve strawberries and place them in the salad. For dressing, I recommend something light and sweet. To make a great homemade dressing, take equal parts oil and vinegar, add as much honey as you want (depends on how much dressing you want), include some sesame seeds, and whisk together to create a sweet dressing. If it is not sweet enough, feel free to add more honey or a little bit of sugar. Then, just take your dressing and pour it over the salad. I don’t recommend storing the dressing in the refrigerator, though; it will become creamy and will not taste as good.
There you have it! Five great summer salads for you to choose from. The best summer salads, though, are the ones that come from your kitchen, so feel free to experiment with these and others to create the perfect summertime dish for a healthy and fun-filled picnic.
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