Summer Salads You’ll Want More Than Once!

May 29, 2018

It may be hard to choose from among these fabulous salads—so why not make them all? There’s a main course salad with tasty ingredients everyone loves, a side salad that’s a fresh change of pace, and even a salad you could serve for dessert! Keep these summer salad recipes in mind when asked to bring a dish for a Southshore block party or neighborhood barbecue—or make them at home over and over again!

Check out the name of this main-course salad and just try to keep your mouth from watering—Honey Mustard, Chicken, Bacon and Avocado! This original recipe by Cafe Delites will quickly become one of your family’s summer favorites! With apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, garlic and honey give the dressing/marinade a snappy zest, and who doesn’t like crispy bacon on just about anything?

A Fresh Side – Mexican Chopped Salad!

Are you tired of seeing all the same old side dishes at BBQs and potlucks? This fresh Mexican-inspired salad made from all the best Southlands Farmer’s Market pickings (every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Main Street in Aurora) will have everyone excited! 

The secret ingredient in this summer salad recipe is jicama – a staple in South American cooking. It looks like a speckled misshapen potato, but it has a mildly sweet crunch, and it doesn’t lose its crispness over time! Here’s a simplified version of the recipe from Cafe Sucre Farine. With lime juice, honey, cumin, cilantro and crispy tortilla strips, this authentic flavorful salad is a wonderful alternative to a “garden variety” lettuce and tomato dish!

Salad – For Dessert?

You bet! When it’s sweet and crunchy and oh-so-easy to make! This sweet Grape Salad with a dash of brown sugar and a handful of pecans is a welcome change from typical fruit salads. Follow this recipe from Country Living and make it in 25 minutes or less!

The sweet, tangy and nutty combination is finger-kissing good.

Why do some salads just taste better when somebody else – like a restaurant chef – makes it? Kitchn offers tips for making delicious four-star summer salads right at home. One important step is the put the salad plates in the refrigerator before serving – it keeps the greens nice and crisp, and the second tip is to make sure the lettuce leaves are thoroughly dry. 

While salads are generally one of the easier summer dinners to make, some nights you’d rather let someone else do the work. That’s the night to head for Mad Greens at Southlands, just six minutes from Southshore! This crazy-about-salads restaurant features the freshest ingredients and specializes in all things Mediterranean-inspired!

Easy Summer Living at Southshore

Salads are only one way to make summer living fresh and easy—the amenity-rich, master-planned community of Southshore is another! Stop by and tour the spectacular model homes, built by three of the region’s top builders Toll Brothers, Century Communities and Richmond American Homes. The new designs are available in ranch and two-story models, priced from the upper $300s to the $700s.