Although we are happy once the winter months are gone and the cold whether subsides, it is not long before we find ourselves complaining about the summer heat. Cooking is not always something that we welcome during these smoldering hot days and the thought of cooking hot foods seems even less entertaining. Having a hearty cool pasta salad is a great way to feed your family without spending time over a hot stove and a nice change of pace from the usual heavier meals we have been preparing during the colder weather.
Shrimp Veggie Salad – With so many backyard gardens growing during the summer months, depending who is making the salad, it can take on several variations depending on what you’re growing. If you like your food with a bit of a kick, you can turn the heat up with a dash or two of your favorite hot sauce. With such fresh ingredients like tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, onions, and avocado this becomes a bowl full of freshness that will be welcome at any table.
Mom’s Greek Crab Pasta Salad – This recipe may put you off a bit because you make your own dressing for it but don’t shy away from this delicious pasta salad recipe. I till take about 15 minutes of prep time and 10 minutes of cook time so you can have this whole thing together in less than half an hour. With colorful vegetables like zucchini, tomatoes, broccoli and bell peppers this will not only grab peoples attention with its brightness but mixed with some spiral noodles and topped with feta cheese crumbles, they won’t be able to wait to dig into this side dish.
Cobb Salad – There was a restaurant in Los Angeles called the Brown Derby, it has been many years since it has closed its doors. In their day they offered a Cobb salad which they invented in 1937 by its owner, Robert H. Cobb and it was a hit from the first time it was served. This recipe was created in its honor and based on a recipe found in The Los Angeles Times California Cookbook. If you are someone who loves a good Cobb salad, you won’t be disappointed in giving this recipe a try.
Creamy Avocado Pasta – I think many of use refer to an Avocado as a vegetable while it is actually a fruit, but what ever you call it, I surely love them. This pasta recipe is so simple but there is beauty in simplicity. With the light green color the pasta takes on this dish appears as a refreshing side dish that goes with what ever you might be cooking up for your meal. Be sure to give this one a try I do believe you will find it a welcome addition to your recipe collection.
Skinny Taco Salad with Creamy Ranch – I love a good taco salad and this recipe for a skinny taco salad grabbed my attention, after all we can all use a few less calories here and there. I agree with the makers of this recipe that a Taco salad must be the ultimate summertime comfort food. If you aren’t growing your own vegetable garden you can find some fresh vegetables at your local 99 Cent Only store. Where ever you get your vegetables, give this salad a try, you won’t be sorry and you just may end up having it as a got to meal once a week during the hot weather.
I hope that you find these recipes interesting choices and something you will give a try. It’s not only about beating the heat but freeing up your time as well so you can enjoy some time out of the kitchen and perhaps sitting pool side having a cool drink or sitting under a shade tree reading a book. Always take some time for yourself after all, you deserve it.