Berry Delicious Summer SaladSweet, juicy blueberries are the stars of this quick-toss salad, but it’s equally good (and even more colorful) served with a mix of summer berries. Creamy gorgonzola cheese and walnuts complement the perfect mix of leafy greens. Pair with grilled beef, pork, or chicken for a simple but elegant menu that’s easy enough to serve anytime.
Cha-Cha Chicken SaladShaped in a cake pan and trimmed with a festive border of fresh herbs and berries, Cha-Cha Chicken Salad doubles as a quick and easy centerpiece for summer entertaining. Serve it as a luncheon entrée or as an appetizer with assorted crackers and sliced breads.
Potato Cobb SaladInstead of being tossed together in a bowl, the ingredients for this colorful side salad are arranged on a platter. The potatoes can be cooked and marinated overnight – ready to assemble just before serving.
Lemon-Basil Shrimp SaladFresh basil and lemon zest add a summery twist to our favorite marinated shrimp. Easy-to-make Parmesan cheese baskets double as crisp and stylish serving dishes.
Fresh Pesto Pasta SaladToss chopped fresh basil, toasted pine nuts, and Parmesan cheese with still-warm pasta shells and a flavorful garlic vinaigrette – and you’ve got the perfect side dish for a summer sandwich.
Lemon-Tarragon Chicken SaladA make-ahead recipe for great chicken salad is like money in the bank when it comes to easy entertaining – and this is one the best. A wreath of pencil-thin green beans creates a simple but striking garnish.
Spinach-Chopped Grape SaladChopped salads are all the rage. The fact that this irresistible combo is super healthy and light is just an added bonus. Turn it into an entrée by topping with grilled flank steak or steamed shrimp.
Layered Cornbread and Turkey SaladServed in glass Mason jars, this all-in-one salad is perfect picnic fare. Look for Mason jars in the canning section of supermarkets and discount stores, or order online from http://www.canningpantry.com/.
Cranberry-Nectarine SaladTossed with blue cheese, walnuts, and toasted ramen noodles this crisp green salad is the perfect partner for anything grilled.
- Recipe: Cranberry-Nectarine Salad