Asian Noodle Salad is one of those recipes that’s so satisfying that I could eat it over and over again and never get sick of it. It’s something about the flavor combinations of the dressing, the crispness of the fresh vegetables and filling feeling from the rice noodles that hits just right.
So many good side dishes are carb heavy; am I right? I love when there’s a great side dish that comes along that is veggie heavy instead. Hello Broccoli Bacon Salad! Raw broccoli, delicious bacon, and a sweet, creamy dressing are the staple flavors of this perfect summer side salad. I even throw in some sunflower seeds and raisins for added texture. If this doesn’t scream barbecue side I don’t know what does.
Mediterranean Cucumber Salad brings freshness to dinner. Raw vegetables plus a light vinaigrette dressing; how could you go wrong? Cucumber Salad is so popular in other parts of the world that it even goes by it’s own name – Shirazi Salad. Shirazi salad is a Persian dish. It’s a traditional Mediterranean salad featuring cucumber, tomato and herbs.
The combination of fresh shrimp, crisp celery and herby dressing creates a burst of flavors in every bite. The shrimp is cooked to perfection, juicy and tender, and when combined with the crunchy celery, refreshing lemon, and warm curry, it’s like an explosion of freshness in your mouth. All of this and only 10 minutes to make!
A barbecue cookout is not complete without a great pasta salad. Grilled meat and pasta salad go together like spaghetti and meatballs – am I right? Everyone needs a great pasta salad recipe and this BLT Pasta Salad recipe is going to be your summertime dinner best friend.
Italian Couscous Salad is fluffy couscous mixed with raw vegetables and a light Italian herb dressing that is served room temperature or even cold. It’s healthy, filling and incredibly flavorful. The best part for me? The surprise of sweetness when you get a bite with a golden raisin.
This couscous summer salad recipe has no heavy salad dressing but still manages to pack lots of flavor. Fresh ingredients like the grape tomatoes and arugula pair perfectly with the saltiness of the mozzarella cheese and sweetness of the peaches. Then the salad is lightly dressed with a little olive oil and white wine vinegar and it is ready to serve in under 20 minutes.
Every once in awhile dinner needs a little lighter feel, especially after a big holiday. Salad as dinner doesn’t happen often in my house but when it does I have to make sure it hearty …