Just in time for the 4th of July! A list of my very best salad recipes...
The wonderful thing about salads... they go with just about everything and they're well loved by all. From the classic potato and macaroni salads to the healthy fruit salads... and everything in between.. there is a salad for everyone for sure..
Try one... try them all... all season long...
Fruit Salad - Sweet, refreshing and healthy... Fruit Salad is perfect for almost every menu
Egg Potato Salad - Always fit for a party.. this classic is sure to please
Classic Potato Salad
More terrific Potato Salads...
New York Deli Style Potato Salad
Potato Salad with Sweet Pickle Relish
German Potato Salad
Classic Macaroni Salad - Macaroni salad can be made a million ways... let's just say I never met a Macaroni Salad I didn't like
Coleslaw - Another classic salad... wonderful with BBQ meats, fried chicken and sandwiches alike
New York Deli Style Cucumber Salad - Quick, easy and delicious!
Another great Cucumber Salad you'll want to try...
Hungarian Cucumber Salad - crisp cucumber slices and sweet onions in a creamy sour cream sauce seasoned with Hungarian paprika..so good!
Italian Salads always are welcome at BBQs and parties...
Insalata Caprese - Sliced tomatoes, thin sliced mozzarella cheese ... a little basil... with or without a light drizzle of olive oil .. so refreshing and beautiful.. quick and easy ... a compliment to whatever else your serving.. can't ask for more from a salad
Antipasto Salad - This salad can be a meal in itself... chock full of flavorful ingredients.. a great addition to any menu
Salami and Provolone Pasta Salad - This quick and easy recipe combines Pasta, Genoa Salami and Provolone... add some cherry tomatoes and black olives .. toss with your favorite Italian dressing and you have one delicious salad. You can even use a non-fat dressing to cut the fat and calories.
More Pasta Salads...
Creamy Italian Pasta Salad
Simple Pasta Salad
Italian Rice Salad - a little spin on a pasta salad... for a change...use rice instead
Tomato and Mozzarella Salad - You don't always need pasta, potatoes or rice for a really good salad... and this is one of those.. just a wonderful blend of flavors
Even more salads...
Pea Salad - A salad that's just a little different but delicious just the same
Three Bean Salad
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Great food and beverages just go together with great friends and a good time... so here are three great beverage recipes for you to make...
Sweet Tea - once upon a time you only found Sweet Tea in the South.. not so anymore... seems everyone is drinking Sweet Tea these days.. and with good reason... it's delicious!
Lemonade - I grew up drinking lemonade on hot summer days.. for me.. just the smell of lemons brings back memories of those lazy days of summer.
Sangria Punch - this was a recipe from my sorority.. what was a Kappa party without our punch recipe?.. my Mother wanted it for one of their parties.. my Father scoffed at the thought.. his friends wouldn't drink that... but drink it they did... in high ball glasses... making repeated trips for refills... so much for them not drinking it.
Make a special breakfast for Father's Day... start the day right.... and leave the BBQ for him later... What better way to say I Love Dad than with a hearty manly man breakfast.
Have special plans for Father's Day? No need to skip breakfast... Here are some terrific ideas for a great breakfast on-the-go..
Breakfast Burrito Prepare the filling ahead and just reheat it in the microwave in the morning! Quick, easy and delicious!
Breakfast Sandwiches - These are easy and another partially "make ahead" recipe.. It's a snap with my easy to follow instructions.
Here are some ideas for a special breakfast he'll love...
Hash Brown Potato Nests & Eggs
Eggs Hendricks - our own invention... a hearty breakfast to start the day with!
Loco Moco - hearty Hawaiian concoction that really is good!
And here are even more ideas....
Warren’s Sausage Egg Potato Scramble
Corned Beef Hash and Eggs
How about something other than eggs?...
Make it Southern....
Southern Sweet Potato Pancakes
Grits and Sausage Casserole
Biscuits and Sausage Gravy
Hash Brown Potatoes
A Couple of "How To" links to help you...
How to Make Bacon in the Oven - don't slave over a hot stove... make bacon in the oven... line your pan with foil and clean up is a snap!
How to Poach Eggs in the Oven - does he love poached eggs? So many special breakfasts with poached eggs... make them in the oven too! Everyone can have them... and no one will have to wait for the next round of eggs to come out of a poacher or boiling water...
WHEW! That's a lot to choose from! I hope I helped you think of things to make for that special Dad!
Big bowls of green salad just seem to go with grilled meats... a perfect side dish for suppers and Backyard BBQs... easy to prepare ... they can be made in advance... so there's no need to be stuck in the kitchen while everyone else is enjoying the glorious summer weather.
While we like some bottled dressing.. nothing compares to homemade dressings... they too, can be prepared in advance and they're easy to make... so at your next BBQ... why not give your guests a variety to choose from...
I hope you try them all!
Raspberry Champagne Vinaigrette - a light dressing with a hint of fruit and champagne
Spicy Brown Mustard Vinaigrette - this bold vinaigrette is perfect when serving steaks.. in fact I use it for my Steak and Herb Roasted Potato Salad
Warm Bacon and Shallot Dressing - this is a dressing I usually serve with spinach salad.. but it is absolutely wonderful on any salad.. it is very similar to the one Ruby Tuesday's had on their salad bar years ago
Dijon Vinaigrette - Dijon mustard is wonderful in salad dressings... a very popular dressing
Creamy Italian Dressing - loaded with flavor... Italian seasonings.. and of course garlic and onion..
Russian Dressing - horseradish gives this dressing just a hint of bite...
Buttermilk Ranch Dressing - an ever popular classic dressing
Spicy Ranch Dressing - a little twist from the Buttermilk Ranch Dressing.. this one has a little zip to it.
Creamy Honey Dressing - this sweet and creamy dressing is made with fat free yogurt.. a healthy and delicious alternative to other creamy dressings.
Slaving in the kitchen in the hot days of summer is something no one likes to do.. but as parties a place to showcase great foods and beverages... slave most of us will... well I'm here to give you some ideas for desserts from the simply to the not so simple.. these will not only please but some will even look like you spent hours in the kitchen...
Let's start with the simple...
Fruit Salad - I always like to include Fruit salad on my summer desserts list.. it's not only easy.. but a great healthy alternative for guests not wanting to partake in sweets. Serve this with a Yogurt Sauce... it's delicious!
Tarts make such a fabulous presentation and are surprisingly easy to make...
Amaretto Peach Tart
Very Berry Tart - this looks like you slaved hours... but it really is not too bad on time and is easy.. my step by step instructions and tips to getting the fruit to look just right makes this recipe a snap.
TRIFLES - are always a great dessert...individual or one big one... they always seem to please... here are a few..
Tropical Trifle - this quick and easy recipe combines coconut and fruit flavors like pineapple and strawberry... make this as individual desserts or one big beautiful trifle..
Banana Strawberry Trifle
Red White and Blue Amaretto Mascarpone Trifle
Triple Chocolate Trifle
No-Bake Pies are quick and easy.. and always a crowd pleaser! Here are a few favorites...
Pina Colada Pie
No-Bake Chocolate Cream Cheese Pie
Bananas Foster No-Bake Cream Cheese Pie
Chocolate Hazelnut No-Bake Cream Cheese Pie
White Chocolate Amaretto No-Bake Cream Cheese Pie
No-Bake Banana Split Pie
Pound Cake Desserts - Store bought or made ahead pound cake makes a terrific base for many desserts... here are just two suggestions... you can adapt these in countless ways to make quick and easy desserts...
Patriotic Star Pound Cake Dessert
Grilled Pound Cake with Strawberry Cream
Mini Desserts are also easy and give your guests a chance to have a little sweet without over-eating.. and if you make a variety.. they can have fun taste testing!
Mini Banana Cream Pie Desserts
Cheesecake Dessert Shooters
Boston Cream Dessert Shooters
White Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Filling and White Chocolate Coconut Frosting
Sweet Potato Pancakes with Pecan Butter