Thursday, May 17, 2012

Summertime Salads

In conclusion to my Favorite Foods post I wrote yesterday; these are my favorite salads and dressings. I have so many dressings that are staples in our home; I decided they had earned their own post this year. Enjoy!

My kids reach for this at least once, if not twice, a day to eat with their fresh veggies. This is easily the most popular dressing I make. We have friends that insist I bring it along every time we get together for a meal.

I just discovered this recipe a couple months ago and I have already made it several times. This dressing is so versatile, I've used it on salads, roasted vegetables, and drizzled it over chicken in a wrap. Just a touch of sweetness with the tang of the balsamic, there are very few recipes on my blog that I dare to label "the Best." This one is worthy of it.


This is better than any store bought poppy seed dressing I've tasted. I made this dressing numerous times last fall when peaches were in abundance. The Stone Fruit Salad in this photo was my lunch for days at a time.

Sweet grapes, salty cheese, candied walnuts and baby spinach combined with a tangy sweet dressing to make this a huge hit each time I made it last year.

Hot salty bacon and hard boiled eggs still warm from the pot, topped this basic garden salad of romaine, cucumbers, carrots and tomatoes. This is my favorite salad to make on the weekend.

I originally made this for our Thanksgiving meal, to go along with the Carver's Salad pictured above. I enjoyed the dressing so much I've made it numerous times since then.


Best. Salad. Ever. With crisp lightly roasted broccoli and savory bacon pieces, sweet oranges and tangy onion tossed in the slightly sweet dressing, this salad will be on my favorites list for a long time. I have made this salad countless times. It is almost indescribably delicious.

This is a very simple chicken salad, minimal ingredients and truly delicious. I make this almost every time I have leftover chicken. I love the chicken and sweet grapes with the tangy dressing.


Roasted baby potatoes that are crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside combine with hard-boiled eggs, olives and a light pickle flavor to create a classic potato salad with a twist.


  1. I LOVE THIS POST! Salads are my all time favorites. Bravo.

  2. Oooohhh.. I'd like to have one of each, please!

  3. I make the balsamic dressing all the time! Love it. I need a total smoothie post too :) You probably have too many to put up in one day!

  4. Just when I'd gotten sick of salads... THANK YOU!! :)

  5. I eat many salads during the week! This salad gallery you posted is simply perfect and gave me many ideas!

  6. These are all amazing! I have sampled one or two of these, delish!

  7. What a great line up - you really got me with that roasted potato salad!!
    Mary x

  8. Great guest post over at Sue's...

    I am so glad that you make your own dressing. It's so easy, and the taste cannot be compared to that bottled stuff. I have friends that I have been trying to persuade for years to make their own dressings.


  9. Everything looks so great! From the poppyseed dressing to the mandarin salad to the cashew chicken salad, it's a fabulous collection of food!

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    1. Here is a link to my favorite one so far. Tangy, slightly spicy and just a little bit sweet.

  11. These some really great looking salads.

  12. That mandarin broccoli salad is what I'll be bringing to many barbecues this summer...delicious!! Lovely round up again, Mary.

  13. you have a wonderful collection of salads!

  14. Wow! This is a haven for the salad eaters. I for one, feel my meal isn't complete with salad. I always have ranch dressing ready, I love to try new stuff too. I am definitely bookmarking this post.

  15. My keypad can't keep up with me...Gee! Ooopsie...I for one, feel my meal isn't complete WITHOUT salad. ;)

  16. I love your ranch dressing, I've made it a few times.