Healthy Corn Salad

Healthy Corn Salad via @alisonlewis

Just in time for Father’s Day, July 4th and summer picnics and get-togethers, this Healthy Corn Salad is a combination of some of my favorite ingredients. I always tell my kids that summer corn tastes just like candy. This makes the perfect summer side dish served with chicken, steaks, pork and seafood. Corn is also very healthy as it’s a rich source of vitamins A, B, E and many minerals. Its high fiber content is good for digestion. The antioxidants present in corn act as a anti-carcinogen agents and can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Enjoy all summer long and if you’re making this in the winter, feel free to use frozen corn. Just thaw it, bring to room temperature and proceed with the instructions above.

Simple Kale Salad with Cider Vinaigrette

My three kids and I love kale so we are always experimenting with new ways to use it in the kitchen. I came up with the idea to add some sweetness, using dried cranberries and crunch with toasted pecans. Then all you need is to prepare a simple cider vinaigrette. This Kale Salad with Cider Vinaigrette is amazing, and it’s a great salad to accompany seafood, chicken or pork. Top it off with crumbled feta, goat cheese or even blue cheese. Oh, by the way, this also would make a great fall holiday recipe.

 

Marinated Shrimp: Summer Recipe

I can’t believe summer is here, but I am so glad. I have been ready for the kids to be out of school, and for all of the cool, fresh summer dishes, such as this Marinated Shrimp recipe. This shrimp dish is perfect for a summer appetizer, layered over some fresh greens or arugula or just served along some quinoa and grilled asparagus. It makes a great party, shower or summer afternoon recipe. It’s so easy, taking only 20 minutes to prepare. I used frozen, fresh shrimp which saved me even more time and money. For more ways to use frozen foods visit Easy Home Meals. This is the kind of recipe I crave this time of year, and my 3 kids love it too! By the way, this recipe was adapted from the May issue of Southern Living. See great storage containers for summer recipes at Shopbot.ca. I hope everyone has a great week ahead and happy summer! ūüôā

Lightened Up Potato Salad: Memorial Day Recipe

My kid’s great grandmother, Dedee, made the best potato salad we have ever had. This recipe for Lightened Up Potato Salad is the closest version to hers which is perfect for summertime, picnics, and Memorial Day weekend. This recipe is slightly lighter than hers, since it uses nonfat greek yogurt, reduced-fat mayonnaise, fresh dill, celery and red onion. I know you will love it as much as we do!

 

Easiest Cucumber Salad

Cucumber and Tomatoes always go together naturally for me, as this was something I always ate growing up in Alabama. Cucumbers are the star of this week’s Summer Fest, an amazing round-up of recipes and ideas held by Food Network. I am so excited to be a part of this year’s collection of great recipes from great bloggers. This recipe for Easiest Cucumber Salad is simple, fresh and light. Even my 3 kids will eat it, so I think that is a true test of greatness. Enjoy summer since it seems to be going by so fast! Check out these other fabulous recipes from some other friends participating in Summer Fest:

The Sensitive Epicure: Chinese Style Cucumbers 
What’s Gaby Cooking:¬†Cucumber, Herb and Pita Salad¬†
Ingredients, Inc.: Easiest Cucumber Salad
Virtually Homemade: Cucumber Strawberry Cooler
From My Corner of Saratoga: Marinated Cucumber Salad
The Cultural Dish: Pasta With Roasted Shrimp and Cucumbers
Daily*Dishin: Southern Benedictine РCreamy Cucumber Spread
Delicious Lean: Cucumber Jicama Salad
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Cucumber and Avocado Open-Face Sandwiches
And Love It, Too: Fermented Spicy Garlic-Dill Cukes and Zukes
FN Dish: No-Cook Cucumber Recipes
Cooking With Elise: Wedge Salad With Cucumber-Ranch Dressing

So Simple, So Summery, So Good: Watermelon-Tomato and Arugula Salad

This Watermelon-Tomato, Arugula Salad is a true taste of summer.¬†This salad was inspired by a similar salad I had at¬†George’s Restaurant in¬†Alys Beach, Florida, one of my favorite places.¬†The fresh combination of peppery arugula topped with sweet watermelon, mild yellow tomatoes and flavorful goat cheese mesh together perfectly. You don’t even need to use olive oil because it’s so healthy and low in fat. I drizzled mine with balsamic vinegar and fresh pepper, and that’s all I needed. Feel free to add grilled shrimp or grilled chicken to make this a main-dish salad as well. This is definitely my new favorite summer salad.

Cool and Fresh: Greek Chicken Salad and Ingredients, Inc. T-Shirt Give-Away

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We have been eating a lot of cold dishes lately since it is beyond hot here in Alabama. I love trying new versions of chicken salad, and this Greek Chicken Salad is so easy and so flavorful. I used rotisserie chicken to make this recipe even easier. Serve on lettuce leaves or in a pita for a really simple main-dish.

T-Shirt Giveaway:

Enter for a chance to win an Ingredients, Inc. T-shirt by leaving a comment below telling me what’s your favorite cold-main dish and/or your favorite grilled cheese sandwich. I will select a random winner on Wednesday August 4th.

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Healthy Protein-Packed Salad: Edamame-Corn Salad

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Edamame have become increasingly popular, and my kids honestly love them. Edamame is an excellent source of low-calorie protein, fiber and even iron.¬†This recipe for Edamame-Corn Salad is so light and wonderful using fresh ingredients such as corn, tomatoes, fresh basil and chives. It’s so easy to prepare, but you might want to double it. It goes really fast!

By the way, the incredible pottery in this photo is my absolute favorite from Earthborn Pottery. If you live in Alabama, it can be purchased at The Cook Store in Mountain Brook.

Layered Low-Fat and Fresh Mediterranean Salad

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My friend, Kelli, recommended a version of this salad recipe to me that she said she served with fresh grilled fish. I decided to make it a main-dish salad so I added cooked grilled chicken and made a few alterations to make it my own (This recipe is adapted from Clean Eating magazine). You can also use a rotisserie chicken or shrimp if you’re short on time, or feel free to add olives, pepperocinis and even lettuce.

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