Summer Picnic Salads



Are you planning on going on any picnics this summer?  We are doing a "staycation" this year and are planning lots of little day trips. On my list of things to do is to have a picnic at one of the local parks or at the beach. We live on the coast of Virginia so we have access to lots of beaches in the area and lots of historical places. There really is beauty all around us that we tend to take for granite. We are hoping this summer changes all of that.  These salads are all winners in my book and will be perfect to munch on while we explore. 

(To view the recipe, just click the recipe titles below)

Picnic in a Jar - Mom Advice

Couscous Salad - About a Mom

Watermelon Cucumber Salad - Sparkle Living Blog

Pineapple Pecan Salad - The Kitchen is my Playground

Curry Chicken Salad - Hip Homeschool Moms

Chopped Brussel Sprouts Salad - The Produce Gathering

Chicken Poppy Seed Fruit Salad - I should be mopping the floor

Summer Berry Salad with Fresh Raspberry Vinaigrette - Funny Money Mom

Italian Chopped Salad - The Country Cook

Summer Tortellini Salad - House of Fifty

BBQ Chicken Salad - Damn Delicious

Honey Mustard Chicken Chopped Salad - Cremb de la Crumb

Perfect Picnic Potato Salad - Thirty Something Supermom

Caesar Pasta Chicken Salad - Food Done Light

Garbanzo Bean Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette - The Country Cook


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No Bake Triple Lemon Pudding Pie at Weekend Potluck #278



Happy Friday!  School finally let out so today is officially the first day of summer for our daughter. So to say she is excited is an understatement. I am just looking forward to no schedules and not getting up way too early. We have some wonderful features this week. I am a sucker for anything lemon and apparently I am not the only one because No Bake Triple Lemon Pudding Pie was the most clicked recipe. Yum yum!!  The other features include Katie's Cornbread Casserole, Salted Peanut Chews, and Cheeseburger and Fries Casserole from our very own Brandie of The Country Cook.  Lots of deliciousness in one place! 


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Katie’s Cornbread Casserole by A Reinvented Mom


Salted Peanut Chews by Eat Cake For Dinner

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Southern Hot Dog Chili Sauce at Weekend Potluck #277





Happy Friday!  Boy do we have some great features this week! Julia's Southern Hot Dog Chili Sauce from Julia's Simply Southern grabbed that top spot as the most clicked. I have been craving some chili dogs, I think this is a sign! Other features this week include Summer Squash Cake, Spaghetti Pie, and Summertime Strawberry Pie. So come on y'all, let's eat! 


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Julia’s Southern Hot Dog Chili Sauce by Julia’s Simply Southern

Recipes that caught our attention ~


Spaghetti Pie by Gentle Joy Homemaker



Summer Squash Cake by Nancy C

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Summertime Strawberry Pie by Mommy’s Kitchen

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The Country Cook~ Brandie

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Marinated Cucumber and Tomato Salad




We have a small garden every year with a few vegetables and an herb garden that I tend to cook with a lot throughout the year. 


I just love being able to walk out to the garden to grab what we need to make a delicious meal. Some years we have a great crop and other years it can be a flop. We have a slopped yard so all our planting is done in raised beds. 



What we can’t plant, we purchase at our favorite road side stands from local farmers.  On a recent trip to one of our favorite road side stands, I picked up an assortment of vegetables for the week.  My eyes immediately are drawn to all the colors of the vegetables. There were several pints of cherry tomatoes, red and yellow in color. So of course, a pint of each of those came home with me. Instead of just popping them in my mouth to snack on, I decided to whip up this salad to eat on for a couple of days.  During the summer I could seriously turn vegetarian because I just can't get enough veggies. Am I the only one? 

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Marinated Cucumber and Tomato Salad

2 pints of cherry tomatoes (1 1/2 pounds tomatoes, diced)
1 large cucumber, chopped
5 large basil leaves, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon onion powder (optional)



Combine tomatoes and cucumbers in a large bowl. Combine the remaining ingredients in a separate bowl, whisk until combined. Pour mixture over the tomatoes and cucumbers and stir until coated. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. 



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