Tomato Summer Salads
If there’s one veggie (or fruit, if you’re looking to get technical) that’sthe star of summer, the tomato is definitely it. Here are some of my favoritesummer salad recipes that put tomatoes front & center.14. Greek SaladI love how big cubes of feta, juicy tomatoes, olives, herbs, bell peppers, andcucumber tumble together in this stunning summer salad with a homemade Greeksalad dressing. You only need 7 ingredients and a few minutes to put togetherthis juicy/crisp/tangy/savory combo. What are you waiting for?15. Spicy Watermelon Tomato SaladFresh chiles add some heat to the sweet, juicy mix of tomatoes & watermelon inthis recipe.16. Eggplant & Roasted Tomato Farro SaladRoasting cherry tomatoes gives them an intense sweet & savory flavor that’sfantastic alongside eggplant, arugula, and nutty farro.17. Heirloom Tomato FattoushOnce you start bringing home those juicy farmers market heirloom tomatoes,make this salad! It’s my non-traditional take on fattoush, a bread salad madewith toasted pita. This one has a layer of lemony yogurt and is topped withcrispy chickpeas, and lots of fresh herbs. Find it on on page 125 of Love &Lemons Every Day.18. Tomato & Avocado SaladThe secret to this salad is marinating the tomatoes in a splash of olive oil &sherry vinegar. They become rich & tangy – the perfect contrast for freshbasil, avocado, and a little orzo pasta.19. Classic Caprese SaladIf it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Check out this recipe to find my best tipsfor making a classic Caprese summer salad.
Fruity Summer Salads
Of course, your summer salads should feature the wonderful fresh vegetables wehave at this time of year, but it’d be remiss not to take advantage of thefantastic fruits that abound too! Stone fruits, berries, and melon are alldelicious sweet additions to summer salad recipes.30. Tart Cherry TabboulehSkip the tomatoes the next time you’re making tabbouleh, and use dried tartcherries instead! They add great chewy texture and sweet/tart flavor to thisfresh dish.31. Strawberry TabboulehOr…use strawberries! Like tomatoes, they’re juicy & sweet. Anothernontraditional ingredient – feta – adds a great salty contrast to the berriesin this recipe.32. Watermelon Poke BowlsThis poke-inspired summer salad features juicy cubes of watermelon and crunchymacadamia nuts along with conventional poke fixings like cucumber, ginger &avocado. I toss it all in a tangy tamari-lime dressing to make a super fresh,fun summer dish.33. Peach & Plum Caprese SaladSure, we all love tomatoes & basil, but peaches & basil are just as good.34. Strawberry Caprese SaladAnother fruity caprese combo! This time, I use strawberries as well as cherrytomatoes, and I gussy it up with a balsamic reduction, avocado, and toastedpecans for a sweet, nutty crunch.35. Festive Fruit SaladFruit salads are a party essential, and we absolutely love this fresh lemon-ginger one. I like to use a star cookie cutter to cut the melon for festiveflare!36. Watermelon Salad with Feta and MintMake this ultra-refreshing salad on hot summer days! Creamy avocado, tangyfeta, and bright lime wonderfully accent cool, juicy melon and cucumber. Ahandful of fresh herbs is the perfect finishing touch.37. Mediterranean Chickpea SaladChopped Medjool dates and aromatic cumin add a surprising sweet twist to thishearty chickpea salad. Topped with roasted red peppers, grape tomatoes, and abig sprinkle of goat cheese, it’s a good salad to pack for lunch, but it’salso a guaranteed hit at any gathering.If you love these salad recipes, check out my favorite appetizers, souprecipes, dinner recipes, and top vegan recipes next!
Top your street corn chicken tacos with chipotle sauce
The sauce for these tacos is creamy, spicy, and tangy. It has a little kickthat balances out the sweet corn so well. Just whisk all the ingredientstogether in a bowl and top your tacos with it! For the chipotle sauce you’llneed: * sour cream * mayo * lime juice * adobo sauceTIP: Adobo sauce is the liquid stuff that comes in the can when you purchasechipotle peppers. You don’t necessarily need the peppers here, just the sauce.If you prefer spicy food, feel free to chop up a pepper or two and add it tothe sauce. I find the jalapenos in the corn salad and the chipotle powder inthe chicken marinade made this spicy enough for us and opted to use just theadobo sauce.What I love most about these street corn chicken tacos is that it’s all inone. You’ve got your protein, your salad, and your sauce all loaded up on acorn or flour tortilla.Put these street corn chicken tacos on the menu ASAP, you’re going to lovethem!
What is street corn salad or esquites?
Esquites or Mexican street corn salad is a combination of roasted corn tossedtogether within a creamy dressing usually with chili powder and cheese. It’s asalad or dip that you can serve on its own or with tortilla chips, andsometimes it’s tossed with cilantro, lime juice, and scallions. You want tomake sure everything is chopped up small. That way, it easily fits onto yourtortilla and you get a little bit of everything in each bite.
How to marinate chicken for street corn chicken tacos:
First, let’s talk about the kind of chicken you need. You can use boneless,skinless chicken breasts, tenders, or thighs for this recipe. I usually liketo use tenders here because they’re already portioned out and all I need to doit cut them in half once they’re cooked and pop them into warmed tortillas.You’ll need just a handful of simple ingredients for marinating the chicken: * lime juice * oil * chipotle chili powder * garlic powder * ground cumin * saltThe marinade for these chicken tacos is ridiculously easy but the flavors areoutstanding! I like to marinate the chicken in the afternoon if I’m planningon serving this for dinner. The longer the chicken sits in the marinade, themore flavorful it is.TIP: I know that chipotle chili powder isn’t always easily available and ifyou can’t find it in your grocery store, replace it with 1 teaspoon of Mexicanchili powder and 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika. This will give it that samesmokey taste you get when you use chipotle chili powder.
Pasta Salad Recipes
You couldn’t make a list of salad recipes without including this category!Pasta salads are the ultimate summer picnic food or party dish any time ofyear – they’re great to make ahead, they can double as a side and a main dish,and they’re a hearty showcase for the season’s best produce.4. Easy Pasta SaladAs its name suggests, this one is a breeze to make. Just whisk together thezippy lemon dressing at the bottom of a big bowl, add the other ingredients,and toss to create a heavenly tangy/creamy/crunchy/fresh summer combo.5. Rainbow Orzo SaladDiced mango adds a surprising sweet twist to this colorful orzo, red onion,bell pepper, herb, and cucumber salad. 6. Creamy Vegan Pasta SaladMy veggie-packed take on a deli-style pasta salad! I swap spiralized summersquash for half the noodles and a creamy tahini dressing for a mayo-based one.It’s a healthier version of the grocery counter classic, but it’s just asgood.7. Broccoli Pasta SaladSun-dried tomatoes add delicious umami bites to this super green combinationof summer veggies, basil, pasta, and pine nuts.8. Cherry Tomato Couscous SaladA mix of jammy roasted cherry tomatoes and juicy fresh ones makes this guy oneof my favorite summer salads. With spiced roasted chickpeas, tangy feta, andbig pearls of couscous, it’s hearty enough to be a meal on its own.9. Sesame Soba NoodlesNot your average pasta salad! Tossed in a tangy sesame-ginger dressing andpiled with green veggies and avocado, this soba noodle salad is a light,refreshing summer meal.
What you need to make esquites for street corn chicken tacos:
* corn * chopped scallions * cilantro * crumbled cotija cheese * jalapeno pepper * lime juiceTIP: I like to add fire roasted corn to my street corn chicken tacos. Thecharred corn adds a new flavor, one that you can’t get if you were to useplain, frozen or canned corn. Fire roasted corn is usually sold in the freezersection of most grocery stores right next to the regular stuff. Recently, I’veeven spotted it in the canned veggies aisle, so there’s no need to roast cornfor this unless you want to!To make the street corn salad, you just need to toss it all together in abowl. It’s so simple to make that I find myself often making it as a side withgrilled chicken and all sorts of other things.”