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Delicious Salads for Your Summer Cookouts

Happy Memorial Day, friends!!I hope you all had as good a holiday as we had.  We are so grateful to those who give so much so that we can enjoy the freedom that we too often take for granted.

We spent the day at a pool party/pot-luck/barbeque with all of our best friends.  The weather was unseasonably temperate today so it was PERFECT to sit in the shade and chat while watching the kids swim.  I whipped up a couple salads as our family's contribution to the meal -- one an old family favorite and one a new addition to our summer routine.  I thought I'd share them with you here, even though it's too late to use them today.  This was just the first of many summer barbeque celebrations to come.

This one is a recipe that I used to make all the time when my kids were younger.  Somehow it fell out of our regular rotation, but I'm bringin' it back.  If I had to eat one salad for the rest of my life, I think this one would be it.  It's super easy to make and de-licious.

Seven Layer Salad

Fill the bottom of a 9x13 pan with chopped lettuce. I like a combination of iceberg and romaine.  Then layer on top:

  • 1/2 C. chopped celery
  • 1/2 C. red peppers
  • 1/2 C. red onion {can use green onions for a milder flavor}
  • 1/2 C. frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 pint of mayonnaise -- spread it like you're frosting a cake and then sprinkle with a little sugar.  You may be able to get away with less.  Use what looks good to you. This sounds like it may be yucky, but trust me!! It makes the perfect yummy dressing for the salad.
  • shredded cheddar cheese {eyeball it}
  • sliced hard boiled eggs {about 6} and crumbled bacon {we like turkey bacon}
Once you've assembled the salad, cover it and let sit in the refrigerator for at least an hour.  The longer it sits, the more the dressing absorbs all the flavors and the better it tastes.  Obviously you can alter the recipe, leaving out ingredients you don't like and/or substituting with things you do. It's just a different, yummy take on a traditional green salad.

The other salad I made today was a Hawaiian Macaroni salad from Foodie Family that I found on Pinterest a little while ago.  It was absolutely delicious, though a little peppery for my taste.  Follow the directions exactly, even though they're a little different than a regular pasta salad.  You won't regret it.  They say it tastes just like the macaroni salad you'd find at a Hawaiian restaurant.  I don't know if that's true, but I really liked it.

I'm looking forward to a fun-filled summer of my favorite cookout foods.  If you have a favorite salad recipe, I'd love to hear about it!

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