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We are beginning monsoon season in Phoenix. That means high temperatures coupled with dust storms and thunderstorms. That also means that our dry heat turns into humid heat. It is a love/hate relationship because we love the rain and thunder, but the heat and humidity are killers. Our air conditioners start running non-stop and while a pool will cool us off, fighting the storms and dust which turns them green over night is a constant battle. And that is why ovens don't come on and we turn to cooler foods to help us fight the heat. Thus, today's Friday Fave question:
What is your favorite summer salad?
I thought that this would be a pretty simple question, but I apparently didn't understand Lindsey's
dislike of salad greens. She only really eats them because she knows that they are good for her. She doesn't like lettuce, arugula makes her sick. She will use spinach, but doesn't really like it in a salad, and she can't stand cabbage! Happily, there are salads that do not require leafy lettuce in them! Lindsey loves a good chicken salad! She actually posted a recipe for a great one on Renny's Recipes one week! Although she wrapped it in romaine, the goodness of the Almond Butter Chicken Salad over powered the lettuce! Click the link and check it out if you have forgotten it. I do love a good chicken salad with grapes in it!
Conversely, Alicia loves salad so much that she could hardly decide what to choose! She and Lindsey both went for the Strawberry Spinach Salad at first. Doesn't this one from foodiecrush look good? But then they both went a different way. Alicia chose the Watermelon Spinach Salad that we posted here, originally from Spoonful of Flavor. I have some watermelon on hand right now! I need to make this again. The dressing alone is just so delicious!
Maddy went a different direction by saying that she loves a good pasta salad. Her favorite ingredients are the colorful twisty pasta, black pepper, finely chopped sweet peppers and a little bacon. I love a good Italian pasta salad with some pepperoni in it. This Italian Pasta Salad on I Wash You Dry looks so good. They even have a video to show you how to do it.
I love a really flavorful salad. Like LIndsey, the lettuce isn't my favorite part. I like all of the other parts of a green salad the best! I do love a good taco salad! We posted a vegan version here. But, I am going to go back to the Apple Blueberry Spinach Salad that I came up with back in September. The candied pecans and the Blueberry Maple Dressing are just so unique and delicious. If you had forgotten about it, be sure to check it out again! There is another bonus salad on that post as well.
While we are talking salad, don't forget to get a little style going with your salad service! Remember when we got these wooden salad tongs from our affiliate, Dollar Tree, and decorated them on this post? Making a pretty summer version could be lots of fun!
So, beat the heat and have some salads this summer! What is your favorite salad?
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Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!