On the 4th of July, I was responsible for sides and dessert. The sides I chose to make were this salad and Parmesan potatoes. Both were first time recipes for me, both turned out really well.
The veggie salad was my favorite, though. I reminded me of my favorite broccoli salad from Sweet Tomatoes.
I can't get enough.
This photo doesn't do the salad justice. iPhone pictures rarely do anything justice. But you get the idea.
This, very well, might turn into my new "go-to" BBQ side.
Here's the recipe (from Taste of Home):
2 cups broccoli florets
2 cups cauliflowerets
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
(I forgot to include this, but I'm not a fan of green pepper, so that worked out just fine)
1/2 cup chopped onion (I used a red onion)
1/4 cup grated carrot
1 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing (I used Kraft's mayo made with olive oil)
1/4 cup sugar
3 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
2 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
(I also added about 1/4 cup raisins)
Toss vegetables in a large salad bowl. In a small bowl, combine mayo, sugar, and Parmesan; pour over veggies and toss to coat. Cover and chill. Sprinkle with bacon just before serving.
Every time I try a new recipe, I think about what could be added or changed, if anything. This salad is delicious as it is, but I think the next time I'll add chopped walnuts, diced green apple, and sunflower seeds.
Do you have any "go-to" summer time recipes?
Hope you're staying cool! Temperatures are consistently 100+ degrees in our neck of the woods.
Is it too early to say that I'm ready for Fall?