Summertime Salads


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In conclusion to my Favorite Foods post I wrote yesterday; these are my favorite salads and dressings. I have so many dressings that are staples in our home; I decided they had earned their own post this year. Enjoy!
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My kids reach for this at least once, if not twice, a day to eat with their fresh veggies. This is easily the most popular dressing I make. We have friends that insist I bring it along every time we get together for a meal.
I just discovered this recipe a
couple months ago and I have already made it several times. This dressing is so versatile, I’ve used it on salads, roasted vegetables, and drizzled it over chicken in a wrap. Just a touch of sweetness with the tang of the balsamic, there are
very few recipes on my blog that I dare to label “the Best.” This one is
worthy of it.
A plate of food, with Salad and Fruit 
This is better than any store bought poppy seed dressing I’ve tasted. I made this dressing numerous times last fall when peaches were in abundance. The Stone Fruit Salad in this photo was my lunch for days at a time.
A plate of food on a table
Sweet grapes, salty cheese, candied walnuts and baby spinach combined with a tangy sweet dressing to make this a huge hit each time I made it last year.
A plate of food on a table
Hot salty bacon and hard boiled eggs still warm from the pot, topped this basic garden salad of romaine, cucumbers, carrots and tomatoes. This is my favorite salad to make on the weekend.
A plate of food on a table, with Salad and Vinaigrette
I originally made this for our Thanksgiving meal, to go along with the Carver’s Salad pictured above. I enjoyed the dressing so much I’ve made it numerous times since then.
A plate of food with broccoli, with Salad and Recipes
Best. Salad. Ever. With crisp lightly roasted broccoli and
savory bacon pieces, sweet oranges and tangy onion tossed in the
slightly sweet dressing, this salad will be on my favorites list for a
long time. I have made this salad countless times. It is almost indescribably delicious.
A plate of food
This is a very simple chicken salad, minimal ingredients and truly
delicious. I make this almost every time I have leftover chicken. I love the chicken and sweet grapes with the tangy dressing.
A bowl of food 
Roasted baby potatoes that are crisp on the outside and fluffy on the
inside combine with hard-boiled eggs, olives and a light pickle flavor
to create a classic potato salad with a twist.

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Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Velva says

    Great guest post over at Sue's…

    I am so glad that you make your own dressing. It's so easy, and the taste cannot be compared to that bottled stuff. I have friends that I have been trying to persuade for years to make their own dressings.


  2. Beth says

    Everything looks so great! From the poppyseed dressing to the mandarin salad to the cashew chicken salad, it's a fabulous collection of food!

  3. MyFudo™ says

    Wow! This is a haven for the salad eaters. I for one, feel my meal isn't complete with salad. I always have ranch dressing ready, I love to try new stuff too. I am definitely bookmarking this post.