One reason I love making the Midwest my home is for its changing seasons. About the time you feel like you can’t take the weather any longer, the next season arrives!
I started counting down to spring after my kids’ second consecutive snow day in late January. When I felt like the walls of our house were closing in around me, I sat down and wrote “7 Ideas to Fight Cabin Fever.” I had fun reminiscing about their childhoods. I also discovered the long winter nights are more bearable when I plan meals and look forward to sitting down for #SundaySupper with my family.
Soon our menus will change from meals like Swedish Meatballs and the Best Dang Mashed Potatoes to lighter fare. Do you find yourself eating lighter as the temperatures rise? I found my mood getting lighter as I searched online for salad recipes posted by some of my favorite bloggers.
Here’s a list of 7 Salads that can either be eaten alone or as part of a bigger meal:
Easy Salad in a Jar by Donna Hup – I love this recipe for so many reason! Mason Jars are trendy, no doubt. I also appreciate being able to reuse the jars, and who isn’t looking for a way to spice up week days lunches whether you work at home or in an office?
Sweet & Salty Quinoa Salad by Jeni Eats – I MUST make this because there’s a package of quinoa in my pantry. I honestly don’t remember why I bought it. (If I blog about it, hopefully I’ll remember this time!)
Healthy Egg Salad from Modern Rural Living – This recipe brings back precious memories of Amy Hild, as well as of my childhood. My mom always packed egg sandwiches when our family went fishing on Sundays, and there aren’t many things I enjoy relaxing with a fish pole in hand.
Overnight Salad from Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids – Val has become known for this recipe because it’s perfect when feeding large group or to take to potlucks.
Tomato, Olive and Mozzarella Salad from It’s Just Life, finding the extraordinary in the ordinary – This recipe might win the award for being the easiest! Plus, I just love its contrasting colors.
P.S. I can’t wait for fresh lettuce either from my garden or the Farmer’s Market, so I can make the Top Secret Salad Dressing recipe found on Cristen Clark’s Food and Swine blog. Her Easy Caprese Salad sounds like the perfect side dish during the grilling season. Grilling season… who am I kidding? I’m not waiting for Memorial Day. We’re Iowans and we can bring the picnic inside. It’s time to light the grill!