Summer Salad

Summer Salad

One of the best parts of summer, at least from a culinary standpoint, is the abundance of sweet summer fruits. My children and I love to visit our favorite blueberry farm and pick a gallon or two. Our famous Chilton County peaches are at the height of sweetness. Our light and healthy Summer Salad incorporates both of these delicious summer delicacies.

I used my Homemade Ranch Dressing recipe for the dressing, as I believe that freshly made dressing tastes SO much better than bottled. But if you don’t have time, by all means use your favorite bottled dressing.

The first step in making our Summer Salad is to grill the peaches. I cut mine in half from top to bottom and removed the stone. Then I cut them fro top to bottom again so that they are quartered. Then I grilled them for about 10 minutes on each side. They should have a nice caramelized exterior, without getting too mushy. If your peaches are really ripe, you might not have to grill them for the full ten minutes on each side.

The next step in making a Summer Salad is to toast the walnuts. I line a cookie sheet with foil to make clean-up easier. Then I spray the walnuts with cooking spray and salt them. Toast in a 375 degree oven for about 6 minutes. Watch them closely, as nuts burn quickly in the oven.

With the peaches and walnuts done, you are ready to start assembling your Summer Salad. First mix together the greens and dressing, tossing to coat. Place your salad greens onto plates. Top with peaches, blueberries, coconut, and walnuts. Serve and enjoy.

How do you do summer salad in your house? Do you take advantage of in-season, juicy fruits?

Summer Salad
This delicious salad uses fresh summer fruits.
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Ingredients
  1. One bag of salad greens (I used romaine)
  2. 2 peaches, quartered and grilled
  3. 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  4. 1/4 cup walnuts, toasted
  5. 1/4 cup coconut
  6. 3 tablespoons Ranch dressing
Instructions
  1. Cut peaches in half and remove the stone. Cut again so that they are quartered. Grill peach quarters for about 10 minutes on each side.
  2. Toast walnuts on a cookie sheet in the oven for about 6 minutes on 375 degrees.
  3. Toss salad greens with dressing to coat. Place greens onto plate. Top with peaches, blueberries, toasted walnuts, and coconut.
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Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes. They were once a little like Rodney Dangerfield. In a world of gourmet burgers fancy-pants grilled cheeses, the blue-collar Sloppy Joe didn’t get any respect. Once hailed as lunchroom fare, the Sloppy Joe has made major strides in the last few years to find its place at the American dinner table. Thanks in large part to some fabulous cooks who took the meat and Manwich combo to a new HOMEMADE level, Sloppy Joes are now a favorite comfort food in many families, including my own.

To make Sloppy Joes, first start with about two pounds of ground beef. Brown it, and then drain it to remove all the fat. In the same pan, sautee a diced onion and a diced bell pepper for about three minutes. Add the beef back to the pan and mix together well with the onions and peppers.

Sloppy Joes

To the meat and veggie mixture you’ll add:

1 1/2 cups ketchup
1/4 cup water
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons brown sugar (This adds the traditional sweetness that balances out the tang of the ketchup. However, if you don’t want a sweeter sandwich, leave out the brown sugar. We leave it out.)

Sloppy Joes

Mix it all together rand let it simmer for about 15 minutes. Do yourself a favor and buy a good quality hamburger bun from the bakery at your grocery. They just taste better and make a better sandwich.

Sloppy Joes

Y’all dinner doesn’t have to be fancy. Formal or casual, just get your family around the dinner table so you can connect and share in each others joys and struggles. And invite a friend into the mix. It might mean more to them than you can imagine!

Sloppy Joes
This is NOT your typical lunchroom Sloppy Joe!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 pounds ground beef
  2. 1 onion, diced
  3. 1 green bell pepper, diced
  4. 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  5. 1/4 cup water
  6. 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  7. 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  8. 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  9. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  10. 2 tablespoons brown sugar (This adds the traditional sweetness that balances out the tang of the ketchup. However, if you don't want a sweeter sandwich, leave out the brown sugar. We leave it out.)
Instructions
  1. To make Sloppy Joes, first start with about two pounds of ground beef. Brown it, and then drain it to remove all the fat. In the same pan, sautee a diced onion and a diced bell pepper for about three minutes. Add the beef back to the pan and mix together well with the onions and peppers.
  2. To the meat and veggie mixture you'll add the rest of the ingredients. Mix well. Let it simmer for about 15 minutes. Serve on good quality hamburger buns.
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