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5 Summer Meal Recipes

Just the thought of turning on the oven when it’s hot outside can make you sweat! So chill out at mealtime with food that starts cool and stays that way. These 5 summer meals are delicious to eat and easy to make – and by keeping the ingredients simple, your kids will more likely eat them too!

Grilled Cheese Salad: 

  1. Make 2 Grilled cheese sandwiches
  2. Let the sandwiches cool and cut them into bite-sized squares.
  3. Mix them with half a bag of mixed greens.
  4. Add 2 chopped Granny Smith apples and/or fresh figs when they are in season.

 Dressing: Bottled vinaigrette made with apple cider or sherry vinegar.

Grapes and Greens:

  1. Start with one bag of spring greens
  2. Add a cup of halved green grapes and halved grape tomatoes
  3. Top with chunks of Brie (or, use a more basic cheese for your kids)
  4. Mix in ½ a cup of your choice of walnut halves or pecans

Dressing: Bottled honey mustard

Chopped Mediterranean Salad:

  1. Start with one whole-wheat pita cut into small squares.
  2. Add a bag of chopped romaine lettuce
  3. Mix in a small can of chickpeas (rinsed and drained)
  4. 6 oz. peeled and diced cucumber
  5. 6 oz. halved grape tomatoes
  6. Top with sliced scallion and 4 oz. crumbled feta cheese

Dressing: 3 tablespoons lemon juice, 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, and salt and pepper.

Cold Sesame Noodle Salad:

  1. Make 1 box of whole-wheat spaghetti prepared Al dente
  2. Toss with grated carrots, sliced red pepper and chopped scallions.

Dressing: Bottled peanut sauce and chopped peanuts for garnish.

Bread Salad:

  1. Slice one loaf of day-old (or more) Italian or French bread into large cubes
  2. Add 4 small tomatoes chopped into large chunks, 4 oz. cubed cucumber and 1 oz. diced red onion.
  3. Top with small balls of fresh mozzarella (you can buy these in your grocery store's deli, or at a specialty food store).

Dressing: Bottled dressing of olive oil and red wine vinegar.


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Adapted from recipes that appeared in The St. Pete Times


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