10 summer salads perfect for cookouts


summer salads for cookouts

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The spotlight usually shines on hamburgers, hot dogs and whatever else is on the grill during Memorial Day cookouts — or any cookout for that matter. This weekend, make the salad the star of the show for once. These 10 refreshing recipes prove that salad doesn’t have to be boring and bland.


watermelon salads

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Watermelon, mint & basil salad with feta

You can’t have a barbecue without watermelon. In this recipe from This Mama Cooks, summer’s favorite fruit is tossed with basil, fresh mint, lime juice, crumbled feta and rice vinegar for a flavor-packed salad that will help you beat the heat.


Cauliflower “couscous” Greek salad

cauliflower salad

Photo: TheVintageMixer.com

Once again proving it’s one of the most versatile vegetables in existence, cauliflower subs for couscous in this delicious recipe from The Vintage Mixer. Every bite is refreshing thanks to the myriad of fresh ingredients: cucumber, red bell pepper, romaine, olives, onion, pine nuts and feta.


vegetable salad

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Potato & green bean salad

Add some color and crunch to your potato salad with green beans! This recipe from All You combines red potatoes, green beans, mayo (use low-fat), white-wine vinegar, scallions, tarragon and parsley for a fresh take on a cookout staple.