Summer Salads for Memorial Day

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Chicken Melon Salad. Linda Larsen

Main Dish Salads are on the menu often at my house. They're perfect for entertaining too. Make one, two, or all of these salads to serve with Lemonade, delicious breadsticks, and the fabulous Strawberry Shortcake. This is the perfect menu to serve when it's hot outside, as it often is on Memorial Day.

Put the salads out on a buffet and let everyone serve themselves. Make sure you keep an eye on the salads - don't leave them out at room temperature for more than two hours; one hour if it's hot.

You can put each salad bowl into a larger bowl or tray of ice if you'd like. Then relax and dig in.

Make sure that you fly your flag and remember what Memorial Day is all about - honoring our veterans. 

Summer Salads for Memorial Day

  • Best Lemonade
    Lemonade is always welcome at any meal during the hot summer months. This one is especially good because it's made with syrup.
  • Chicken Pesto Tortellini Salad
    This is my newest salad recipe and I love it. Tortellini along with tender chicken is mixed with a pesto buttermilk dressing and lots of fresh veggies.
  • Chicken Melon Salad
    This super simple five ingredient salad is wonderful. There's something about the combination of sweet and juicy cantaloupe with pasta, chicken, and a sweet dressing that's magic.
  • Chicken Orzo Salad
    This easy and fresh tasting salad can be made with any fresh vegetables that look good to you. The mustardy dressing is the perfect complement to the tender chicken and pasta.
  • Seven Layer Salad
    Remember when layered salads were really popular? Well, it's time to bring them back. This one is perfect, with lots of cheese, baby spinach, and bacon.
  • Tortellini and Fresh Corn Salad
    This beautiful salad is another favorite. You can make it with frozen corn that you just thaw if you can't find fresh corn on the cob.
  • Chicken Pesto Spinach Salad
    I think this was the first pasta salad I ever made, and it's still a favorite. The spinach helps stretch the expensive pesto and keeps it nice and green.
  • Soft Garlicky Breadsticks
    If you like soft and chewy breadsticks, this is the recipe for you! They are flavorful and delicious and just plain perfect.
  • Lemon Angel Food Dessert
    This cool, creamy, and lemony make-ahead dessert is the perfect way to end this wonderful dinner. Just pull it out of the fridge and serve!