Holy shit you guys the weather.
I have no idea what it’s like where you are, but let me break the SC weather down for you right quick.
Last week: kind of muggy, bad allergies all around, a few summer storms that we get a lot all summer. Afternoon thunderboomers, Jay calls them.
This weekend: zero humidity, zero rain, sunshine mixed with puffy clouds, chilly at night enough to cool the house down and not use AC at all for 4 days, and temps during the day that were sunny and warm but not hot in the slightest.
Now: Back to the crazy humidity, threat of nonstop storms, it’s just killing me. It’s totes summer, and now that we’ve had our kick off to summer weekend I fear the heat might be hear to stay. On days like these I get all kinds of anti-hot food, mainly because we are super duper cheap and turn the AC wayyyyy up during the day so I come home tired and the house is muggy and the thought of cooking is just REALLY not happening, ya dig? Really.
So, when that happens, we do salads. Big salads. Entree salads! Like these:
Because it’s still, you know, a MEAL, we aren’t all about little side salads, not one bit. Salads usually have bread on the side, toasted with butter, which I know goes against the hot food thing but somehow is totally different. IT IS. In addition to buttery bread, we do greens, lots of veggies, some kind of cheese, and generally a protein. Cheese is usually a must for me.
No matter what kind of salad you’re into, this Green Goddess dressing is my absolute favorite, especially for this time of year when herbs are everywhere and for once doing pretty well in my yard! This can also go well with anything you have around that you’d like to use in a salad, so if you have the dressing on hand you can guild to your little heart’s desire.
If you’re looking for something a little lighter, this salmon salad is ridiculous, and doesn’t involve mayo, which is a plus for some people. Not me, but you know.
I know a wedge salad is a side-ish kind of thing, but I love chopping one of these up and throwing some grilled sliced chicken on top. EASY. And the flavors! You can’t go wrong with the combination.
In another healthy-ish imitation of a restaurant favorite, grilled buffalo chicken for the win! I don’t know why this picture won’t get bigger.
If you need totes vegetarian, this Power Cobb is a great option, and you could use any other hyper-healthy ingredients you have on hand or add a meat or fish if you don’t care about the meat-free aspect!
Options upon options upon options….that’s what I love about saying “salads for dinner.” They can be different every time, kind of as healthy or as not healthy as you’d like, and if you keep a few key ingredients around you can avoid getting bored pretty easily – promise.
Just be sure not to forget the buttery bread. For the love of all that is good and holy.