In the summer, it's smart to keep some key ingredients for salads on hand at all times. Have some mixed greens, baby spinach, cooked chicken, veggies, and salad dressings on hand so you can make a main dish salad when it's just too hot to cook.
All of these salads can be served as soon as they're combined, or you can cover and chill them for enjoying later in the day. And remember, with salads you can always delete some ingredients and add your favorites. If you just had a bumper crop of peas, add them to any salad, or if some heirloom tomatoes caught your eye in the Farmer's Market, build a salad around them!
Last Minute Main Dish Salad Recipes
- Apple Pecan Chicken Salad
This fabulous recipe combines some of my favorite flavors: crunchy, juicy and sweet tart apples, tender chicken, and crisp pecans. It's spectacular and quick!
- Ranch Ham Salad
Another five ingredient recipe! All you have to do is cook some pasta, cut up some ham and cheese, then toss all the goodies together. Yum.
- Tabbouleh Cheese Salad
Tabbouleh is made from cracked wheat, which is soaked in hot water to soften. It's chewy and rich tasting, and delicious combined with soft cheese and juicy tomatoes.