Monday, May 30, 2011

Sum, Sum, Summertime

I have a love/hate relationship with summer.

You have to understand ... I live in a Southern state where temperatures can be unbearable. I'm talking hundreds here, people. Add to that the fact that I deeply dislike sweating and you can see the "hate" part of the relationship. Let's not mention the horrid electrical bill. RE. DICULOUS.

And, yes, there's that one other little thing I could do without ... swimsuits. (I won't even go into that one. I'm bitter.)

But, there are those things that I love:

The giddy feeling I get when I realize my girls are out of school and we can actually sleep until the late 7:30 a.m. (giggling even now at the idea of it)

Putting on those dreaded swimsuits and taking the girls for many relaxing days at the pool

Sandals & sundresses

And, maybe most of all ... the food of summer ... fresh salads, fresh fruit (hoping to always pick that one sweet watermelon), cold desserts, and the hubby's grilling

With that said, I will leave you with my family's favorite salad recipe that I will be preparing even today. I have friends request this salad when they come over for dinner. It's so easy and delicious!
(There are many versions of this salad. This one is by far my favorite.)

Broccoli Slaw
1 bag broccoli slaw mix
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 c. sunflower seeds
1/2 c. toasted slivered almonds
2 pkgs. beef-flavored Ramen noodles, broken into small pieces (save sauce packets for dressing)

1 c. olive oil
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. white vinegar
2 Ramen sauce packets

Mix all ingredients for salad in large bowl. Mix well dressing ingredients. Pour dressing over all and serve immediately.

I usually double this recipe because it's so good that everyone always wants seconds.

Happy Summer!


sara said...

I feel the same way...the humidity is what brings on my "hate" part!!

I love this salad and am making it for dinner tonight too!!!

Penny said...

Ditto...I walked outside yesterday MORNING and started sweating. Dang humidity.

That salad looks yummy!!!