Spiel the Beans: Favorite Summer Salad

I'm so stinking excited about this week. I have my notepad ready to write down ingredients and my finger ready to pin away to save these recipes for later. I know you all will not disappoint!

Speaking of pinning for later - y'all - BLOWN AWAY at your suggestions for travel planning. Shelly and I have a board just dedicated to all of our favorite Spiel the Beans posts ...

My favorites from last week:

How to Plan a Fun, Successful Family Vacation (Yes, really!) from Guilty Chocoholic Mama
Camping with Baby from These Kids' Mom
10 Tips for Traveling with Tweens from While I'm Waiting

Today we are talking all about our favorite summer salad today and my pick is a no-brainer.

My all-time favorite salad is the simplest salad in all of the world - cucumbers, tomatoes, oil, vinegar and a little salt and pepper. I prefer more vinegar to oil - enough to give a little kick but not so much that you choke. I LOVE that we have our own tomatoes to add to the mix but nothing will ever compare to eating this salad at my MaMaw and PaPaw's house in the summer with veggies straight from his garden. It was simply heaven in a bowl.

My favorite way to enjoy this salad is to pair it with jambalaya and crunchy french bread with some real butter.

There is something about the crisp salad paired with the spicy jambalaya that makes this meal perfect. I like to save the bread for last and just scoop up every bit of flavor in that one slice. 

With July 4th around the corner, everyone is bound to have a perfect potato salad recipe. My favorite *besides my mommas* is to brown potatoes in the oven with onion and garlic, and then toss with ranch dressing and serve warm. Seriously so darn good. 

BUT, this next salad may even beat that. 

1 pound campanelle pasta
2 Cups mayonnaise
4 Tbs yellow mustard
2 tbs brine from pickle jar
6 large hard boiled eggs
3 ribs celery
1/2 medium red onion, diced
1/3 cup sweet relish
salt and pepper to taste
paprika for garnish

Prepare pasta according to package directions.
Dice eggs into large chunks.
Combine all remaining ingredients and pour over pasta. Fold in eggs. Garnish with paprika. 

Now, you can serve this cold and it's fantastic, but y'all. I about died when tasted how good it was warm. SOOOOO good. It would be perfect with pulled pork sandwiches. 

And then I have one more that I want to share but haven't tried. There is just something about summertime and watermelon and this recipe from Recipe Runner just caught my eye...

Doesn't that look amazing!!!

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  1. Oooh that simple salad reminds me of the salads I used to eat growing up before salads became all fancy! I've tried a similar one to the watermelon and it was delicious!

    1. I think I'm gonna try to make it this weekend! Thanks for stopping by, Sarita! I've enjoyed peeking in your world these past few weeks!

  2. Cucumber and tomato salads always taste better at the grandparents house! That watermelon salad sounds amazing, I am going to mix that up for the 4th. Thank you for sharing!

    1. So do cookies and cake! ;) I may give it a try, too... although that deviled egg salad is perfect for the 4th. Maybe I'll only make salads! Thanks for stopping by!