Today is the first official day of summer! That means it’s time for barbecues, picnics and potluck parties at the park. Get ready for summer feasting with these 5 Vegetarian Side Salads.
First up is a gluten-free pasta salad with a southwestern flair. Featuring corn, red and green bell pepper, jalapeno, tomatoes pepper jack cheese and kicked up ranch dressing, this Southwest Lentil Pasta Salad is the perfect accompaniment to any summer gathering.
Next, this Mustard Egg Smashed Potato Salad is one of my favorites. Seasoned with chives, spicy brown mustard and white pepper, this salad offers a tasty twist on a classic recipe.
For another twist on an old classic, try this A+ Macaroni Salad. With just three ingredients not including salt and pepper, this side salad is incredibly easy to make. It was actually passed down to me from my dad. Carrots give this macaroni salad its namesake for their contribution of Vitamin A to the dish, not to mention a little touch of sweetness. It can easily be made gluten-free too!
If you’re looking for something light and refreshing, try this Lemon-Parmesan Chickpea Salad. In this dish, chickpeas are combined with fresh lemon juice, lemon zest, olive oil, vegetarian Parmesan cheese, celery and scallions. Since this recipe only serves two, you can enjoy it on a romantic picnic in the park. ♥ Or, if you’re serving a group, just multiply the ingredients to suit your needs.
Last but not least, this Arugula Pasta Salad has a gluten-free option and features rotini pasta with arugula, grape tomatoes, roasted red peppers, Kalamata olives, artichoke hearts, provolone cheese and pine nuts tossed with a lemon vinaigrette dressing.
So, get a cold glass of lemonade, iced tea or maybe some white wine or sangria and let the summer festivities begin with one of these 5 Vegetarian Side Salads!