Summer Salad


I enjoy trying new recipes especially for summer, there seem to be more of a variety of fall and winter foods than summer foods.

By the end of May, I am so over the usual hamburger and hot dog ordeal…that even suggesting it for dinner becomes and instant no. Can anyone else relate?

Last week when I was browsing Chip and Joanna’s Magazine Magnolia I found a recipe in there that I had to try with the grilled chicken breasts we were having for dinner.

Luck must have been on my side, because the only item I did not have on had was the corn on the cob. So I ran up the street to Aldi’s and grabbed them.

Magnolia’s Summer Salad:

6 Ears Corn, Raw, cut from ears

2 Cucumbers, diced

4 Peppers, red, yellow, or orange, diced

1 pint grape tomatoes, halved

1 bunch fresh dill, chopped

1 bunch fresh basil, chopped

8 oz. feta, crumbled

Salt and Pepper to taste


  1. Combine all the ingredients and adjust the herbs, salt and pepper to taste. It gets better the longer is sits. So make it up in the morning to serve for dinner later that day.


I decided to pick the orange peppers, mainly because of the color. Plus I believe the yellow peppers are one of the sweeter ones compared to the green pepper.


Shucking the corn and removing the corn off the cob had to be one of the most annoying parts of making this salad. Silk went everywhere, it didn’t matter how careful I was…it went everywhere!!!

When I started removing the corn off the cob…the corn was I swear jumping off the cob and landing everywhere except inside the bowl. They were like little bouncy balls jumping all over the place! So frustrating.

Sophia found it quite amusing and Jimmy was at my feet trying to eat them as they landed.

And I believe I was muttering to myself “these little bastards,” in the faintest voice ever..because I have a sponge for a daughter!

Those 6 cobs were never ending…..


Ahh the cucumber….Sophia loves cucumber. When she was in KDO I used to slice her up cucumber in her lunch. She always ate them all. This was by bar the nicest thing to chop. I didn’t peel it…should I have? I don’t believe it really made a different.

Do you peel or not peel your cucumber for a salad? Any thoughts?


Do you like Grape Tomatoes? I actually don’t care for them, they are my least favorite tomato out there. Now if this recipe called for Beefsteak Tomatoes I would be all over them like white on rice! I wonder if we are going to grow them this year in the garden?

God knows we will have Grape Tomatoes….


Do you chiffonade your herbs? You should! Grab em’…roll em’ up..the best you can…and start cutting them rolled up. Makes life a lot easier and creates half the mess.

Then sprinkles those bad boys all over your veggies.


This salad wouldn’t be complete unless you had cheese…right? I mean who doesn’t like cheese. How some people feel about bacon…is how I feel about cheese.

You. Can’t. Go. Wrong.

With bacon you can…wait did I just say that?

You bet I did. I not much of a bacon kinda gal.


Oh yeah…that’s what I am talking about.

Come. To. Mama.


Mix it up and let it marinate while you live out the rest of your day!

I am a ‘marinator,’ is that even a word? If I am preparing dinner everything marinates practically all day. Especially my chicken….I will never prepare chicken for dinner without it marinating for about 6 to 7 hours.

Marinating chicken is another blog post…I mean I am really particular. I can tell if chicken has been marinated vs. not been marinated and you just slapped that sucker on the grill and called it dinner….mama is picky with chicken.

I guess I am a chicken snob…what can I say….I only trained at Le Cordon Bleu!

This salad turned out to be a great addition to my 7 hour marinated grilled chicken breasts that was served for dinner that night! Sophia killed it! She really seemed to have enjoyed this summer salad…..she asked for “more peas.”

*Left over tip: Make Chicken and Veggie Quesadillas out of theĀ remaining grilled chicken and salad! Complete with Sour Cream of course! *

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