Pasta Salad Eleventy Hundred Ways : Summer Dinners


It’s getting hot, y’all.  And it’s not even HOT hot yet.

We can still step outside with a smile and enjoy a deep breath of sunshine.  In about a month, we’ll be stank-faced wading through hot-mud-air, aka “humidity,” aka nature’s pit sweat.

Ahh, lovely southern summers!

But the rising temps are making an impact on our appetites.  Especially for my husband who spends a good portion of his work day outside.  When he comes home from a long (LONG) day, the last thing he wants is a bubbly, creamy, rich chicken pot pie.  (I’ll eat the whole thing by myself in the A/C, kthanks. #nowaste #potpieorbust)  But we also want more than dressed lettuce…

Off to Pinterest we go for HotHotHeat compatible meals that are not pasta salad!

Pan Seared Salmon Burgers with Chipotle Mayonnaise


Slightly sweet, spicy, and fresh!  I would probably use spinach and go crazy with the lime juice!

Stovetop Shrimp Boil


One giant serving bowl in the middle of the table = Less dishes to wash.  Win!

Flank Steak with Watermelon Salad


This one elicited a little bit of heavy breathing on my part. Yessss.

Slow Cooker Carolina BBQ


Vinegar based sauce + pulled pork = LIFE.  Paired with a crisp coleslaw and soft bun.  And in the Crock Pot?!  WHAT?!?!

Sheet Pan Poblano Chicken Fajitas


Top it with some sour cream, and IT’S ON.

What are your favorite meals for summer?

If you came here looking for legitimate pasta salad recipes, I apologize.



8 thoughts on “Pasta Salad Eleventy Hundred Ways : Summer Dinners

  1. Great ideas! We grill alllll summer long – really all year long. Lots of kabobs of all meats, grilled chicken and turkey, burgers…. We also just do a lot of fresh, raw veggies, boring as that is – cucumbers, spinach salad, corn on the cob…

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  2. My favorite two meals for summer are 1. taco salad – and 2. turkey burgers, corn on the cob, deviled eggs, and potato salad! The first one is a lot less work than the second, therefore, because I have to make it, taco salad is my number one meal!
    Ok, now I’m really hungry!
    – Megan Joy

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