Summer Salad

I’m a summer type of person!  I love the warmth, the flowers, the sun and the abundance of fresh vegetables at the farmers markets. 

We’ve already hit the hot part of summer ~ 101 degrees is predicted for today, and it’s only June!  I’m wondering what July and August will bestow upon us.  It’s that part of the year when it’s too hot to cook and eat a heavy meal, and way to hot to start the oven.  

That means cool crunchy summer salads filled with an assortment of vegetables.  They’re not just fresh and cool; they’re healthy and filling on a hot summer day.  A salad can be just about anything and is as good as the hands that prepare it…

Summer Salad


3 tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons lemon juice
½ teaspoon sugar
½ teaspoon freeze-dried red jalapeΓ±os
5 medium tomatoes, sliced into wedges
1 cucumber, sliced into half-moons
1½ cups corn kernels (about 2 ears)
Salt and pepper, to taste


In a small bowl, toss together the first 5 ingredients.
Stir together the tomatoes, cucumber and corn in a medium bowl.
Pour dressing over the vegetables.
Season with salt and pepper.

Are you a summer, winter, spring or fall type of person?

Be sure to visit my friend, Linda’s blog, @My Kind Of Cooking.  She has unique tips on Tuesdays and yummy recipes every Friday!


  1. Sounds good to me. I love salads but I am still working on Nigel's taste buds! Diane

  2. I'm a fall and winter person but I love the salads of summer! It's already 93 here. Keep cool!


  3. Imade a salad for today too! I am definitely a summer person too. I do hate hearing people complain about the heat in Florida. One nice thing is on the coast here we've never reached 100. Funny but we've been cooler here in the summer than the rest of the country. Our normal summer temps are low to mid 90s. Lately we've been in the mis 80s, due to all the rain. I like humidity hair curls so nice! :) Yes, I've been told I'm weird!

  4. I love summer salads with cucumbers! So refreshing! Thank you for sharing, Pam!

  5. Diane, I hope you persuade Nigel with the salads! I love a wide variety of salads in the summer time and am always looking for new recipes.

    Bonnie, fall is a pretty time of year, but I can't say that for winter. :-) 93 is pretty hot for so early and it sounds like this really hot stuff will be around for a while. You keep cool also!

    Lyndsey, my brother and wife winter in the Tampa area. When I asked him this winter how the weather was he told me it was way too hot. Funny---I thought he went there because it was hot and not an Ohio winter! I've seen on the TV weather that it has been hotter here than by you. I understand with the humidity---I like some humidity too! It doesn't curl my hair though; lucky you! Maybe it is the other people that are weird!!!

  6. Delicioso el plato, me ha encantado.


  7. Anna, I'm glad you like it also! I agree, cucumbers are refreshing!

  8. jose manuel, gracias! Es delicioso! Saludos

  9. There's nothing like a crispy cucumber and tomato salad. Especially as they're in season!

  10. The weather is way too hot for me, but that salad would be perfect. Looks so good.

  11. Pam,
    I love salads all year long, but especially in the summer. Your salad looks so tasty with the crunchy cucumber. I made a cold salad for tonight, too with tuna, peas, pasta, spinach, and lots of herbs. My husband can eat heavy dishes in the heat, but not me. Everything has to be cold!

  12. Healthy is best, I am on a summer salad kick! lost 22 pounds and feel great! All to great salads and adding this one to my list of must trys!

  13. Fisrt I love your header!! and love this salad!

  14. It hit a record 100+ here today too. I didn't even grill!

  15. I am a Fall person but I do enjoy the foods of summer.
    I have been trying to make light meals for dinner this week because of the over 100 deagree temps we are enduring.

    This looks yummy.


  16. That is a little too Hot! The cucumber slices must have tasted delicious on an uncomfortable day. Stay cool!

  17. Pam, I love the combination of textures and flavors! Very imaginative... I'm adding this recipe to the master file! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  18. I'm very much a summer girl too - would rather sweat than freeze any day!! lol I can sympathize with you on the weather.. we've been at a steady 110 for the past week or more.. when it's that hot, it only cools down to about 85-90 at night.. it's like we never get a break!
    ANYWAY - the salad looks and sounds perfect for summer! Will be trying this soon!

  19. I am a fall kind of person. I love a fire in the fireplace and a hot bowl of soup! But , when it is hot out, I prefer salads and fruit. Your recipe has a great blend of flavors!

  20. Ellen, you said it all! Thanks!

    Carol, the weather is crazy here. We had a little rain and it cooled to the upper 70's, the sun came out and back to the upper 80's and much humidity.

    Becky, I agree with you and bet your cold salad with tuna was really good!

    Claudia, WOW!! Good for you and I'm convinced of the powers of salad!

    Gloria, thanks! I was ready for a change!

    Chris, I can relate to that!!!

    Melinda, thanks! Fall is great too, not so much heat and humidity!

    Judy, I hear you and you stay cool also!

    Dave, woo hoo for your master file!!

    Jenn, I know you're in a much warmer area and I understand. The weather can change so fast here but I think the heat will be around for a while!

    Linda, my best friend loves fall also for the reasons you say. At least it's not bitter cold!

  21. Summer and salad ... love those two words.

  22. Not crazy about spring - too wet and damp and no interesting foods. But the other three I love - and all the foods and cooking we eat are unique to the season. Right now I want this salad!

  23. Glenda, great minds think alike!

    Katie, you brought up a great point! I do love fall and winter food; that's a great reason to like both seasons. Have a good rest of the weekend!

  24. This salad looks so yummy and perfect for this super hot weather.

  25. I"m definitely a fall person. Hot soups and grill gouda cheese sandwiches, so I really appreciate you supplying me with summer cooking ideas. Every day about 5 I begin to ask...what'll supper be. Thanks for the salad.

  26. Olga, thanks so much for your comment and visit also!

    lutheranladies, those fall foods sound good to me! I do that at 5 myself sometimes. Hope you try the salad and thanks for the visit!

  27. Hi Pam. This salad looks lovely. We are hot in Austin too, so I'm always looking for cooler meals. And thank you for your words, your encouragement, and your prayers. I hope you are having a restful and peaceful Saturday. Love and hugs!

  28. I know so many are struggling with the heat, but here in the Pacific NW we just ended our wettest June on record (and our wettest March, April and May). Don't know what's going on, but I'm getting a little tired of the rain. Even though it isn't hot here I still love salads like yours, Pam.

  29. I love "summah" salads (I'm in Maine) and I totally agree with you about cranking up the oven! If it can't be done on a grill, or on a cutting board, than it's probably not going to get done!

    Your salad looks delicious! I hope your temps cool down soon!

    Happy 4th of July!

  30. Wow Pam,

    This looks so good, cool and refreshing, I would love to have a nice bowl of it now. !! It is 103 here right now. I will have to make this!!


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