Monday, June 17, 2013

Two Father's Day Cookouts and Two Salads



We had two different cookouts for Father's Day - one at my parent's house on Saturday and one at home on Sunday. At the cookout at my parent's, all the dads took a picture together to commemorate the occasion. We always have a great time when we get together, and more importantly, my Dad enjoys himself when he is surrounded by family.

For Saturday's cookout, we prepared dinner by group effort to take the work off my Mother's shoulders. We grilled cheeseburgers and brats and I made a yummy Tex Mex Frito Salad that I had pinned here. It was full of fresh goodness and I lightened it up by using low fat cheese and no fat dressing. I would make this again, but serve the fritos on the side to sprinkle on top of each serving, so they stay crunchy.

At home on Sunday, we had a quiet family day while watching the U.S. Open golf tournament. My husband took a break from watching the tournament to barbecue some delicious chicken on his brand new grill - his Father's Day present, along with Tiger's tickets for the family.

I prepared one of our favorite salads with strawberries, mandarin oranges and chinese noodles - the perfect summer salad to serve with chicken.

Summer Salad with Strawberries and Oranges

1 bag mixed lettuce

2 cups sliced strawberries

1 can mandarin orange slices, drained

1 bunch green onions, chopped

1 cup shredded parmesan cheese

1/2 can Chinese noodles

Poppyseed Dressing ( I used fat free)

Toss lettuce, strawberries, oranges and green onions in large salad bowl. Right before serving toss in cheese and 1/2 of noodles. Add dressing to taste. Sprinkle remaining noodles on top.

I hope my husband, my father and my father-in-law in Florida all had a wonderful Father's Day and feel appreciated for the great fathers they all are.

Happy Monday!


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  1. Hi Vicki, the salad is gorgeous. I just love fruit in a salad. Sounds like you had so much fun. xo,Olive

  2. Saved the recipe already ino my Paprika . . . and can't wait to try it! Looks like you enjoyed a pleasant Father's Day!

    (Were you happy about the winner for the Open? I was happy for Rose although cheering for Phil on his birthday. Disappointing last few for him . . .)

  3. The salad looks amazing! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  4. Your salads both look great, Vicki. We're hosting a family party this weekend and I think I'll add that strawberry salad to the buffet table - strawberries are in season here right now, so the timing is perfect.

  5. Vicki, These salads look fantastic! You can't go wrong with those delicious ingredients. Sounds you had a wonderful day. My husband had to fly to Paris (work related) on Saturday so we will celebrate His day this weekend.

  6. Sounds like a very flavorful and healthy salad! Love the pretty colors too:@)

  7. This sounds so yummy! I love fruit in salads and am going to try this!

    ~Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy


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