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May 6, 2010 10:00 PM

Side dish ideas for summer menu?

So I heard about a watermelon/fresh mozzarella/basil salad, and decided to make it for dinner tonight. Just watermelon, bocconcini, Thai basil from the garden, and fleur de sel. I thought it would be nice and light as the weather is really starting to heat up.

And so it was ... delicious and light ... too light. So I need a side dish to make it more filling ... any ideas? Just needs to be cool or room temp at the time of serving ... could even be a separate course.

Thanks in advance for your ideas :)

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  1. fresh corn salad - corn kernels, arugula, thinly sliced red onion or scallions, sliced grape or cherry tomatoes, & chopped fresh herbs tossed with a red wine vinaigrette.

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      I make something similar with more of a southwestern bent. Corn, red onion, black beans, chopped celery and cilantro with a lime/cumin vinaigrette. I always make enough corn to have leftovers so I can make this the next day.

      1. re: roxlet

        roxlet - i usually do too, but i didn't think those flavors worked too well with the basil & mozz. i could be wrong, though!

        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          ghg, maybe you're right! I don't think I read her post correctly that she was serving this with the mozz, watermelon, basil salad. Still awfully good though!

      2. re: goodhealthgourmet

        I use just plain lime juice & salt & pepper with fresh corn cut off the cob, chopped fresh tomatoes and ripe avocados.

      3. i'm a sucker for starches... cold pasta salads are great in summer. buckwheat or rice noodles are a good substitute for regular egg noodles. toss with julienned carrots, cucumber, and red/purple/green cabbage or any other crisp veggies you like. dress with a light asian-type dressing and sprinkle with fresh herbs. serve cold. mmm.

        and i second the corn salad above. sounds delicious.

        1. We love Ina Garten's Roasted Vegetables with Orzo and Feta Cheese.

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          1. re: mcel215

            I make a similar orzo salad with feta.

            Broccoli salads are good with mandarin or clementine oranges, which are so good right now. I also like using blood oranges in salads, if you can find them, and temper the sweetness with salty cheese like feta, mizithra or ricotta salata.

          2. I love the asian cole slaw recipe with ramen noodles, almonds! There is another one out there with turkey, bacon, tomato, coleslaw that is really addicting. I think I may have found it in a weight watchers book.

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            1. re: lexpatti

              Love that cole slaw/ramen salad. It's sweet and savory with a nice crunch. Everyone always loves it (we call it "Mindy's Slaw" because that's who passed it on.

            2. I used to know someone who made hominy with jalapenos during the summertime. It was fantastic. Should have gotten the recipe :(