BBQ Chicken & Macaroni Salad

This tangy dish is a great variation on the tried and true macaroni salads we love and enjoy all summer long. The great kick here is you can serve it warm on the side with dinner or cold in your lunch pack. Great either way!

salad barbecue chicken

Makes about 8 cups; serves 8 to 10 as a side dish

Brining: Chicken has a tendency to get dry and tough, especially when served cold in a salad like this. That’s why you should give these boneless, skinless chicken breasts a quick brine before cooking — this ensures moist and tender shreds of chicken even after some time in the fridge. Even a quick half-hour brine makes a big difference, but don’t brine it for more than two hours or else the salt breaks down the muscle fibers too much.

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Zucchini and Chicken Salad

A relaxing meal made without turning on the oven (although you do use the stove) is just right for a warm summer night.

If even the thought of turning on the stove is too much for you, this recipe can also be made using leftover or store-bought roasted chicken.

salad zucchini and chicken

PREP: 30 MINS, TOTAL TIME: 30 MINS, SERVINGS: 4

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Apple Salad with Romaine and Arugula

This salad is full of good-for-you greens and delicious, crunchy apples. For easy, fast prep, rinse romaine leaves; dry and wrap in paper towels and store in a plastic bag up to a day ahead. Mix dressing up to three days ahead, and refrigerate until ready to use; whisk before tossing with apples. Chop leaves at serving time.

salad apples romaine arugula

Total Time: 25 minutes
Level: Easy
Serves: 16

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White Bean–Asparagus Salad with Bacon and Thyme

Bacon and Parmesan cheese add a rebel flair to this healthy dish that’s ready in 15 minutes. This hearty salad with beans, asparagus and bacon is so hearty it could almost pass for a main dish!

bean asparagus salad

Makes: 6 servings; Recipe time: 15 minutes

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