"Oh, just bring a salad" or "bring something to share" are not always what guests to picnics, potlucks, and backyard barbecues want to hear. Whether you've been asked to bring something or you're trying to cook enough so your guests don't have to bring anything but their smiling faces, these easy salads and slaws made from fresh, seasonal ingredients are perfect for any summertime picnic, potluck, or barbecue.
Think cole slaw needs mayonnaise? Nope. Classic Creamy Cole Slaw uses a bit of cream and malt vinegar (the acidic nature of the vinegar naturally thickens the cream to dressing-like consistency) to dress shredded cabbage. This recipe is quick, easy, and results in the perfect creamy slaw.
Use only the freshest, sweetest corn for this Corn Tomato Basil Salad. The kind that’s so tender and sweet you can eat it raw! This salad is wonderful with pretty much any grilled meal, or as part of a no-cook summer dinner.
This quick Spicy Pepper Slaw of thinly sliced bell peppers and a minced chile pepper tastes great alongside grilled meats. It's pictured here made with green bell peppers, but it's equally delicious—and a bit sweeter—when made with red, yellow, or orange bell peppers.
Another slaw-like creation is this Broccoli Lemon Salad, which can also stand up to some pretty extensive time on the buffet table if necessary. Or go for something sweet and crunchy like this Snap Pea and Mint Slaw.