Grilled Chicken Cobb Salad from Damn Delicious, Thai Larb from Wok and Skillet, and Cherry Peach Panzanella from What’s Gaby Cooking
Celebrate summer entertaining with a fruit panzanella, chicken cobb salad, and Thai larb. Invite your friends and family over and have a feast that's everything we love about warmer weather. Or maybe make a special dinner just for yourself. You’ve earned it!
A big platter of grilled chicken, some bacon, soft-boiled eggs, and enough lettuce and cherry tomatoes to call it a salad. Cobb salad has a lot to love. We liked the grilled chicken and tangy vinaigrette that lightened it up for summer.
- Try chicken breast or tofu for alternatives to thighs. Marinate for the same amount of time.
- Keep the dressing on the side if you plan to pack a bit away for later.
- A fabulous dinner party option for just about any group. Folks can take or leave any element they don’t care for and load up on their favorites. Easily doubled, as well.
The summer heat is no time for heavy, hot, dinner party dishes. Yet one can only eat so many big bowls of lettuce before you crave something a bit more substantial. Thai Larb salad manages to fill you up while still being fresh and cool. The combination of ground pork and shallots dressed in handfuls of fresh mint and basil was a winner.
- Serve with whole romaine lettuce leaves as the recipe suggests or with white rice. We liked both.
- While we would like to try the version with ground, toasted glutinous rice, we found the ground, toasted peanuts worked well.
Nothing’s prettier than a platter of fresh fruit, except for a platter of fresh fruit with burrata and toasty ciabatta croutons. Slice up the juiciest cherries, nectarines, peaches, and plums for this salad and prepare yourself for a summer treat.
- Dress this salad right before you eat it to keep the croutons crunchy. When you plan to eat this again, pack the croutons and fruit separately.
- While the suggested combination of fruit is delicious, use the fruits that look the best at the market. Try for a variety,however; to keep things interesting.
- Our ball of burrata wasn’t quite 12 ounces. Anything over 8 ounces will be more than enough. Less than 6 ounces, consider buying two to make sure everyone gets a couple creamy bites.
From the Smorgasbord
The Stone Fruit & Heirloom Tomato Mozzarella Basil Salad is a close cousin of the Cherry and Peach Panzanella, for when tomatoes are finally ready. Don’t miss this one!