We tend to barbecue a lot in the Summer time, after all who wants to heat up the kitchen when it is 35 degrees outside?

The perfect complement to barbecue in my mind is a cool Summer Salad (my Dad definitely rubbed off on me!). So here are a couple of my quick go to salads for hot days.

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Tomato Onion Salad

Nothing could be simpler than this. The amounts are for three people but can be scaled up to feed an army if you like.


  • 3 cups of Grape Tomatoes
  • 1/2 a large White Onion
  • 1/3 cup Sun-Dried Tomato or Balsamic Vinaigrette


  • Chop the tomatoes into crossways slices (usually two or three per tomato)
  • Thinly slice the onion into rings (thinner the better)
  • Toss together with the vinaigrette in a bowl

That’s it! Can be served immediately or I prefer to cover and refrigerate for an hour while I am playing with barbecue – your call!

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Red Cabbage Carrot & Apple Slaw

Ingredients (for three healthy servings – can be multiplied):

  • 1/3 medium head of Red Cabbage
  • 1 medium to large Carrot
  • 1 eating apple (cored)
  • 1/3 cup Balsamic Vinaigrette


  • Julienne the Red Cabbage thin as possible
  • Peel and grate the Carrot
  • Slice and julienne the Apple
  • Toss all three in a serving bowl with the vinaigrette

That’s it! Can be served immediately or chilled in the refrigerator until supper time. Bonus – this slaw rocks when put on a burger as a condiment!

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