3 Summer Salads for Your Next Cook Out

Updated June 28, 2016
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It just isn't summer without salads. Those sizzling steaks and sticky ribs might be the nominal stars of your cookout, but the salads you serve alongside them can dramatically elevate your meal. Sure, you can throw some lettuce into a bowl and call it a day, but less-common salads like these are a lot more fun.

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Warm Potato Salad with Green Beans and Bacon

Cold potato salad is good, but the flavors really pop in a warmed version. Slide the divider into your Flex Duo oven, and set one half to a keep-warm temperature and the other to 400 degrees F for roasting. Bake bacon strips in the hot side of your oven until they're crisp.

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Lose the Mayo

Meanwhile, steam new baby potatoes and fresh green beans until they're tender, and keep them warm in the cool half of the oven. When the bacon is ready, drain the fat and toss all three together with a vinaigrette of olive oil, white wine vinegar and Dijon mustard. Sprinkle with chopped chives or fresh dill, and serve warm.

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Flank Steak Panzanella

Set the FlexZone in the bottom-right of your Family Hub refrigerator to its Chill/Meat setting when you stock up for the cookout, and pick up a piece of flank steak along with your regular steaks and burgers. There's plenty of space for the rest of your salad makings and other groceries in the upper half of the fridge.

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Bring it all Together

On the day, chop multi-colored heirloom or cherry tomatoes into a bowl with cucumber, torn basil leaves, minced garlic and thin-sliced red onion. Toss them with a splash of olive oil (the tomato juice provides the acidity) and refrigerate. Grill the flank steak to medium rare, and several pieces of crusty sourdough bread until they're crisp and lightly charred. Slice the steak and tear the bread, and then add them to the vegetables, and serve.

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Middle Eastern tabbouleh salad is a complete side dish, with its mix of grain and fresh greenery. Traditionally, it's made with bulgur wheat and chopped herbs, but you can vary it endlessly. Use the built-in browser or AllRecipes app on your Family Hub fridge to view as many recipes as you like, and pick and choose combinations of ingredients that appeal to you.

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Mix and Match

Start by choosing a grain. Instead of bulgur, you might opt for millet, quinoa, cracked farro or flavorful freekeh (cracked green wheat). Cook it ahead, and cool it before your guests arrive. Next, choose your mix-ins: Tomatoes or diced peppers stay close to the salad's roots, or you can go with chilies, avocado, cilantro or even watermelon. Toss it all with olive oil and lemon juice, and let it sit for at least an hour or so.

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