After battling through traffic to get home on a hot summer afternoon, it’s a pure joy to reach into the refrigerator and pull out a delicious cool salad that is table-ready. Obviously you have to pay it forward and make the salad ahead of time, but most salads keep nicely in the refrigerator for two or three days and provide you with some ‘ice-tea’ time after work, in addition to an extra meal or two.

Here are some recipes that have been tested by staff members for ease of preparation and overall nutrition.  They’ve also been tested by the kids we love for good taste (or as they say “not yucky, guaranteed!”)

Couscous Chicken Salad

And here are other easy to make, kid tested and approved favorites.

Cream of Broccoli Soup with Aged Cheddar Cheese

Melon Ambrosia

Mother’s Day Rhubarb Custard Tart

Savory Meatball Stew

Turkey Wild Rice Salad