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Monday Night Flashback: Cookout Foods

It’s June and cook out season has begun. To be honest, the first two cookouts I’ve been to this summer have actually taken place inside, in the air-conditioning. But you know what I mean.

[dropcap4 bgColor=”#7EB936″]I[/dropcap4] will be the first to admit I’m not crazy about most mayonaise “salads,” be it potato salad or macaroni salad. I’ve gotten less picky as an adult, but as a kid, my plate was always lacking side dishes. There’s one potluck dish though, that I always consider a score when I find it: Ambrosia. If you’ve never experienced it, I’ll tell you right now either you’ll love it or you’ll hate it. There’s no in between.

Picture this:
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  • 11 oz. mandarin oranges (drained)
  • 8 oz. pineapple chunks (drained)
  • 1 c. mini marshmallows
  • 1 c. flaked coconut
  • 1 c. sour cream


What are some of your favorite summer/ cookout foods? Do you love watermelon? Are you a fan of a particular type of potato salad? Do you have a great coleslaw recipe? You can tell me. AND you can tell me how your week is starting!

33 replies on “Monday Night Flashback: Cookout Foods”

Oh my. I have Juniper Junior perched on the back of the sofa beside me. I just pulled up P-mag and he asked where the “old red one” had gone! Oh, and tattie salad. Just basic tattie salad will keep me happy! Or for a tiny variation: yoghurt instead of mayo.

When it’s summer, I eat.

I’ve never really had a back yard, now I have a mini-porch like area. Pops says our house-warming present will be a new grill…!

‘Til then, I’m playing with inside summer cooking. So, for now: pickled cabbage (my first attempt at pickling!); raw, vegan, gluten-free lemon cookies (my first attempt at the dehydrator!); flax seed crackers (my first attempt!!! everything’s new to me!!!); kale chips…. mmmm…

We’re super italian, so we always make fettuccine salad.  Pasta, olive oil, black olives, some kind of cured meat (usually salami), and broccoli tossed together in a huge pot.  So good!  I also make Oh Henry bars (Peanut butter and chocolate on a brown-sugary oatmeal base) for every picnic I go too.  I put them in a disposable pan, because there won’t be any to take home anyway.

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I am very anti-ambrosia. I am actually pretty anti-fruit from a can. But fresh pineapple sliced and put on the grill? Yes please. Also pasta salads made with vinegar/oil based dressings (usually Italian or balsamic vinaigrette) with parmesan cheese and sliced black olives and maybe some cucumber chunked in.

I don’t like the texture of mayonnaise (or whipped cream, or sour cream) hence I cannot eat almost most of the pasta and salad dishes, but fruit salads! With honey! Pineapples, peaches, plums! And grilled fish! Grilled aubergines! Grilled salmon! Berries!!! Sometimes I dine on strawberries, and breakfast on blueberries!


I’ve never had ambrosia salad made with sour cream. I think my grammy makes hers with mayo and cool whip, which sounds disgusting, but works.

My go-to summer foods are pasta salad and macaroni salad. And anything on the grill is magical. I cook a lot on the grill b/c it’s fewer pots and pans I have to wash!

I always bring the same pasta salad to cookouts. I made it today, in fact. Tricolor rotini, grape tomatoes, kalamata olives, feta, grilled chicken (if everyone’s a meatatarian), and a little olive oil dressing. It’s delicious. I’m not normally a huge burger fan, except in the case of cookouts.

Oh man, we just cooked out tonight, too. We did salmon filets on the grill, roasted balsamic-tossed brussel sprouts on the grill, then I did a creamy dill sauce on the stove and sauteed chard with garlic scapes. Then a few slices of golden melon (like honeydew). We’ve been grilling for weeks here already. I love this season soooo much. Plus, now I’m getting to use things from the garden, too.

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