Favorite Summer Cool Recipes

What are your favorite summer cooler recipes?

Strawberry Lemonade

Take 1 pint fresh or frozen strawberries
1/2 can lemonade concentrate
1 cups water
1 tray ice cubes

Put all of these in the blender


Blend until all ingredients are well blended.

Can be served with a strawberry sliced 1/2 way through and fit to rim of the glass.



(Originally published in 2001)

July 9, 20010 found this helpful

Steep 4 teabags (I use Lipton since you get more from them - if using other brands I would use 6 teabags)

1 (12 oz) can Welch's 'White Grape/Raspberry' frozen juice

After tea bags are steeped - add juice mix and tea together in a 64 oz glass jar or any pitcher container and fill the rest with water. There is enough sugar in the Welch's drink mix that you don't have to add any addt'l sugar. Very tasty and thirst quenching.

Note: Welch's also has a variety of other flavors that you might like to substitute and try. - Linda Martin - Roseville, MI

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July 9, 20010 found this helpful

My mother-in-law makes this and everyone (great-grandpa down to little kids) raves about it.

Mix together any assortment of diced fruit that you like: pineapple, peaches, pears, grapes, apples, peaches, strawberries, etc.

Place 1/2 to 3/4 cup in small freezable bowls with lids. Freeze several hours; serve frozen.

Couldn't be simpler and good for you! - Jennifer Raffety

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July 9, 20010 found this helpful

Mix all ingredients together in a blender:

2 c. watermelon (puree)

3 eggs

4 c. milk

1 c. sugar

Dash of salt

Use ice cream freezer.

Makes 1/2 gal. - Nelrene

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July 11, 20010 found this helpful

Use the juice of 6-8 lemons

About 1/2-1 cup of brown sugar (to your taste)

A liter of sparkling water

A pinch or two of ginger

And a sprig of mint & you have a great summer treat!

- Alekscat the frugal feline in Richmond, VA

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July 12, 20010 found this helpful

I LOVE pasta salad during the hot NY summers!

Here's my simple "recipe" (I never measure anything, just toss it all in):

-any cooked pasta (curly type works best, I would avoid spaghetti/noodle type ones), rinsed in cool water

-cut up pepperoni or ham

-cut up cubes of cheddar cheese or shredded cheese of choice

-brocolli florets or carrot medallions or frozen peas (basically, any veggie of choice)

Throw in a bowl. Pour on some bottled italian dressing (any flavor or fat level or brand) until moistened but not soaked.

Chill in frig briefly. Serve with some hearty bread on the side.

yummy and easy! -Connie

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July 16, 20010 found this helpful

My Mom makes an unbelieveably good dressing out of Miracle whip type salad dressing, vinegar & some spices.

Skip the vinegar add milk & fruit juice to nuts raisins, citrus, pears, & apples for fruit salad.

Leave it in for coleslaw [to die for!] add mustard for potato, pasta or egg salad.

MY favorite pasta salad, pasta is the colored kind & we throw any cold meat in & even chunks of velveeta or any other cheese for a whole meal salad. I told her she should sell it but she won't listen. - Linne Dodds

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July 17, 20010 found this helpful

Cut up some fresh fruit. Add sugar (to your taste) to a carton of plain yogurt. Mix well. Next add the yogurt to fruit. Great salad! - Elaine

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July 17, 20010 found this helpful

Instead of adding sugar to plain yogurt, I use vanilla yogurt with cut up fresh fruit. Sometimes I put in a flavored yogurt if it will compliment the fruit.

- Margaret

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July 6, 20040 found this helpful

Pasta Salad

Corkscrew pasta (cooked and drained)

1 bottle of italian salad dressing (add to your taste and texture)

shredded cheddar cheese (approx. 1 c.)

1 can of red kidney beans (drained and rinsed, do not cook)

1-2 tsp. garlic powder

1-2 tsp. garlic salt

1-2 tsp. granulated onion

diced onion or chopped green onion

sliced black olives (optional)

1 tsp. black pepper

1 rope of kielbasa sausage (uncooked and diced)

1 can of drained corn (or less if you don't want too much)

Quick, easy and perfect for picnics, summer meals, etc.

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July 6, 20040 found this helpful

Easy Homemade Salsa

2-28 oz. cans of diced, stewed tomatoes (save juice)

1 can of mushrooms drained and chopped

1 onion diced

2 tsp. garlic powder

2 tsp. garlic salt

2 tsp. granulated onion

add cayenne pepper to your taste

salt and pepper to taste

1 bell pepper, diced (optional)

fresh cilantro, chopped (or put into food processor)

Other items I have added for a more chunky salsa:

1 can of drained corn

1 can of red kidney beans

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July 6, 20040 found this helpful

Easy Coleslaw

**All measurements may vary depending on size of heads of cabbage and according to your tastes.

Using your food processor, chop up one head of green cabbage and a half or quarter head of purple cabbage (most produce depts. already have them cut and wrapped so that you don't have to buy a whole head, if they don't it doesn't hurt to ask).

Add 1 c. (more or less depending on size of head of cabbage) Best Food's Mayonnaise

1/2 onion diced or chopped in food processor

2 tsp. garlic powder

2 tsp. garlic salt

2 tsp. granulated onion

1 tsp. cayenne powder (optional)

salt and pepper to taste

2 tsp. vinegar (regular or cider is fine and you can add more or less depending on your tastes. You can also substitute with lemon juice if you just can't handle vinegar, but you don't hardly taste it anyway. But it DOES make a difference in the overall taste)

Add approx. 3-4 Tbsp. sugar or Splenda to sweeten it up.

Combine in one large mixing bowl and let sit in refrigerator at least a half an hour. You can add about 1/4 c. milk if you like it to have more juice.

Add more ingredients if it is too sweet or too sour or too salty. All can be adjusted by adding more of another ingredient.

Even those who hate coleslaw beg for mine! All five of my kids eat it like crazy and will take seconds and thirds as long as there is more there! We never have leftovers!

We have even added those tiny salad shrimp from a can (drained and rinsed well) and it is wonderful!

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