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It’s summer entertaining season. You light up the barbecue and grill your main entrée. As a small-portion meat eater, for me most meals are all about the sides, and in the summertime that means salads, like the delicious antipasto salad pictured above.

I love fruits and vegetables, which makes this the best time of the year.

My mom perfected potato salad, and I’ll share her recipe. But first, I want to direct you to a few side dishes I found by searching HomeGoods’ Pinterest and Instagram accounts.

Kelsey shared her use of a new marble platter from HomeGoods by setting it with a fabulous prosciutto, cheese and fruit spread. Coupled with your favorite beverage, it’s a lovely way to begin a summer evening with friends.


Photo by Kelsey, HomeGoods Customer Finds

Another great idea for the start of an evening is this bruschetta bar by Gaby. Get her list of ingredients here.

HomeGoods - Delicious Sides - What Gabby Cooks

Photo by What’s Gaby Cooking

I told you I love avocado. This Power Salad from Kaitlin is super easy and delicious. The perfect side dish for a warm summer evening. Find the recipe here.

HomeGoods - Delicious Sides

Photo by The Garden Grazer

Ali at Gimme Some Oven has one of my favorites. Anything with bacon and avocado is great by me. She added romaine, blue cheese and roma tomatoes . . . yum! You can get the recipe here.

HomeGoods - Delicious Sides Gimme Some Oven

Photo by Gimme Some Oven

Now, as promised, my favorite salad of all:

My Mom’s Best Potato Salad

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Photo by Deb Wolf


3 pounds cooked and diced potatoes (I prefer Yukon Gold or red for salads)
2-3 stalks of diced celery
1/4 cup diced onion
1/4 cup fresh or frozen peas
2 tbsp chopped bacon


1/3 cup sour cream
2 tbsp ranch dressing
2 tbsp spicy ranch dressing
salt, pepper, and seasoning to taste

Mom's Potato Salad

Photo by Deb Wolf


Mix salad ingredients together. Blend salad dressing (adding a little water if it’s too thick). Mix salad and dressing thoroughly and season to taste. Top with avocado or hard-boiled egg, and you’re ready to serve.

I prefer avocado on top because, well, you already know I love it, and because I don’t have to worry about eggs and warm temperatures.

One of the things I love about this non-mayo salad is that it keeps beautifully for several days. In fact, I like it a little better the second day after the flavors blend together.

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Photo by Deb Wolf

So, what’s your favorite warm-weather side dish?

Deb Wolf shares inspiration at Counting My Blessings. She believes every day should be celebrated and filled with laughter. (Join her on PinterestFacebook and Twitter.)

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