I think I'll have a light salad, please

Three recipes for when it's just too hot outside to do any cooking.

311_corn bean salad (photo credit: www.gourmetcooking.com)
311_corn bean salad
(photo credit: www.gourmetcooking.com)
Wherever you are this time of year – Jerusalem, Los Angeles, New York or Rome, it’s just too hot to cook.  Here are some light salads that your family will appreciate.  They keep you out of the kitchen and they are satisfying and delicious.
Asian Shredded Lettuce Salad

4 tablespoons sugar
1 ½ teaspoons salt
½ teaspoon pepper
4 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons sesame oil
3 tablespoons soy sauce
Pinch fresh or dried ginger
1 head iceberg lettuce, shredded
2 hearts romaine lettuce, shredded
½ cup cilantro, chopped
3 carrots, shredded or julienned
3 cucumbers, sliced or julienned
1 can baby corn, sliced
Wonton chips, crumbled
Toasted almonds
Toasted sesame seeds
Toss salad ingredients together. Dress just before serving.
Black Bean Corn Salsa Salad
1 can (15 ounce) black beans, drained
1 can corn kernels, or two fresh pieces of corn, cooked, and cut off the cob
2 small cucumbers (Persian), chopped
¼ cup chopped red onion
¼ – ½ cup chopped cilantro
½ chopped red pepper
1 avocado chopped
½ chopped jicama (optional)
4 tablespoons prepared salsa (mild to medium)
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients together. Adjust seasonings to taste. Chill and serve 3 hours later. This salad should be prepared and served the same day as it gets a little soggy the next day.
Cheese Tortellini SaladCheese tortellini salad.Cheese tortellini salad.
1 (approximately 9 ounces) package cheese tortellini, cooked and drained
2 cups shredded red cabbage
6 cups shredded fresh spinach
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
½ cup sliced scallions
1 (8 ounce) bottle Ranch salad dressing
¼ cup imitation bacon bits, if desired
In a large glass bowl (or trifle bowl), layer cabbage, spinach, tortellini, tomatoes and scallions. Pour dressing over top and sprinkle with imitation bacon bits, if desired. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
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