Mayo-Free Side Salads — Weekend Cookout

by in Recipes, June 22nd, 2013

Roasted-Pepper Pasta SaladThis summer, Food Network’s Grilling Central is packed with recipes for the entire family’s taste buds, boasting the best in burgers, dogs, chicken and more all season long. But with so many recipes, where do you start? Each Friday, FN Dish is giving you a complete menu that is stress-free, and this weekend’s spread will be rounded out with sun-safe side dishes free of mayonnaise.

When temperatures spike and it becomes hot and humid outside, you may be tempted to turn your alfresco soiree into an indoor, air-conditioned bash for fear of unknowingly eating heat-spoiled dishes. But while you should always be sure to keep all food — whether it’s served outdoors or not — at appropriate warm and cold temperatures, you can decrease your risk of foodborne illness at outdoor cookouts by cutting one key ingredient from your side dish spread: mayonnaise. Mayo is made largely of egg yolks, and as they tend to spoil quickly, they’re especially prone to bacterial growth if left in the heat for hours at a time. Instead of trying to time your salad servings or shuttling the dishes between inside and outside, make mayonnaise-free recipes. Thanks to citrus-based dressings and simple vinaigrettes, these made-over sides are every bit as flavorful and satisfying as their creamy counterparts.

Ready to eat in just 30 quick minutes, Food Network Magazine‘s Roasted-Pepper Pasta Salad (pictured above) is a go-to potluck dish or simple side with which to entertain. This easy dish boasts crunchy almonds, sweet sauteed bell peppers and bite-size mozzarella balls mixed with short pasta and a lemon-olive oil topping. Finish the salad with a sprinkle of fragrant basil to add freshness and a burst of color.

While most potato salads are traditionally tossed in a mayonnaise-based mixture, Rachael’s Grilled Potato Salad, however, boasts the flavor of a red wine vinaigrette instead. She coats Yukon golds in rosemary and seasoning, then grills them and serves them with arugula. “When you grill potatoes they will be slightly drier than when you use other methods of cooking,” Rachael says. “By adding the potatoes to the dressing while they are hot, they really will soak in the dressing.”

Grilled Summer SquashLooking for a vegetable-based side dish? Try Food Network Magazine‘s Grilled Summer Squash (pictured right). Here, sliced onion and squash are grilled, then tossed with lemon juice and olive oil, plus a duo of herbs and ricotta salata cheese, for a fuss-free 15-minute side.

Appetizer: Grilled Corn Salsa
Main Dish: Grilled Link Hot Dogs with Homemade Pickle Relish
Side Dish: Roasted-Pepper Pasta Salad (pictured top)
Dessert: Classic Lemon Bars 
Cocktail: Campari Spritzer 

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Comments (44)

  1. cassi says:

    Plenty of my friends and family will stay tuned to FOOD NETWORK!!! AWESOME WORK!!!

  2. Ann Roberts says:

    Don't fire Paula, come on. Look how the many people on your shows curse and say terrible things to each other that are bleeped out. Lets look into these past shows and see who else you should fire..umm Gordon Ramsay…

  3. Mack says:

    Food Network is run by leftwing activist with an agenda, boycott all shows, magazines and sponsors.

    if they are going to dig into the past 20 years for Paula, we can also do an independent investigation of all food network show hosts, employees , staff and managers.

    good luck with your decision to flush your network down the toilet!

  4. Gkayindy says:

    Very disappointed in Food Network. I couldn't have said it any better than how the Paula Fan above did.

    To the producers and commercial backers of Food Network – have you ever said or done something that you now regret? Paula took the high road and addressed the American public up front and personal – apologizing. When was the last time you heard anyone take ownership of their mistakes instead of denying it, or blaming it on someone or something else? She's a class act – you guys could learn a few things from her.

    Food Network, on the other hand, took the low road and rather than backing one of their most beloved hosts, they kick her to the street. Shameful.

  5. WE GROW UP says:

    I am a 60 year old black female. I will no longer watch foodnetwork without Paula. all of us have said things in the past, but we grow and things change for the good. BYE BYE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Veronica Davis says:

    UNBELIEVABLE! I am very disappointed in the decision to fire Paula for something that she said in the past! She was a ray of sunshine on your network! It seems as though your network will be losing many viewers, including me, for this ridiculous and rash decision. I hope that she is able to find another network or start her own and show you that most people do not hold others accountable for their actions in the past. Shame on all of you!

  7. Missy says:

    People who live in glass houses, have NO BUSINESS throwing stones !!
    Pretty sure you're going to regret your decision to fire Paula… as she will
    be just fine, you, however, will never survive the backlash !!! Good luck

  8. JusticeServed says:

    So happy they got rid of her. I will watch even more to support Food Network and their stand against racism.

    • Terry says:

      JusticeServed you are in the minority as far as I'm concerned Food Network is a thing of the past. Paula we'll be looking for you on another network if you choose to do that. Love you and loved your show.

  9. Donna says:

    I am very proud of Food Network.

    This controversy has been around for far over a year. Food Network did their due diligence in waiting for the evidence to come out. Deen was accused of being abusive to her employees in the work place. Once she bore witness against herself, they did the right thing. They must hold to their standards.

    • Ralph says:

      THEN LIVE WITH IT BECAUSE YOU WILL GO UNDER AND ALL THE TRASH YOU ALLOW TO BE SAID ON THE AIR AND YOU JUST BLEEP IT–YOU WILL PAY AND DEARLY AND ALL THIS RACIAL TRASH–AS IF THE NEGROS DON'T SLUR THE WHITES –IT IS ON THE AIR EVERYDAY-ESPECIALLY THE BLACK PREACHERS–THEIR LEADERS—ISN'T THAT IRONIC THAT THEIR GOD FEARING LEADERS ARE THEIR MOST RACIAL LEADERS—ARE THEY ASHAMED OF BEING NEGROS????

  10. Ann says:

    I really don't watch Foodnetwork anymore because I am tired of reruns. After I've seen the same show a few times, I get it, and since most episodes are old or people I can't bear to watch, I have slowly tuned out.
    I never liked to watch Paula Deen because of her Southern accent, but have said to many times to count that I have no doubt she is the best cook Food network has.
    I am amazed that she was fired when she did nothing on Foodnetwork to discredit herself. At least she didn't dance or speak vulgar words or insinuations on her show. Food Network didn't seem to have a dog in the fight over what was going on in her personal and business life. Shame on them.
    One person won't make a difference in speaking poorly of Food Networks decision to sever their relationship with Paula, but I'm guessing she will appear on a grander scale elsewhere.
    I'm history with Food Network.

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