By Karin Calloway

Karin Calloway is a working mom living in Augusta, Ga., with multiple freelance jobs and a ton of dirty dishes.

Sensational Salads

A salad supper is perfect when entertaining during the summer months. Offer your guests something cool to drink and then impress them with a selection of flavorful salads from this month's easy menu. Green Gazpacho with a bevy of garnishes is a cool way to start the meal. Chinese Chicken Salad, with a creamy dressing and loads of crunch, is a flavorful contrast to White Bean, Arugula and Shrimp Salad or Green Bean Salad with Bacon and Walnuts. Finish the menu with Oatmeal Chocolate Tarts, which are dense and crumbly and perfect with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


Lemon-Pecan Tassies
Dessert is often a quandary at parties in which heavy hors d’oeuvres are served, since opting for a classic dessert requires plates and forks or spoons. These Lemon-Pecan Tassies fill the bill. They’re pretty and not too sweet.
Chinese Chicken Salad
Asian-inspired salads are available at restaurants of all varieties – from those with white tablecloths to those with drive-through windows. Bring the flavor home with this easy Chinese Chicken Salad.
Chocolate-Oat Tarts
There’s something supremely comforting about oats. From oatmeal for breakfast to oatmeal cookies, cooking with oats adds special hominess to almost anything.
Green Bean Salad with Bacon and Walnuts
Fresh green beans are plentiful year round and they’re delicious in this warm salad. Serve it as part of an all-salad summer menu, but hang on to the recipe to serve as a side dish during the holidays. It’s a great vegetable accompaniment to Thanksgiving turkey or Christmas prime rib.
Green Gazpacho
Gazpacho is a wonderful cold soup that’s usually made of tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and bell peppers. This green version is packed with cool cucumbers and it’s a great way to start a summer meal.