Summer is heating up, which means many of us are craving lighter, chilled foods to keep us feeling cool and fresh. Summer sausage is the ideal ingredient for summertime meals, as it doesn’t require cooking or heating up your kitchen using the stove or oven. This makes it the perfect protein source for all your summer meals.
Here are a few of the many ways you can use summer sausage as an ingredient in these popular summertime dishes.
Protein-Packed Pasta Salad
Add diced summer sausage, as well as your favorite veggies, to cold pasta salad for a quick and easy lunch packed with protein, or a delicious side dish to serve at your next cookout or get-together. This dish stores well in the fridge and is best served chilled, so there is no heating involved when eating at work or serving at a party. No-heat dishes are super convenient, especially in situations where obtaining access to a kitchen may be difficult or even impossible, like a summer picnic in the park.
Fresh Vegetable Salad With a Kick
Like the pasta salad mentioned above, a fresh vegetable salad topped with summer sausage, like our Ragin’ Cajun Summer Sausage, is the perfect chilled, summertime dish with a kick. It’s also highly customizable, as you can add whichever veggies you like (or happen to have on hand), as well as toppings such as cheese, sunflower seeds, fruit, or dressing. This is a great, light lunch or afternoon snack that is sure to keep you full until dinner, thanks to the added protein from the sausage.
Sweet and Spicy Sausage Sandwiches
Serve chilled summer sausage sliced on sweet Hawaiian rolls along with a slice of Swiss cheese and spicy mustard for some sweet and spicy sandwiches for lunch or dinner. These are great served alongside a fruit salad and are perfect for packing in a lunch box. They also make great finger foods at a party, and they are so easy to put together, you won’t mind making plenty to go around.
Nothing is better than food on a stick, but sometimes it’s just too hot to grill up traditional kebabs. On those hot summer days, these cold kebabs are the perfect solution. Simply place cubed summer sausage, cubed cheese, and cherry tomatoes on a skewer and serve cold. Just like the sandwiches above, these are great for lunch or for a gathering. To add a sweet touch, serve these savory kebabs alongside some fruit kebabs.
Traditional Summer Sausage Tray
Of course, the easiest way to serve summer sausage is in the traditional way, with cheese and crackers on the side for creating tiny cracker sandwiches. There is a reason this method of serving summer sausage has been around such a long time. It’s simple, perfect for parties, and gives party guests the opportunity to customize their little sandwiches. There is absolutely no shame in using your summer sausage in this way at your next event or even in your lunch pail, but be sure to try out some of the options mentioned above as well.
These are just a few of the fantastic summertime recipes you can whip up with our delicious, gourmet summer sausages. At Deli Direct we offer two flavors of summer sausage, as well as a fat-free version, so you can decide which one suits you best—or order all three! Don’t forget to order some of our wonderful cheeses as well. These pair perfectly with any sausage and are an excellent addition to all the dishes listed above.
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