This is the first summer in a very long time where I’ve had to step away from the soup ladle. You see, I generally eat soup for lunch all year ’round. It’s a food I never really get tired of, since there’s so many varieties. My grocery store always tempts me with a variety of homemade soups, but I’ll often whip up a big batch of my own, too.
But this summer has been strange in Michigan. It hasn’t been hot, but it’s been humid. And sitting around my house, sweating for no reason other than the suffocating amount of moisture in the air, does not put me in the mood for hot soup. So I’ve decided to take many of the elements of one of my favorite soups and turn them into a cold salad that will keep me cool.
Today, I’m partnering with The Beef Checkoff today to bring you guys this great Mini Meatball Minestrone Salad recipe. Not only is lean beef easy to prepare and delicious, but it contains ten essential nutrients that your body will appreciate, like iron, zinc and protein. With so many different cuts of beef to choose from, it’s simple to create a healthy meal the whole family can enjoy.
When I started coming up with the idea of a minestrone salad, mini meatballs popped into my head right away. This recipe would also be great with thinly sliced steak, but aren’t mini meatballs more fun? They make me laugh for some reason. And laughing while eating a cold salad is better than sweating while eating hot soup, right?
Mini Meatball Minestrone Salad
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