Can-do Summer

READ® Salads & Aunt Nellie’s® Are Making it a CAN-DO Summer!

This is it. The summer we’ve been waiting for – the summer where we CAN DO all the things we’ve been missing; with all the people we’ve been missing.  From driving to the beach to flying cross country; camping in a national park or catching a fly ball at a Major League ballpark; attending major concerts with friends or a wedding with the entire family.  We can now do it all!

READ Salads and Aunt Nellie’s want to help you make the most of this epic summer with prizes and delicious recipes for perfect food pairings to match your summer CAN-DO list.

CAN-DO Summer Winner

Week 5

Congratulations to Leisha S from Texas, who is the final winner in the “CAN-DO Summer” giveaway! Leisha wants to do a little “dancing under the stars” this summer and as the song says, “The stars at night are big and bright … deep in the heart of Texas!”  Leisha will be receiving a case each of products from READ Salads and Aunt Nellie’s as well as a $50 gift card.

While Leisha gets her dancing shoes out, we’ll share two recipes that can turn any summer night into a celebration that calls for dancing.


Our Suggestions for a Summer Night Under the Stars

There’s something special about enjoying great food and drinks al fresco, and when you’re doing it under a star-lit sky on a clear summer night, everything seems to taste better. Try out this fun summer cocktail from Aunt Nellie’s and then tuck into a steak dinner made delicious with READ 3 Bean Salad.

Shaken Beet Margaritas

(makes 4 servings)

Get the party started right with a round of Shaken Beet Margaritas, which are as delicious as they are beautiful! Tequila comes together with the gorgeous fuschia liquid from a jar of Aunt Nellie’s pickled beets, a splash of club soda and a hit of fresh lime juice for a cocktail that says “let’s dance!

Click here for the complete recipe!

3 Bean & Steak Salad

(makes 6 servings)

Savory steak tops an abundant pile of tangy green arugula and it’s all pulled together with the bright flavor and toothsome texture of READ 3 Bean Salad and a zingy lemon vinaigrette. (Pro tip: can also add your own flair by grilling the steak instead of pan-cooking it if you like.) This dish feels like a fancy night out!

Click here for the complete recipe!

And while our list of weekly winners is now complete, there will be new opportunities to win coupons for READ Salads and Aunt Nellie’s vegetables.  Follow the brands on Instagram and Facebook, where you can help us identify the absolute most popular CAN-DO activities for summer, culled from the nearly 35,000 entries we received for the “CAN-DO Summer” giveaway.  There are still weeks and weeks left to enjoy summer, so make the most of it while you can!

Past Winners

Week 4

CAN-DO Summer Winner Week 4

Congratulations to Patrice P. from South Carolina, who is our newest winner in the “CAN-DO Summer” giveaway! Patrice is excited about being able to go to farmers markets to buy farm-fresh produce and enjoy the outdoors until fall sets in.

We salute you, Patrice!  Farmers markets are the best. There are so many delicious recipes that are made better by farm-fresh fruits and vegetables! There is a case each of READ Salads and Aunt Nellie’s vegetables plus a $50 gift card on its way to Patrice.

We are excited to share two recipes that highlight the bounty of summer backed up with the convenience and flavor of READ Salads and Aunt Nellie’s vegetables. There’s one more week left to enter – we will pick our fifth and final winner on Friday, July 23!


Our Suggestions for Your Farmer’s Market Harvest

Farmer’s Markets are every cook’s and eater’s favorite summer destination! The array of farm-fresh produce and the ability to get to know the people who grow it somehow makes everything you make taste better. From sweet juicy tomatoes to vibrant salad greens, it’s easy to make a delicious meal with a little help from READ and Aunt Nellie’s.

Easy BLT Potato SaladEasy BLT Potato Salad

(makes 4 servings)

This fresh favorite is easy and quick to make and put summer’s sweetest tomatoes and peppery arugula on a pedestal, alongside READ German Potato Salad and smoky bacon. It’s a marvelous summer meal in a bowl! It’s great served chilled and super packable for a picnic, too!

Click here for the complete recipe!

Pickled Beet & Lentil Salad with Tahini Lemon Dressing

(makes 6 servings)

Pick up some cucumbers and cherry tomatoes at the farmer’s market and a jar of Aunt Nellie’s Pickled Beets and a few other ingredients at the supermarket and you’ll have the makings of this glorious salad. It’s dressed up with a bright vinaigrette of lemon juice, tahini (sesame seed paste) and garlic for a delicious summer meal or side dish. What a great way to celebrate your farmer’s market bounty!

Click here for the complete recipe!

Week 3

CAN-DO Summer Winner Week 3

Congratulations to Ann Marie M from New York, our latest “CAN-DO Summer” winner! Ann Marie is excited about “Traveling and knocking states off her bucket list.” We say, “Pack your bags, Ann Marie, and don’t forget to bring some delicious portable meals!” We’ll be sending a case each of READ and Aunt Nellie’s products to Ann Marie, along with a $50 gift card to make her next trip the best ever.

Of course, we have two tempting recipes that are easy to enjoy on-the-go. We also have TWO MORE prize packages to give away in our CAN-DO Summer contest. We are receiving thousands of entries weekly and love seeing everyone’s enthusiasm for this CAN-DO Summer! Enter by July 16 and another winner will be announced on July 19.


Our Suggestion for a Summer Car Trip

Pack a suitcase and pack a cooler with delicious snack and lunch options that will make any summer trip delicious and memorable. Find a scenic spot, spread a blanket and enjoy the sights and the bites this summer!

Chicken Corn Chowder Hand Pies

(makes 8 servings)

These tasty and portable hand pies are perfect for a picnic break during a car trip. A tender, savory crust contains rich creamed corn (you could substitute fresh if you like!), tangy READ German potato salad and shredded rotisserie chicken. It’s a complete meal that’s a perfect “take-and-bake” lunch treat!

Click here for the complete recipe!



Beet & Spinach Wraps

(makes 16 servings)

These delicious wraps are easy to make and taste great. Tangy, bright Aunt Nellie’s pickled beets are tucked into whole wheat tortillas alongside creamy hummus, fresh baby spinach leaves and deli turkey meat for a meal that’s light, satisfying and packed with protein to keep your tank full for summer adventures!

Click here for the complete recipe!

Week 2

CAN-DO Summer Winner Week 2

Congratulations to our newest “CAN-DO Summer” winner Tamara B from Alabama! Tamara has “a long morning walk on the beach” on her Summer CAN-DO list. That sounds delightful and Tamara will be receiving a case each of READ and Aunt Nellie’s products and a $50 gift card.

We have two perfect recipes that will help make Tamara’s morning walk the start of a perfect summer day. And we also have THREE more prize packages to give away in our CAN-DO Summer contest. Tell us what’s on your CAN-DO list by July 9 and watch for another winner to be announced.



Our Recommendation for a Sunrise Stroll:

Lace up your sneakers and greet the summer sunrise for an early morning walk. READ and Aunt Nellie’s have breakfast covered with two delicious recipes suggestions.

German Potato Breakfast Casserole

(makes 8 servings)

You can make this savory breakfast dish the night before if you want and even take a slice with you for a breakfast picnic during your morning walk. It’s a great way to greet the day, with tangy potatoes, crunchy red peppers, creamy eggs and rich cheddar cheese.

Click here for the complete recipe!

Beet Pancakes with Beet-Berry Syrup

(makes 16 servings)

You might be tempted to pick up the pace on your walk with the anticipation of this delicious breakfast. Packed with healthy antioxidants, this is a good and good-for-you meal. The Beet-Berry Syrup adds beautiful color and a pop of sweetness.

Click here for the complete recipe!

Week 1

CAN-DO Summer Winner Week 1

Congratulations to our first “CAN-DO Summer” winner Megan S. from Louisiana! Megan’s CAN-DO list includes “Getting the whole family together for a backyard BBQ and visit.” Megan is receiving a case each of READ and Aunt Nellie’s products plus a $50 gift card to make her backyard BBQ even more awesome!

Check out the two recipes bellow that will make any backyard BBQ more delicious. We’ve got four more prize packages to give away, so tell us what’s on your Summer CAN-DO list by July 2 and we’ll post a new winner next week!


Our Recommendation for a Summer BBQ:

Grab your friends, neighbors & family, and reconnect with a backyard bbq! Here are some great recipes from READ and Aunt Nellie’s to serve up next time you all get together outside.

Ruby Beet Chicken Salad Skewers with Citrus-Stone Ground Mustard Vinaigrette

(makes 8 servings)

These colorful and flavorful skewers are like a salad on a stick! Packed with juicy roast chicken bites, tangy beets, sweet grapes and crisp lettuce, dressed up with a savory vinaigrette, these are a light and delicious option for any backyard gathering.

Click here for the complete recipe!

Caprese Three-Bean & Salami Salad

(makes 16 servings)

Caprese salad is a summer favorite and this recipe is a great-tasting merger of classic Caprese flavors, accented with READ 3-bean salad and hearty salami. It’s an easy make-ahead dish that will be a crowd-pleaser. Not only is it delicious, it’s also packed with protein!

Click here for the complete recipe!

Take a look at some other fantastic CAN-DO summer activities that were shared.

A summer road trip through the southwest.

Michelle R

I CAN make a difference this summer. I have been volunteering at our local homeless shelter twice a month and helping to serve dinner and donate time and money to make a difference!

Alana N

Beach day with the grandkids.

Vickie W

Family lake days.

Stephanie S

Camping and spending time with Family and Friends,eating some good food!

Mary M

We are teaching our boys how to play T-ball and baseball! They have been so excited to learn!

Megan A

Visiting friends and family I haven’t seen in over a year!

Rose P

Visit an ole’ college buddy.

Jesse E

The activity at the top of my CAN-DO list is family get-togethers. My state is opening up more and more after the virus and I want to get back to having more family get-to-gathers.

Barbara C

Take my little one to the Wisconsin state fair for the first time!

Monika M

Sunrise walks on the beach hunting for shark teeth!

Elena G

State Fair.

Rory H

Start going back to the gym now that I’m vaccinated.

Patty M

Start buying trendy clothes again since I will be going out.

Jackeline B

Spending time with my mother who I haven’t seen in 1 1/2 years.

Michele G

Seeing my brother for the first time since the pandemic.

Brenda K

See friends I haven’t seen in over a year.

Zenna W

Road trip through U.S.

Jelena Z

Reunite with extended family.

Leola J

My favorite summer activity is taking my two kids hiking around my house. I put my 6 month old in a carrier and my two year old walks. We find a lovely spot and have a little picnic.

Christal T

Learn something new! I’m nearly forty and will start learning jujitsu.

Neil R

Hug my grandchildren!

Elena G

Hiking the local trails with my family

Tamara R

Have a gathering of friends and family after the long pandemic separation!

Judy N

Hanging out at the cabin with friends.


Going to Yellowstone National Park cannot wait to see the park’s beauty and take a lot of pictures.

Jayne H

Going to Spokane, WA, to meet and greet the birth of my grandchild.

Edward O

Go to an Amusement Park.

Sandy K

Getting a drink with friends at a Sports Bar.

Leon K

Get together for picnics, parties, anything to be with family and friends.

Marymargaret W

Get back together with our special Olympic athletes who have been wanting to have in-person practices!

Anita K

Flying to VA to see my daughter.

Laura H

Finally getting back on the ice to play women’s ice hockey with my friends!

Judith B

Explore local areas that are new to me since I recently moved to a new state and last year I was unable to explore due to Covid.

Dorothy S


Merit H

Epic trip to GA to see my bestie and her family.

Tracie C

Drive up the California Coast…Los Angeles to Big Sur.

Anna A

Doing all the things I could not do because of Covid.

Maria C

Definitely to take my daughter on a trip to splash lagoon finally

Nina D

Creating a show-stopping flower bed!

Gaye W

Climbing a peak in Glacier National Park!

Cassie V

Camping with my grandkids. It is my favorite summer activity. I absolutely love the time we spend in the great outdoors together no phones no tvs or video games just family time. It is wonderful to spend that time with them.

Tina B

A first time road trip with my younger sister! Going to Texas to visit long distance relatives! She lives in Colorado and just retired from school teaching this year so she finally has time to go. I live in Utah and retired 1 1/2 years ago from being a Physical Therapist for 42 years! We felt like Thelma and Louise but without the movie ending! Looking forward to southern food, friends, and activities!

Patricia P

Besides teaching our boys to play baseball..I will be spending lots of time floating in the pool!

Megan A

At the top of my CAN DO list is completing my garden.

Brenda K

A major road trip to our National Parks.

Betty K

A lakeside reunion with friends from all over the country.

Marlene S

A family barbecue.

Donna F

A beach vacation – finally!

Rick C