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Summer Recipes: Appetizer, Entree, Dessert

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Does anyone else seem to "eat by the season?" There are a few dishes I am always in the mood for, but when summertime rolls around I tend to lean toward easy, fresh meals with summer flavors. I'm linking up with some lovelies today to share my favorite appetizer, entree, and dessert during these hot months.

1. Appetizer: Summer Salad. That's what I call this concoction -- I'm not sure that's the official name for it, though. ;) This is a great and easy dish to throw together to bring to parties, which I've done several times. Trust me, you won't be disappointed!


2 cucumbers- cut up, 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes (about 30), 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, 1 cup fresh mozzarella (I like to use the little balls), 1 avocado, 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, Salt and pepper to taste.

2. Entree: Fresh Lemon Pasta. This is a recipe from the NYT you can't go wrong with. It is extremely simple to make, has the freshest (not overpowering) lemon flavor, and is a great summer dish if you're craving pasta but want a lighter taste to it than your typical marinara or cream sauce. Recipe is linked here: https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/8355-creamy-lemon-pasta 


3. Dessert: Donut Kabobs. Next to only the ice cream truck, this dessert screams summer. Take vanilla (or chocolate, whichever you prefer) glazed donut holes and stack them with fresh berries: strawberries, blackberries, or whatever you like best.

image via (and a recipe too!)

What are your summer favorites?

12 comments:

  1. Donuts on a kabob are clever! I'd want to dip all of them in chocolate and take the ice cream too!!! I would want the summer salad with the lemon pasta- great idea!! - Shannon @slayitagainshan.com

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    1. Ooooh dipping them in chocolate is a fantastic idea! Let me know if you try the lemon pasta -- it's so tasty!

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  2. Those kabobs are making me so hungry now. what a fun idea!

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    1. Me too, haha! They're so easy, too, and travel well so they're good for summer parties. :)

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  3. Those kabobs are so fun! My kids would love making them. That salad looks so yummy as well. My family would love this entire meal.

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    1. That's a great idea -- it never occurred to me how easy it is to let kids help with the kabobs! Let me know if you try any of it. I love the freshness of the salad. :)

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  4. I love that first salad. I always eat it, but never make it and now I need to. That lemon pasta sounds sooooo good.

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    1. It's so easy to make, which is nice! I love things with only a few ingredients haha.

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  5. Oh goodness, donut kabobs are such a cute idea!! And that first salad sounds delicious!

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    1. Thanks Emily! Can't go wrong with either, right?! Let me know if you try them!

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  6. I am definitely a seasonal eater! Those donut kabbobs would be such a hit with my kids! Sierra Beautifully Candid

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    1. Same with us! Gotta love kid-friendly recipes. :)

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