It’s time to fire up the grill and throw some shrimp on the barbie! The lightly charred, smokey flavor from the grill provides the perfect contrast to the garlic, basil and lemon-marinaded shrimp. This recipe is almost too good to be true.
The countdown to summer has officially begun, so it’s time to fire up the grill! Whip up some of this delicious eggplant–the flavor of the smokey, grilled vegetable pairs perfectly with the caprese salsa topping.
If you’ve never made tomato sauce from fresh tomatoes, I highly suggest taking the extra step. Although I have nothing against canned tomatoes, there’s nothing like the flavor that fresh tomatoes provide. Pour this sauce atop spaghetti or chicken Parmesan, and you’ve got yourself a delicious meal!
I love classic hummus, but this sun-dried tomato and basil hummus takes the dip to the next level. The flavors blend together perfectly, and the toasted pine nuts provide a nutty and buttery flavor. This hummus would be great to serve at any dinner party!
I’m taking a short break from hearty fall recipes to feature this refreshing and healthy couscous salad. I know I often rave about recipes being the ideal appetizer/side dish/main course to serve dinner guests, but I’m pretty sure this one trumps all.
The salad is fresh and full of flavor. It can easily be made vegetarian by omitting the chicken and cheese, and making a basil vinaigrette, instead of a mayo-based dressing. The basil dressing is one of my favorite components; however, I use it sparingly, as it defeats the healthy aspect of the dish. :)
Here’s another simple, delicious and fool-proof summer side dish–the ever famous caprese salad. The key ingredient to this particular caprese? Heirloom tomatoes, of course.
If you’ve ever tasted a slice of a juicy, ripe, melt-in-your-mouth heirloom, you can understand the difference they make in this salad. Not only do heirloom tomatoes taste better, but they also make for a more colorful and visually appealing dish.
I’m hopping on a plane to New York tonight, so I won’t be back until early next week. I can’t wait to share all of the delicious food I plan on eating during my visit. Ciao for now!