Hey guys, I don’t know if the rest of the country is feeling it, but we’ve had a steady run of highs in the mid to upper 90’s down here in Houston since E.J. and I returned from vacation. I’m not generally a fan of the heat – my idea for surviving June-September is simply moving between A/C and the pool, but warmer temperatures do mean it’s time for grilled meats and fresh summer produce. The strawberries we’re getting in the stores this year are amazing, and I’m looking for new ways to incorporate fresh fruits and veggies into some lighter dishes.
Here are some of the summery dishes we’ve really enjoyed recently:
- Sweet Potato Salad – this one has been on my Favorites page for awhile, but it continues to be a crowd pleaser. I broke this out for EJ’s National Guard leaders when they came over one evening during their Annual Training and they all loved it.
- Asparagus Basil Salad – As a Whole30 compliant side dish, this one is amazing. I served it as a side for Prociutto wrapped Cod. The dijon mustard and spices blend well with the avocado and tomatoes, and I’m sure this will be making several more appearances this summer.
- Coconut Lime Chicken – I used the Instant Pot method for this recipe and was pleasantly surprised… the flavors are a bit different than what I’m used to, but with enough salt to balance the sour and spicy, it’s really, really good. I will definitely make this again.
- Spinach and Strawberry Salad – I’ve been making this one for awhile, and it’s a great use of those fresh strawberries I mentioned. I like to top it with pecan or walnut oil and a blueberry or date balsamic vinegar.