Healthy Garden-Fresh Recipes
Zucchini Pesto with Crudités
Small bites allow for more conversation while entertaining. Serve this summery appetizer on a platter than can be passed and shared. The cooked zucchini is delicious on its own (try it as a spread) and even better blended with almonds, fresh herbs, and cheese. Garnish with a little extra cheese, if desired.
Goat Cheese Crostini with Watermelon-Beet Salsa
You can use any type of beet, or substitute chopped tomato or more watermelon. Juicy produce adds a nice balance to the tangy flavor of the goat cheese, without becoming runny or mushy. These mini crostinis make for the perfect appetizer for a crowd, or a fun summertime snack
To get a half-salted rim, you'll need to start with a tablespoon of salt—but only about 1 teaspoon ends up sticking to the glasses.
Spicy Squash Pickles
Melanie's Garden-Tomato Soup
Slap the verbena leaves lightly between your palms before you garnish to release essential oils. For ease, make the simple syrup a day ahead and mix just before serving. Opt for a floral honey here, like blueberry or orange blossom. The unique qualities of the honey you use will really shine is this refreshing cocktail.
Summer Veggie Rice Bowl
Caprese "Salsa" Zucchini with Sea Salt
Find all the fresh flavor of a Caprese salad with the addition of pan-grilled zucchini in this superfast side dish. For more tender zucchini, leave slices in the pan an extra 1 minute on each side. When the flesh starts to look translucent, the zucchini is done.
Cucumber-Lime Infused Gin and Tonic
Make the gin mixture ahead or let stand at room temp 3 hours. When entertaining, keep an ice bucket, extra utensils, and plenty of napkins handy so guests can help themselves—and so you won't have to be in and out of the kitchen.
Garden Harvest Cake
Spicy Basil-Beef Salad
Marinated Peppers and Mozzarella
Sweet Heat Arnold Palmer
Mocktails need not be boring: A habanero chile adds welcome kick to a classic layered Arnold Palmer. The trick to layering beverages is to add liquids to the glass in order of most to least dense. We put most of the sugar into the lemonade (the denser liquid), so be sure to swirl before swigging.
Herby Cucumber Salad
Bulgur, Mint, and Parsley Salad
Mixed Bean-Cherry Tomato Salad with Basil Vinaigrette
Roasted Eggplants with Herbs
A simple preparation yields irresistible results with roasted eggplant. Use very firm, small eggplants; if young and fresh enough, they won't be bitter.
Quick Pickled Dilly Green Beans
Smoky Tomato Salsa
Grilled Stuffed Jalapeños
Spiced Marinated Tomatoes
Summer Squash Pizza
Black-Eyed Pea and Tomato Salsa
Frozen Mint Margaritas
Grilled Zucchini Caprese Stacks
What a showcase for garden treasures! Rainbow layers of veggies benefit from extra basil tucked inbetween for more flavor. Grilling brings out earthy tones that are balanced out by the tangy-sweet balsamic glaze.