Tomatoes & Burrata with Crispy Shallot Vinaigrette

Tomatoes & Burrata with Crispy Shallot Vinaigrette

The simplest dish to savor the end of summer: tomatoes & burrata with crispy shallot vinaigrette. Beautiful heirloom tomatoes, creamy burrata cheese, crispy shallots & garlic, a really flavorful vinaigrette, and lots of fresh herbs. Serve it with toasted bread alongside for the most show-stopping appetizer or side dish. It’s a unique take on a simple tomato salad that you can serve with just about any summer meal! Continue reading “Tomatoes & Burrata with Crispy Shallot Vinaigrette”

Marinated Stone Fruit Caprese Salad

Marinated Stone Fruit Caprese Salad

There’s nothing like a sweet & savory marinated stone fruit caprese salad to celebrate summer! The fruit is tossed with red wine vinegar, honey, olive oil, and plenty of herbs. After a quick marinade, it’s all spooned over creamy buffalo mozzarella cheese. It’s the quickest “no recipe” kind of recipe to throw together if you need a last minute appetizer or side dish. You can serve it with toasted bread or just eat it as is! Continue reading “Marinated Stone Fruit Caprese Salad”

Prosciutto and Melon

Prosciutto and Melon with Balsamic Shallots

This prosciutto and melon salad is the perfect simple summer appetizer or side dish! Sweet cantaloupe topped with prosciutto, balsamic soaked shallots, toasted pine nuts, lemon, parmesan, and basil. It’s my version of the classic sweet & savory Italian dish…and it is simply the perfect combination of flavors. Continue reading “Prosciutto and Melon with Balsamic Shallots”

Marinated Tomato Toast

Marinated Tomato Toast with Creme Fraiche & Herbs

This last-minute easy appetizer is exactly what you need to start a summer meal: marinated tomato toast with creme fraiche & herbs. Thick slices of fresh bread toasted in olive oil, then topped with a swoosh of creme fraiche and a mound of herb and vinegar marinated cherry tomatoes. I’d say it’s the definition of summer in a bite! Continue reading “Marinated Tomato Toast with Creme Fraiche & Herbs”

Burrata with Balsamic Strawberries & Basil

Burrata with Balsamic Strawberries & Basil

Sharing a festive summer appetizer for your Fourth of July weekend: burrata with balsamic strawberries & basil! This dish is so simple, yet bursting with sweet and savory fresh summer flavor. Creamy burrata cheese topped with both jammy balsamic strawberries and fresh marinated strawberries…with honey, red pepper flakes, and lemon running throughout. Continue reading “Burrata with Balsamic Strawberries & Basil”

Summer Mezze Platter

Summer Mezze Platter with Yogurt Marinated Lamb Skewers

Sharing a summer mezze platter with yogurt marinated American lamb skewers today! This is the ultimate outdoor feast, with lots of flavorful recipes and ingredients making up this festive spread. And of course, the star of the show is the grilled lamb. It’s marinated in a turmeric spiced yogurt mixture and grilled over hot flames until juicy & tender. Continue reading “Summer Mezze Platter with Yogurt Marinated Lamb Skewers”

Charred Eggplant Dip

Charred Eggplant Dip with Toasted Sesame Chili Oil

A smoky charred eggplant dip (or “baba ganoush”) drizzled with toasted sesame chili oil and fresh herbs. It’s an incredibly flavorful dip that makes for the perfect easy appetizer to a Mediterranean summer meal. Serve it with warm pita bread for dipping and a very generous drizzle of that chili oil! Continue reading “Charred Eggplant Dip with Toasted Sesame Chili Oil”

Chorizo Queso

Chorizo Queso with Homemade Tortilla Chips

The most delicious dip to kick off your Cinco de Mayo feast: chorizo queso with homemade tortilla chips! It’s a little spicy, extra cheesy, and full of smoky chorizo sausage. Top it with fresh cilantro, radishes, and jalapeños for an extra kick. Such an easy appetizer that everyone will love.

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Spring Toast

Spring Toast Three Ways

Spring toast three different ways, each one involving a really delicious combination of flavors. The bread is toasted in olive oil until golden brown, then loaded with simple toppings. We’ve got a jam & prosciutto ricotta toast, avocado toast with browned butter sesame seeds, and burrata toast with radishes and arugula pesto! Continue reading “Spring Toast Three Ways”

Sweet Potato Cakes

Sweet Potato Cakes with Dill Yogurt Sauce

Simple sweet potato cakes to kick off the weekend! Grated sweet potatoes mixed with eggs, scallions, and smoked paprika…pan-fried until crisp and served with a lemony dill yogurt sauce. These are such a great springtime appetizer, snack, or side dish made with very minimal ingredients! Continue reading “Sweet Potato Cakes with Dill Yogurt Sauce”