Want to make a splash at your next summer party, picnic or cookout?
Wouldn’t you just love to surprise your friends with mouth watering,
“almost-gourmet” summer dishes–even though you’re not a pro?
Are you concerned about pleasing both vegan and non-vegan guests?
Or do you dread summer cookouts and barbecues because you are not
quite sure which healthy, yet tasty vegan recipes to prepare?
Relax and be a guest at your own party for a change!
Make summer entertaining easy this season with a ‘prepare-ahead” menu
of delicious, yet simple to make summer dishes, drinks and desserts.
What is a Summer Party Without Salads?
Raw Vegan Detox Herb Papaya Salad
Frugivore’s Detox Herb-Papaya Salad is designed to give your body the break it’s begging for.
Full of flavor and antioxidants from the fresh herbs, the ingredients in this salad are designed to
help you rejuvenate and refresh yourself, which is great for the summer season.
Simple Vegan White Bean Dip with Raw Veggies
Looking for a tasty, creamy dip to pair with the fresh, organic summer veggies in
your raw vegetable platter?
Savvy Brown created this quick, easy recipe for a Simple Vegan White Bean Dip
that is loaded with protein and gives you something super-yummy to dip your
Arugula Apple Salad with Carrot Ribbons & Walnut Miso Dressing
This bright, fresh spin on Arugula Apple Salad by The Recipe Renovator was inspired by
Nancy Hachisu’s Japanese Farm Food.
Sweet and crunchy apple chunks and thin carrot ribbons balance out the peppery arugula.
The walnut-miso dressing is amazingly rich and satisfying.
Raw Kale Shitake Mushroom Salad
Kale salads are always a hit at most gatherings.
Savory or sweet–the ingredients you choose to use can vary depending upon the fresh,
seasonal, organic vegetables that are available.
Try making this savory, marinated Raw Kale Shitake Mushroom Salad for a tasty,
The secret is in the masage!
Three Bean and Potato Salad
Every summer picnic or cookout needs potato salad and 3 bean salad.
The Recipe Renovator whipped up a hearty recipe that combines the best of both, with this
delectable Three Bean and Potato Salad that is sure to be a hit at your next summer soiree.
Quick, easy and complete in 15 minutes.
Plus, it’s picnic-perfect with no mayo to spoil.
What’s New On The Grill?
6 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Grill
From watermelon to peaches, avocado, strawberries, pizza and even cake,
who knew that you could grill all of these foods?
This summer, why not impress your friends and family by throwing something
unexpected on the grill like the fun and delicious suggestions from Savvy Brown’s
recipes for 6 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Grill.
Well now you know!
Sweet, Delicious Desserts
Summer Strawberry Cobbler
No summer party is complete without a selection of devastating good sweets treats.
This raw vegan cobbler from Kristen’s Raw will remind you of traditional cobbler,
but it is so much healthier for you.
Kristen’s Strawberry Raw Vegan Cobbler is satisfying, nutritious, and easy to make.
But when you’ve finished eating Kristen’s raw vegan version, you’ll be filled with pep and
energy instead of indigestion.
Banana Goji Coconut Vegan Ice Cream
What’s more fun to eat on a sizzling, summer day, than a cool, refreshing dish
of ice cream–but one without the dairy, saturated fats and sugar.
This vegan recipe for Banana-Goji Coconut Ice Cream delivers plenty of cool
refreshing flavor along with the health benefits of coconut oil.
Green Smoothie Popsicles
What’s summer without popsicles?
I think Kristen’s Green Smoothie Popsicles will fill the bill.
For this recipe, you simply blend the ingredients together for the recipe you choose,
then pour your smoothie into popsicle molds and freeze. It’s that simple.
If you don’t have popsicle molds, then you can freeze them in ice cube trays and make
Green Smoothie Popsicle Bites.
Cool, Refreshing Beverages
These thirst-quenching, summer beverage recipes are sure to please your crowd.
The Low-Calorie Tropical Rum Cocktail is guaranteed to be a real party-starter!
Mix it up with the latest summer hits and your guests will soon be up on their feet,
dancing to the beat.
Citrus Fruit Infused Water
This citrus fruit infused water is a zesty choice that incorporates lemon, lime and orange
as well as orange juice ice cubes for added flavor.
It takes just a few minute to prepare, but needs to be prepared at least an hour in
advance of drinking.
– 1 large mason jar
– 1 muddler
– 32 mint leaves
– 2 cups of ice cubes (16 oz./480g)
– 2 cups of orange juice ice cubes (16 oz./480g)
– 1 cup of water (8 oz./240ml)
– 1 sliced lemon (2.8 oz./84g)
– 1 sliced lime (2.2 oz./67g)
– 1 sliced orange (6.1 oz./184g)
1) Add the mint leaves to the mason jar and then muddle them with the muddler
until they are finely ground.
2) Once the mint leaves are finely ground, add the lemon, lime and orange slices
to the mason jar and muddle them lightly for about 30 seconds.
3) Add the orange juice ice cubes and regular ice cubes to the mason jar.
4) Top the mason jar with the water, screw the lid on tightly, place it in the refrigerator
for at least 1 hour and then enjoy the citrus fruit infused water whenever you please.
– 196 calories per 40 oz. yield (1200ml)
– 49 calories per 10 oz. glass (300ml)
Low Calorie Tropical Rum Cocktail
This low calorie, tropical surprise is tangy, refreshing and the perfect party drink
on a hot, summer day.
It can be made in minutes and packs just 150 calories per glass.
– 4 large cocktail glasses
– 1 blender
– 1 cocktail spoon
– 1.25 cups of chopped mango chunks (10 oz./300g)
– 1.25 cups of chopped pineapple chunks (10 oz./300g)
– 10 oz. of soda water (1.25 cups/300ml)
– 4 oz. of coconut flavored rum (1/2 cup/120ml)
– 3/4 cup of crushed ice (6 oz./180g)
1) Add the crushed ice, mango chunks, pineapple chunks and soda water to the blender
and blend until the mixture becomes frothy.
2) Once the mixture has become frothy, stop blending and pour an equal amount of the
mixture into each of the four large cocktail glasses.
3) Top each of the four glasses with 1 oz. of coconut flavored rum, stir well with the cocktail
spoon and enjoy the low calorie tropical surprise.
– 600 calories per 40 oz. yield (1200ml)
– 150 calories per 10 oz. glass (300ml)
Time to Get Your Party Started!
So if yo’re ready to be a hit at your at your next music concert in the park picnic,
cookout at the beach or summer backyard affair, delight your guests with these
delicious, easy to prepare summer recipes.
Eating outside is one of the great pleasures of summer, but all of those disposable plastic
cups, paper plates and utensils are very wasteful and harmful to the environment.
When you plan your summer party, picnic or cookout, be sure to keep it eco-friendly
by keeping “reduce, reuse and recycle” and sustainable living principles in mind.
Then incoporate those greener alternatives into your next outdoor event.
What are your favorite recipes to serve at summer parties?
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