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Mediterranean Inspired Memorial Day Recipes

everything you need for memorial day barbecueIt’s that time of year – party time! Barbecues, picnics, brunches, 4th of July, you name it. The heat of summer makes us want to cook outside and firing up the grill evokes the primal urge to gather round the flames with friends.

So what do you cook that’s light, tasty, and will feed a crowd? That’s where we come in. This month, we’re sharing four awesome recipes using seasonal market produce for a truly farm-to-table gathering.

For Starters

herbed garlic dipping oil party appetizer

Herbed Garlic Dipping Oil

Just because something is simple doesn’t mean it’s not worthwhile. No Mediterranean meal would be complete without crusty bread and a house-made blend of herbs and extra virgin olive oil.

Shareable Sides

shareable sides for barbecue - vegan hummus

“Jerusalem Hummus”

This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free and vegetarian/vegan so nearly anyone can get in on the goodness. Top generously with chopped olives (ours are low-sodium and probiotic!) and extra virgin olive oil, serve with raw seasonal veggies, and pour a glass of wine for a simple, satisfying meal.

Main Course

what to make for a barbecue - grilled vegetables with tabbouleh and marinated feta

Grilled Vegetables with Tabbouleh and Marinated Feta

The bright colors of the seasonal produce seared with gorgeous grill marks creates a feast for the eyes before you even dig in to the mouthwatering flavors and textures starting with light and fresh tabbouleh made with cucumber, lemon, mint, and parsley, piled high with grilled eggplant, summer squash, garlic, and onions, and then topped with savory marinated griddled feta and a heavy drizzle of olive oil.

The Finale

easy no churn ice cream for a party

No Churn Mascarpone Ice Cream with Balsamic Blueberry Compote

Pure. Bliss. There are only a few high quality ingredients and no ice cream maker or churning required, so there’s no reason not to treat yourself to this ultra decadent dessert topped with our Balsamic Reduction.

No matter which course is your favorite or how much time you have to prepare, these recipes will have your friends and guests asking for more. Share your favorite party recipes and photos with us in the comments below or on Facebook and Instagram by tagging @healthyharvests

Stay healthy friends!


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