Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Fresh Ribbon Salad with Lemon Pesto Vinaigrette


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Let's create an IRRESISTIBLY FRESH summer salad.  Fresh Ribbon Salad with Lemon Pesto Vinaigrette will catch everyone's eye and have them reaching for more.  Slice of Southern

So maybe you know what you are cooking for you main dish this coming 4th of July but aren't sure about all the side dishes.

Everyone loves a good green salad right?  We eat a lot of them (MGG being a rabbit and all...) so let's amp up the everyday salad a bit.  Let's create an IRRESISTIBLY FRESH summer salad.  When I think "fresh" I think of lots of raw in-season vegetables.  But I want the presentation to be special, a little over the top, something that draws the eye.  That's when I broke out the Spiralizer!


Let's create an IRRESISTIBLY FRESH summer salad.  Fresh Ribbon Salad with Lemon Pesto Vinaigrette will catch everyone's eye and have them reaching for more.  Slice of Southern

Using a Spiralizer to cut your vegetables into ribbons give them the panache I'm looking for to take this salad to the next level.  What's prettier than a bunch of curly fresh vegetables?  So we are going to create a Fresh Ribbon Salad with Lemon Pesto Vinaigrette.  I used this Spiralizer by Paderno which I just love.  But don't fret if you don't have one.  You can create long ribbons using a potato peeler (which will create long thin strips) or a mandolin (which allows you to control the thickness).  I think that by hand a mandolin might be best if you have one.  Using the Spiralizer I chose the blade that give you medium curls or ribbons.  The thickness and the texture is just perfect for fresh vegetables.

Now for the veggie choice.  Right now is the perfect time for zucchini, carrots, and cucumbers, so we'll use those.  Once you cut your veggies into ribbons you can mix them with some packaged salad greens.  I chose a French mix which had butter lettuce and radicchio mixed for body.


Let's create an IRRESISTIBLY FRESH summer salad.  Fresh Ribbon Salad with Lemon Pesto Vinaigrette will catch everyone's eye and have them reaching for more.  Slice of Southern

Once that is all done you only need a FABULOUS salad dressing.  You want the FRESH ribbon cut vegetables to be the star so a tangy but light dressing is in order.  One that you can whip up quickly and just drizzle dollops over it.  That dressing just happens to be Lemon Pesto Vinaigrette.

Fresh squeezed lemons join jarred pesto sauce along with some really tasty olive oil to form a unique vinaigrette that is well balanced, yet carries just a bit of bite.

This is the perfect topping!
Seriously...it's light and refreshing, and has that POW! that makes you reach for more.


Let's create an IRRESISTIBLY FRESH summer salad.  Fresh Ribbon Salad with Lemon Pesto Vinaigrette will catch everyone's eye and have them reaching for more.  Slice of Southern

So when you are thinking of side dishes for your 4th of July bash....or any summer meal to come, make sure to make this eye-catching Fresh Ribbon Salad with Lemon Pesto Vinaigrette.  People will think you are Martha Stewart!

Enjoy!





Fresh Ribbon Salad with Lemon Pesto Vinaigrette

serves 4

Salad: 1 zucchini, washed
2 medium carrots, washed and peeled
1 English cucumber, washed with skin left on
1/2 7 oz. package of salad greens (such as Ready Pac Bistro Lafayette)

Dressing:

1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
3 Tablespoons lemon juice

2 Tablespoons jarred pesto
salt & pepper



Using a Spiralizer, cut your vegetables into ribbons.  Set aside.  On a large bowl or platter place the packages salad green, then top with ribbon vegetables.  

In a small bowl or mason jar add dressing ingredients and shake or whisk well to combine.  Drizzle over the salad.  Serve.


Let's create an IRRESISTIBLY FRESH summer salad.  Fresh Ribbon Salad with Lemon Pesto Vinaigrette will catch everyone's eye and have them reaching for more.  Slice of Southern

Let's create an IRRESISTIBLY FRESH summer salad.  Fresh Ribbon Salad with Lemon Pesto Vinaigrette will catch everyone's eye and have them reaching for more.  Slice of Southern





Monday, June 26, 2017

Red, White & Blue Fruit and Jello Cups


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Perfect for the 4th of July and sooo EASY to make! Kids love 'em! - Slice of Southern

Three cheers for the Red, White & Blue!

We love to have a big bash for the 4th of July.  We usually grill the main dish and have a whole lot of sides.  But the star is usually the dessert!

Boy do I have any EASY dessert for you that the kid just flip over!  Red, White & Blue Fruit and Jello Cups are on the menu this year.  There is something so refreshing about jello and fruit with a creamy whipped topping that just makes you feel happy.  I think Jello make you happy and brings out the kid in all of us!


Perfect for the 4th of July and sooo EASY to make! Kids love 'em! - Slice of Southern

All you need is some small bowls, containers, or cups so that you can make individual servings and a few ingredients and you are all set. I use these little bowls here.  Dessert will be quick to assemble, but allow yourself several hours for the jello to set, and then you just need to top them and serve!  

So cute with the layers of Red, White & Blue.  I used strawberry jello and topped them with chopped strawberries.  Use whipped topping (or real whipped cream if you prefer) and then add the blueberries for the "blue" part.  These are irresistible and tasty too!


Perfect for the 4th of July and sooo EASY to make! Kids love 'em! - Slice of Southern

These are perfect for the 4th of July, Memorial Day, Labor Day, or any day!  What better way to celebrate our patriotism than with this adorable dessert.

Enjoy!










Red, White & Blue Fruit and Jello Cups

1 box of Strawberry Jello
1 cup boiling Water
1 cup cold Water
Strawberries, chopped
Cool Whip
Blueberries

In a small bowl add the jello.  Mix in the boiling water and stir until dissolved.  Add the cold water and stir.  Pour into small bowl about 1/2 full.  Add some chopped strawberries, and refrigerate until set.  About 2 hours.

Place whipped topping in a plastic bag and cut off the corner tip.  Pipe whipped topping generously on top of the jello.  Top with blueberries.  Serve.




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Perfect for the 4th of July and sooo EASY to make! Kids love 'em! - Slice of Southern


Perfect for the 4th of July and sooo EASY to make! Kids love 'em! - Slice of Southern

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Chipotle Lime BBQ Drumsticks


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Chipotle Lime BBQ Drumsticks - A 5 ingredient dish that is soooo easy to make.  Perfect for the 4th of July or your next outdoor bash.  Quick enough for a weeknight meal!  Slice of Southern

We have a holiday coming up and I have the perfect grilled main dish!

Let's break out the grill this 4th of July and make some Chipotle Lime BBQ Drumsticks.  These are soooo easy to make.  You only need FIVE ingredients! ( A major plus) Yep, that is absolutely right, 5 ingredients to the ultimate party dish!  Who doesn't love drumsticks?  These are such a great idea for a great big outdoor bash.  The recipe can be doubled or tripled to accommodate as many people as you want, or it can used as a great, quick weeknight meal.


Chipotle Lime BBQ Drumsticks - A 5 ingredient dish that is soooo easy to make.  Perfect for the 4th of July or your next outdoor bash.  Quick enough for a weeknight meal!  Slice of Southern


CHIPOTLE LIME BBQ DRUMSTICKS

Let's talk about the flavor.  I love a good BBQ sauce and usually make my own, however there are time when I don't want to do that, or I am short on time, or need A LOT of it.  That's when I turn to a good bottled sauce.  No shame here.  We all use them.  What's different about this sauce is that I chose a Carolina style sauce which has a mustard and vinegar base, not a tomato one.  Mix that with some Chipotle seasoning and some lime zest and you have one heck of a sauce!


Chipotle Lime BBQ Drumsticks - A 5 ingredient dish that is soooo easy to make.  Perfect for the 4th of July or your next outdoor bash.  Quick enough for a weeknight meal!  Slice of Southern


Chipotle Lime BBQ Drumsticks - A 5 ingredient dish that is soooo easy to make.  Perfect for the 4th of July or your next outdoor bash.  Quick enough for a weeknight meal!  Slice of Southern

I chose a salt free Southwest Chipotle seasoning by Mrs. Dash.  Now this seasoning has a kick, so if you want it milder add less or more if you want it really spicy!  This seasoning is perfect with the BBQ sauce and then you add the lime zest!  Woooweee!  This is some zesty sauce.  


Chipotle Lime BBQ Drumsticks - A 5 ingredient dish that is soooo easy to make.  Perfect for the 4th of July or your next outdoor bash.  Quick enough for a weeknight meal!  Slice of Southern

Serve along some great potato salad, pasta salad, or corn on the cob and you have one excellent meal!  Treat yourself to something easy at your next outdoor bash, or this 4th of July.  Chipotle Lime BBQ Drumsticks will be the hit of the party!

Enjoy!








Chipotle Lime BBQ Drumsticks


serves 2-3

1/2 cup of Carolina style BBQ sauce (mustard/vinegar based) (such as Heinz)
1 tsp Southwest Chipotle seasoning (Mrs. Dash)
2 tsp lime zest
6 chicken drumsticks
1 Tbls olive oil
salt & pepper

Preheat the grill to medium heat.  Combine the top three ingredient in a bowl and set aside.

Brush the chicken with the oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Grill chicken, covered, for 20 minutes, turning about every 5 to 6 minutes until cooked through.  In the last 10 minutes start basting chicken with the sauce mixture each time you turn the chicken.  Serve.


Chipotle Lime BBQ Drumsticks - A 5 ingredient dish that is soooo easy to make.  Perfect for the 4th of July or your next outdoor bash.  Quick enough for a weeknight meal!  Slice of Southern

Chipotle Lime BBQ Drumsticks - A 5 ingredient dish that is soooo easy to make.  Perfect for the 4th of July or your next outdoor bash.  Quick enough for a weeknight meal!  Slice of Southern






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