A salad you can hold in your hand is the perfect backyard grub to serve on a hot summer night. The fresh vegetables make a colorful presentation for this build-your-own dinner, and you can change or add more protein options by grilling pork or tofu along with your chicken. Grill your meat and slice your toppings in advance to have a meal you can serve in just a few minutes on a busy night or on an evening when you’d rather kick back and enjoy the sunshine.
Wrap Ingredients: 1 head romaine lettuce 2 tablespoons fresh oregano, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced ½ teaspoon grated nutmeg ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon pepper 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts 1 pint cherry tomatoes 1 small cucumber, thinly sliced 1 small red onion, thinly sliced ¼ cup feta cheese crumbles ¼ cup pitted Greek olives, thinly sliced
Tzatziki Sauce Ingredients: 1 small cucumber, roughly chopped 1 cup plain, low-fat Greek yogurt 1 lemon 1 clove garlic, minced ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper
Trim the bottom of the lettuce and separate leaves. Wash and set on a towel to dry.
In a small bowl, combine oregano, garlic, nutmeg, salt, pepper and olive oil. Stir to combine and rub the mixture over chicken. Grill chicken breasts until they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove from heat and thinly slice.
Combine cucumber and yogurt in a small bowl. Zest and then juice lemon, adding 1 teaspoon zest and 2 tablespoons juice to the bowl. Add garlic, salt and pepper and stir to combine.
Add lettuce leaves, tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, feta cheese and olives to a couple of large plates along with the Zatziki sauce, and serve buffet style.
Here is a delicious and nutritious meal you can eat with your hands. Small cabbage leaves make perfect cups for holding chicken and vegetables, and these are drizzled with my spicy Thai peanut sauce with just a touch of heat. The ingredients can be prepared in advanced and assembled when ready to eat, making this an excellent meal for busy nights or lunches on the go. If you have large cabbage leaves, just fold them like a burrito to create cabbage wraps.
Ingredients: ½ cup light coconut milk 1 tablespoon red curry paste ¼ cup peanut butter 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1 lime, halved and divided 3 to 4 dashes of Sriracha hot chili sauce 2 cups any combination of vegetables, diced or shredded (such as bell pepper, cucumber, radishes or carrots) 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped 1 small head cabbage, leaves separated 2 chicken breasts, cooked and chopped ¼ cup unsalted chopped peanuts
In a blender or food processor, combine coconut milk, curry paste, peanut butter, soy sauce, juice from ½ of lime and Sriracha hot chili sauce. Process until smooth and creamy.
Combine vegetables in a large bowl and squeeze the juice of the remaining lime half over the produce. Add cilantro and stir to evenly combine.
Fill each cabbage leaf with an equal amounts of chicken and vegetables. Drizzle each cup with peanut sauce, top with peanuts and serve.
This is my go-to, refreshing appetizer or patio lunch on a hot afternoon or evening. If you keep your pantry and fridge stocked with tuna, olive tapenade and yogurt, you can whip up a quick batch of these whenever you have fresh cucumbers in your CSA or growing in your garden. I have enjoyed many delicious cucumbers from Sustainable Harvest Farm in my weekly produce share this summer and this has been one of my favorite ways to enjoy them.
Ingredients: 1 (4 ounce) can solid white, no salt-added, Albacore tuna in water 2 tablespoons plain non-fat Greek yogurt 2 tablespoons mayonnaise 2 tablespoons olive tapenade ¼ teaspoon salt 1 large cucumbers, sliced
Drain tuna and flake with a fork in a medium bowl.
Add yogurt, mayonnaise, olive tapenade and salt. Stir to evenly combine.
Use a small ice cream scoop or spoon to add dollops of tuna salad on each slice of cucumber.
This salad tastes as splendid as a beautiful summer day feels, with sweet melon, refreshing cucumbers and juicy cherry tomatoes. Freshly chopped produce this time of year is delicious served uncooked and the combinations are endless. The addition of cantaloupe takes this salad from simple to spectacular. It is a great dish to pack for a picnic or enjoy at home along with grilled chicken on the patio.
½ medium cantaloupe, peeled, seeded and cubed
2 medium cucumbers, sliced
1 pint cherry tomatoes
½ small red onion or 1 medium shallot, thinly sliced
⅓ cup crumbled feta cheese
salt and pepper
Combine equal amounts of cantaloupe cubes, cucumber slices, cherry tomatoes and red onion or shallot on small salad plates.
Top with feta cheese, a pinch of salt and pepper and drizzle lightly with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.