With summer drawing to a close and fall fast approaching, we thought it would be an ideal time to help you get the most out of the season's remaining warm-weather days. So, grab your friends and family and get out your picnic baskets or set up an al fresco dining space at your home and dig into this bevy of sumptuous, light, and healthy recipes that we've gathered for your epicurean enjoyment. From delicious cocktail starters to delectable meal-ending desserts, there's something for everyone. Cheers!
It's 5 o'clock somewhere...time for a cool, soothing drink.
The crisp flavor and light color of this summertime sipper shows off the colorful fruit buoyed within. But the star of the show is two bottles of crisp, fruity white wine (like ONEHOPE's Paso Robles Pinot Grigio or 2014 Rutherford Estate Sauvignon Blanc). To up the show factor, serve in glass jars and add a colorful paper straw and a skewer for noshing on the fruit.
How about a sangria recipe that's slightly sweet, refreshing enough for barbecues and extremely drinkable? This recipe foregoes the classic red or white wine for a rosé (like ONEHOPE's 2015 Sonoma Reserve Rosé). It's joined by the natural sweetness of blueberries, strawberries, agave syrup and Campari in lieu of fruit juice and soda.
Mel's Hard Lemonade
You've heard of Mike's Hard Lemonade. Well, this is Mel's version—complete with a smooth, round lemon flavor. Served in a wine glass rather than a beer bottle, it's elegant, classy, and quick with the ingredients including white wine, Limoncello and fresh lemon juice.
Champagne Cocktail Sipper
Need a signature cocktail to kick off your dinner party? Try this classic champagne cocktail...just the right thing to relax your guests and ease them into the evening. With chilled champagne (like ONEHOPE's California Brut Sparkling Wine), bitters, a sugar cube and a twist of orange rind, this treat is best served in a small glass for a more pronounced flavor.
Everyone loves a good nibble now and then. Here, some that will grace your go-to list for years to come.
Black Bean Hummus with Avocado
This out-of-the-ordinary concoction is sure to soar to the top of your favorite hummus list. Smooth and light, it mixes up the status quo a bit, using black beans instead of chickpeas and adding an avocado for creamy goodness.
Crispy Fried Artichoke Hearts with Salsa Verde
Fantastic and easy to make, these artichoke hearts are sure to be devoured in mere minutes. The best part? There's no need to deal with the artichokes yourself; simply use a jar of marinated artichokes purchased from your local supermarket.
Fava Bean, Burrata, and Mint Crostini
This gorgeous green fava bean puree served on toasted bread with soft, rich Burrata cheese is the perfect summer appetizer. It's also great on crackers or as a dip for veggies. Just sit back and let the fresh, clean flavors shine.
Garlic Cauliflower Breadsticks
More and more people are using cauliflower to make pizza crust, so why not switch it up a little and convert these tasty white florets into breadsticks? The result is a side of healthy, combined with a whole boatload of tasty cheese and garlic and marinara sauce for dipping.
Cucumber Sushi Rolls
In this mouthwatering recipe, crunchy green gourds are the perfect vehicle for a sushi-like stuffing of avocado, bell pepper, and spicy mayo. The end result? A colorful, beautiful—and low-carb—slice of heaven.
Looking for the star of your dinner? Look no further! We have your featured dish right here.
Southwest Salad with Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette
This salad's so good that you'll want to eat it every day. The fixings consist of pretty much whatever Mexican/Southwest tidbits you already have on hand (like chicken or steak fajita meat, sautéed peppers and onions, and cheese), topped by delicious cilantro lime vinaigrette and crushed tortilla chips, if you so desire.
Fresh Corn Salad with Avocado Cilantro Dressing
If you looked up "refreshing summer salad" in the dictionary, there definitely would be a picture of this unforgettable salad. Or at least there should be, especially with ingredients like juicy, sweet corn on the cob, and creamy dressing laced with avocado and cilantro. What's it go best with? Why, grilled beef or pork, of course.
Quick & Simple Quinoa & Garbanzo Bean Stew
Chickpeas aren't just for hummus. You can make a great stew, too! One thing's for certain...you'll be making this filling yet light entree more than once.
Stuffed Pepper Tuna Melts
We've found the ideal low-carb version of a tuna melt sandwich. Just stuff some mini bell peppers with a tuna salad mixture and top it with cheese. A few minutes in the oven and they're ready to go.
Garlic Avocado Pasta
With gluten-free noodles as the centerpiece, this 15-minute recipe is healthy and tasty to boot. Just add in fresh tomatoes, chopped parsley, and your favorite protein, and you have yourself a quick and nutritious meal that's sure to fit the bill for those creamy pasta cravings.
Now for the pièce de résistance!
Best Key Lime Pie
Do you seriously know anyone who doesn't love key lime pie? Not me. And this one's perfect in almost every way. Think a balance of sweet and sour and overall flavor that's likely to end your search for the top key lime pastry of all time right here.
Peach Frozen Yogurt
I have just one word: yum. Creamy, refreshing, and guilt-free, this soft serve-like dessert is one you can indulge in over and over again. And, it only has four ingredients. Make it in minutes, with no ice cream maker required. You can even swap out the peaches for any other fruit, from strawberries to mangoes and more.
Paleo Blueberry Lemon Bread
If you have to get just one more summer dessert in before all of the blueberries disappear, this should be it. This chewy little bread is crafted using organic blueberries, coconut oil, nutrient-dense eggs, protein-rich flower, and a lemony sweet glaze, making it healthy and scrumptious at the same time.
Lemon Honey Chiffon Cakes
If you really adore lemon, this one's for you...especially when small crevices in each moist and tender lemony cupcake are filled with a whole spoonful of honey lemon curd for a tart, mouth-pleasing surprise.
Lemon Blueberry Bars
These paleo bars are free of dairy, refined sugar, and gluten. Not to mention refreshing, creamy, and light. Oh, by the way, they're also loaded with yummy, nutrient-laden blueberries. What more could you ask for?