Memorial Weekend Side Dishes.

I LOVE Memorial Weekend! It feels like the official start of summer and kick off to the warm season, water activities, hiking, BBQs, and everything outdoors. I’m also a huge fan of all the food that comes along with this season. My two favorites – cool dips and salads, and I’m sharing two of my party specialities. Trust me, I’ve had plenty of approval on these two dishes at get togethers.

Caprese Salad:

Grab yourself some mozzarella pearls, diced cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, and balsamic vinegar. I throw all my ingredients in a Pyrex glass dish, seal the lid, and shake it around. Serve on the side of burgers, chicken breast, tacos… pretty much anything that comes off the grill!

Corn Dip:

Mix together a can of corn, feta cheese, diced cherry tomatoes, cilantro, and fresh squeezed lime. Just like my salad, I throw this all in a Pyrex glass dish, seal the lid, and shake. Serve this as a dip with tortilla chips or use as a salsa topper for tacos. So yummy and fresh!

These are guaranteed crowd pleasers or a nice late night snack after a day of outdoor adventure!

Simple Chicken Salad.

After weeks of the same meals pretty much everyday (which I’m totally okay with), I had a spark of creativity in the kitchen and wanted to try out new recipes this last week – As you can probably tell from my most recent food posts. The latest was a very simple and quick chicken salad, because you know I love simple!

This was a nice add-in to my workweek lunches which I have a tendency to have tuna, eggs, or a roast beef sandwich. This one is definitely a keeper! 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 12.5 oz can Chicken Breast Chunk in Water
  • ~1 tbsp of Fat Free Mayo (or to your liking)
  • diced Celery 
  • sliced Black grapes 
  • Honey Roasted Pecan Pieces
  • Optional: Cheese

Directions:

  • Mix chicken and mayo in a small bowl. Once throughly mixed, stir in celery, grapes, and pecan pieces.
  • Enjoy on a brioche bun or across crackers with a tall glass of lemonade on the side!

Have similar simple recipes you enjoy, send them my way!