With the summer in full swing and generally hot weather, salads and light meals are the best way to go. I wanted to share a few of our favorite “summer bites” that go perfectly with some grilled meat or fish. Here we go:
1. Watermelon, feta and mint salad
Super easy to put together and a refreshing mix of sweet and savory, we have really enjoyed this salad on a number of occasions. Cut watermelon into cubes, add feta cheese (also cubed) and spread fresh mint on the top. Drizzle some olive oil and sprinkle coarse sea salt. We enjoyed it with some grilled pork tenderloin seasoned and grilled to perfection by my personal chef husband. Yummy!
2. Fried baby eggplant, tomatoes and feta
You can tell we like feta cheese. Here is another tasty summer dish that can even stand on its own as a light lunch or dinner. Cut baby eggplant into rounds and halves, sprinkle with sea salt and let stand for 15 minutes to get the moisture out. Pat dry with a paper towel. Whisk up an egg in a small bowl. Prepare some flour in another. Pour the egg over eggplants, and add 1-2 tbs flour to this mix. Add 2 tbs bread crumbs and season to your taste with s&p. Mix all the ingredients well with your hands. Heat up some olive oil in a pan. Fry the eggplants for 10 minutes on a medium-high heat, flipping them once they turn light brown. Let drain on a paper towel. Slice up some tomatoes and cut up some feta. Serve together.
These baby eggplants grew in our garden so we thought they were double tasty!
3. Mr guacamole
Finally, one of my favorite things to eat – a simple, healthy and tasty guacamole. Five ingredients include 1 ripe avocado, 1 tomato, 1/2 of a red onion, a small bunch of fresh coriander leaves, 1 lime and coarse sea salt (a chili pepper is optional). Here’s what a “guacamole kit” looks like.
Dice the onion and tomatoes and cut the avocado into cubes (cut it in half and take the pit out, then criss-cross the flesh with a pairing knife and gently squeeze out). Chop the coriander and mix it all in a bowl. Use a fork to mash if needed. Drizzle olive oil, sqeeze some lime cut into quarters and add a pinch or two of sea salt. Never goes out of style. Enjoy with some corn chips or as a side to some grilled chicken.