FOOD & TRAVEL
Summer is here and that means get-togethers, bbqs, and patio hang out sessions enjoying all the glory this time of year can bring. The sun is out and the time is now to seize the day, enjoy special conversations with friends and family while soaking in the summer sun. I’ve compiled a couple recipes because everybody appreciates a guest who contributes to the party and says their please and thank you’s.
Watermelon Mint Salad
Have you ever tried the watermelon-mint combo? As if watermelon wasn’t refreshing enough on its own, add some mint to it and the combination is quite surprising. The moisture from the watermelon helps the mint incorporate into the salad. And this is such an easy dish that you can throw together in a matter of minutes because it only has two ingredients. Cutting the watermelon is essentially most of the recipe and I’m sharing a hack for that too! Enjoy!
1 small seedless watermelon, cut into cubes
2 tablespoons fresh mint, minced
Optional: feta cheese crumbled on top
Watermelon cutting tip: First things first you need to cut off each end of the watermelon which allows for a flat (and safe) surface for cutting. Next, position the watermelon on one end. The positioning will make it easy to remove the rind. Think of it as carving. And don’t forget to use a sharp blade, a dull one will probably lead to frustration and you have a bbq to get to! Continue cutting until the last of the watermelon rind has been removed. Then, cut the watermelon ball in half, again to create that flat surface. Then cut into strips and then cubes of your desired size.
This image and method was borrowed and adapted from my fellow blogger over at Fifteen Spatulas. Check out her awesome recipes!
Cucumber Tomato Salad
Is there anything that reminds you of summer more than cucumber? From cool cucumber salads (like the one below) to cucumber-infused cocktails, to cucumber juice, I’m pretty sure you can do just about anything with cucumbers. And when paired with tomato in an awesome sauce, there isn’t anything better. Not me mention this recipe and super easy and quick and you probably have most ingredients already at your house.
1 large cucumber, peeled & thinly sliced
1 large ripe tomato, chopped
1 tablespoon mayonnaise or vegenaise
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
salt and pepper in a large bowl (just a pinch of each)
Combine all ingredients and mix until vegetables are coated. Enjoy!
I would love to hear how your culinary snack adventure went and if you enjoyed these recipes. Do you have an easy snack recipe? Leave it below!