Savory Summer Side Dishes

Summer is all about simple, fresh and quick meals! The sooner I can get out of the kitchen the better. Dustin typically handles the grilling while I take care of the side dishes. The Phillips family has narrowed down some of our family favorites that we plan on making all summer long. 

Quinoa Tabboulehbe9e0f76d768dcc367549dfd5313ddecbef3b61d

1 cup uncooked quinoa
1/2 medium red onion, chopped (3/4 cup)
2 medium tomatoes, chopped (2 cups)
1 1/2 to 2 cups minced parsley (1 large bunch)
1/2 cup minced mint (1 small bunch)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice, plus extra to taste
Salt and pepper
8 ounces feta, optional

After rinsing the quinoa under cool water combine with 2 cups of water and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a rapid simmer, turn to low heat, cover and cook for about 20 minutes.

While the quinoa is cooking, soak the onion in a bowl of cold water. This softens its bite and makes it more pleasant to eat when raw.

Drain the red onions. Stir the onions, tomatoes, parsley, mint, and garlic into the warm quinoa. Whisk together the olive oil and lemon juice with 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Pour dressing mixture over the salad and stir to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately or allow to cool.

Sliced Tomatoes with Corn and Feta

3 cups fresh corn kernelslandscape-1433191855-sliced-tomatoes-with-corn-and-feta.jpg
2 cups baby arugula
4 ounces feta crumbled
2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
1/3 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 pounds sliced tomatoes
Combine corn, arugula, feta, oregano, oil and vinegar in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper.

Serve tomatoes topped with corn mixture.

Mojito Watermelon

2 tablespoons olive oillandscape-1466456201-delish-mojito-watermelon-001.jpg
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon sugar
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 small watermelon, rind discarded and sliced
1/3 cup torn mint
Flaky sea salt
Whisk together oil, lime juice and sugar in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper.

Serve watermelon topped with dressing, mint and sea salt.

What family favorites do you have that we can add to our rotation?



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