As the weather has been gradually improving here on the East Coast, I’ve been trying to add a little Summer flair to my meals. In my home we usually eat the same sorts of things for protein, but every once in a while I like to switch things up with my sides – including my veggies. Now, some people don’t like mixing their veggies with fruit, but I think its a great way to add light, bright flavour to your meal without sacrificing the nutritional value of your dish. It also adds a certain tropical feel – which is always nice if the Winter has held on a little too long!
Today I’ll show you two very quick and easy side dishes that you can adapt to your own personal tastes, with both offering that light and fruity Summer-y flavour that is so popular this time of the year. Check out my recipes for Citrus Asparagus & Summer Chopped Salad below!
- 1 Cup Orange Juice
- 1 Cup Lemon Juice
- 1/2 Cup Lime Juice
- 2 cloves of minced garlic
- Salt and Pepper
- Wash asparagus and snap off the woody bottoms.
- Place asparagus in a frying pan with deep sides (I use a wok type frying pan for mine).
- Place the citrus juices in the pan, along with the garlic and salt and pepper. Let marinate if possible. The longer you allow this to marinate, the more the asparagus will pick up the citrus flavour.
- When ready, cook the asparagus in the juices over medium heat until the asparagus turns bright green and is semi-flexible. This only takes a few minutes.
- Drain asparagus and serve!
Of course, like most things, this recipe is better with fresh fruit juices – however, I have made it many times with bottled juices and it is still very tasty. You may wish to adjust the amounts of fruit juices (or add another kind of juice) to your individual taste.
Summer Chopped Salad
- Bagged Chopped Type Salad (I used President’s Choice Beet Slaw)
- Green Apple
- Green Onion
- Other Veggies/Fruit – As per your taste
- Feta Cheese (Optional)
- President’s Choice Green Goddess Dressing/Dressing of your choice
- Chop any veggies/fruit you select and add into bagged salad.
- Add in additional mix-ins – such as the Feta Cheese I used in my salad. Other great ideas would include seeds, dried fruit, or some sort of protein.
- Toss the salad with selected dressing – I really enjoyed my salad made with the President’s Choice Green Goddess dressing. Other ideas would be to made some homemade vinaigrette, or maybe try a yummy raspberry dressing.
Ok, so maybe this isn’t a “recipe” per se, but I love trying new vegetable and fruit combinations, and this one was certainly a winner for me. This salad was hearty, but still light enough that I didn’t feel overly full from eating a large portion.
So, what you do think about adding some summer fruit to your veggie sides? Yes or no? And if you love this idea as much as I do, what are your favourite veggie and fruit combinations? Let me know in the comments or via my Facebook page!
Thanks for stopping by, and I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful Summer weather! 🙂