Saturday, August 10, 2013

3 Summer BBQ Side Dishes

No one has  trouble deciding on the main dish for a summer BBQ (unless you're vegan I suppose...), rather the side dishes always get short-changed. Boiled corn on the cob is delicious and potato salad can be dressed up, but there are so many other options! While most are concentrated on getting the perfect grill marks on their steaks outdoors, the accompanying dishes get ignored and end up lack-lustre. Here are three 2-minute side-dishes that can be prepared in the moments between running inside and outside to prepare your summer feast. Each has just a handful of ingredients, requires minimal to no-cooking and is fool proof to make. They show off farm fresh flavours in the simplest of preparations.

Zucchini & Peppers with Basil Oil: 

- 2 yellow or green zucchinis 
- 2 bell peppers 
- olive oil 
- basil 
Sauté veggies in olive oil, when finished, toss with more olive oil, finely chopped basil, salt and lots of cracked pepper. Easy!
 




 Panzanella: 

- day old foccacia 
- juicy tomatoes 
- olive oil 
- balsamic vinegar 

Toss together. Salt and pepper. That's it. Promise me you'll use good ingedients on this one. There are only 4 of them, let's be serious. 



Avocado Rice Salad: 

- Cold cooked rice 
- 1 avocado 
- 1/3 cup packed basil/parsley leaves 
- sour cream
- handful chopped grapes (for sweetness) 
- lemon juice 
- any veggies you fancy (tomatoes, red onion, etc)

Blend avocado, fresh herbs, sour cream and lemon juice. Thin out with a little neutral oil if need be (like canola). Toss with veggies, rice and fruit. Salt and pepper. 

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