Saturday, June 17, 2017

Three Awesome Appetizers for Summer - Gluten Free

It's summertime and the entertaining is easy when you make these simple
 but elegant summer appetizers.

a beautiful caprese salad for a crowd

The summer season is the most popular time of the year for entertaining, especially outdoors! 
When you are not in the mood for a BBQ, you need some festive easy recipes to dazzle your guests. 

a plate of summer tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella cheese

Caprese salad ( or the vegan version below) makes a beautiful presentation and a satisfying appetizer. 

layers of summer tomato, mozzarella cheese, and fresh bail


 With fresh mozzarella cheese, summer tomatoes, fresh basil, red onion, cucumber, Calamata olives, and marinated artichokes, this platter is sure to please your guests. 

Having a wine and cheese party for a few neighbors on the deck? This Caprese salad or the vegan Caprese salad below will be perfect. 


Simply cut and layer the tomato and mozzarella cheese on the perimeter of the platter and then fill in the center of the platter with chopped cucumber, red onion, marinated artichokes and freshly chopped basil. Drizzle lightly with Italian Dressing or a little olive oil and balsamic and salt and pepper if desired. 

On a hot day serve some ice water or cold seltzer with sprigs of 
fresh mint, orange slices and lime slices

Ice cold water with sprigs of mint and orange slices

Another outdoor favorite is this refreshing frozen watermelon frosty which can 
be made with or without alcohol. 

Frozen Watermelon Frosties

The next time you buy a large watermelon, freeze what you don't use . 
Simply cut the leftover watermelon ( cut off the rind)  into bite size chunks, place in a zip lock baggy and freeze overnight.  Use the frozen watermelon chunks to make delicious and cooling fruit frosties 

round watermelons

a refreshing watermelon frosty made from frozen watermelon
Watermelon Frosty Recipe

Avocado Caprese Salad ( vegan) 

Everyone seems to love Caprese salads, but what if you are vegan ?
Here is a vegan caprese salad using avocado, tomato,  cucumber, fresh basil , and some little capers that will be a hit at any party. 

an appetizer of summer tomato , avocado slices, and fresh basil layered on a large plate

Avocado halves ready to make guacamole

Also makes a beautiful presentation that your guests will love looking at and enjoy eating. 
Choose to make one of the salads or make both of them.. 

avocado appetizer with tomato, cucumber and capers

What is your favorite summer appetizer for parties? 

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  1. I love the colours in all of these recipes plus they are healthy which is great. Thanks for linking up and sharing with us at #overthemoon. I've pinned and shared on social media. Have a great day and see you next week!
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

    1. Sue,
      I think the colors add something to the appeal of the recipe too as well as the display. Thanks for Pinning my recipes- I so appreciate you sharing them.

  2. I love Caprese Salad! Yours looks mouth-watering. I also like the looks of the citrus water with mint. Fortunately, I managed to buy a potted mint plant this year (I container garden), so I plan to put it to good use!

    1. Pattie,
      Thank you . I love mint and used to have a big mint patch behind my house until some poison ivy decided to share the space- they both are vines and well that was the end of my mint

  3. I love summer salads, but the two drinks really caught my eye -- I could have used both on my recent trip to Philadelphia. It was so hot and humid and cold, refreshing, fruity drink would have been perfect.

    1. I so get it.. Last week was ridiculously hot and humid. The watermelon frosty would definitely have done the trick!!

  4. A fresh Caprese is perfect on its own, or with BBQ, and those drinks just top everything off - so refreshing!

    1. Claudia,
      I agree- the drinks are extra special and perfect for a hot summer's day BBQ or maybe July 4th weekend


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