Summer casual is everything. Let fresh, punchy ingredients speak for themselves. These “recipes” are perfect as picnic snacks, weeknight meals or lazy August days by the pool. These 3-ingredient dishes are arranged by their appropriate food groups. Relax and savor their simplicity:
Mix: Boil shrimp until pink (4-8 minutes depending on size of shrimp), toss while still warm with a few spoonfuls of apricot jam and chili flakes.
Grill: Grill salmon per usual, top cooked fish with finely chopped pineapple mixed with a splash of soy sauce.
Open-Faced: Grill a piece of white bread. While still warm, spread with boursin cheese and top with cooked and thinly sliced steak of choice.
Stack: Slice cucumber and top portions with dollops of hummus and chopped dill.
Mix: Mix grilled corn, roughly chopped cilantro, and Cotija cheese in a bowl and serve as a side.
Sauté: Sugar snap peas with thinly sliced strips of salami. Serve as a side and top with fresh mint.
Steam: Steam asparagus (around 5 minutes) until tender. Marinate them in Italian dressing and then chill in fridge. Crumbled boiled egg on top to serve.
Assemble: Grill store-bought flatbreads, then top them with roasted kohlrabi (or any root vegetable), and drizzle with honey.
Toss: Stir together quinoa, chopped dates and slivered almonds for a side dish.
Toss: Cook and cool pasta of your choice, dice some fresh tomatoes, chop some chives, and then toss all together.
Assemble: Put leftover cornbread pieces in a bowl and top with crispy chopped bacon. Drizzle this with maple syrup. Breakfast.
Slice: Slice melon of your choice and wrap in prosciutto. Sprinkle chili powder over top of slices.
Mix: Cube a watermelon and place in a bowl. Squeeze some lime over top, add chopped mint, and mix for a simple fruit salad.
Puree: Purée the flesh of medium cantaloupe with 2 Tbs honey. Place in fridge until chilled. Fold in ½ cup heavy cream. Voila, fruit soup.
Spoon: Top ice cream with good balsamic vinegar and a sprinkle of sea salt. Vanilla and chocolate work just fine.
Blend: In a food processor or blender, add the flesh of three avocados, 6 Tablespoons cacao powder, and 3 Tablespoons honey. Blend for instant mousse.
Bake: Dip marshmallows in melted butter and wrap them tightly in pre-bought crescent roll dough. Bake 11 minutes for dessert.
Spread: Spread nutella on plain baked pizza crust. Top with sliced strawberries.
Porch: Sunset, Tom Collins, good book.
Yard: Summer stonefruit, lawn chair, horseshoes.
Beach: Salt water, salt rim, sugar snap peas.
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