The combination of lime zest and crushed red pepper flakes on watermelon is really lovely, but you can try other flavor combinations like brown sugar, lime and cumin, or nothing at all. Be sure to slice the watermelon into wedges - large round steaks will likely fall apart when you try to flip them.
If you’ve only tried sardines from a can, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by these. Roasted until crispy, and topped with a bright and punchy gremolata, these sardines make a great appetizer for a small group, or a dinner for two.
Be sure to make the buttermilk ranch dressing for these tender, crispy onion rings - they deserve more than just ketchup.
This simple, fresh salsa is ready in about 10 minutes. Perfect accompaniment to tortilla chips, but also anything grilled.
Classic appetizer, minus all the oil. These are great to have in the freezer - you can just bake them from frozen for a quick, cheesy treat.
Here’s an unusual pȃté that would be an excellent addition to a vegetarian riff on a charcuterie platter. Add some good bread, a bowlful of olives, some pickled vegetables, a couple of nice cheeses and you would have quite the spread. It’s also really good on a piece of toast when you want a quick snack.
These cheesy, crispy, potato puffs are reason enough to make sure you have plenty of leftover mashed potatoes.
These crispy kale chips are delicious and addictive, but still good for you - the best kind of snack!
These crostini are topped with an easy, creamy spread that's loaded with spicy green garlic and tangy fromage blanc.
This dish of tender, sweet onions topped with breadcrumbs and melted blue cheese is easy to make on the grill!
Sweet Vidalia onions and Gorgonzola are made for each other. Serve this with crusty bread for an easy but elegant appetizer.
Coconut oil is an excellent choice to use when popping corn: it has a very high smoking point, and gives it the most delicious, subtle, buttery and nutty flavor. Use this recipe as a base and get creative with toppings. My favorite is a generous sprinkle of nutritional yeast flakes.
This salad is light and flavorful, and is inspired by street vendors in Mexico who serve mango on a stick with hot sauce. Plus, it’s so easy to make: just mango, and a handful of fresh ingredients.
This Spanish sauce is also delicious with oven-roasted potato wedges, fries or even grilled shrimp or as a condiment for chicken, lamb chops or meatballs. It makes a great alternative to pesto as well: stir it into soups and stews or toss with pasta.
A simple meal of soup or a roasted chicken becomes a divine repast with the addition of these meltingly tender biscuits. Drop biscuits may not look as perfect as biscuits that are rolled and cut out, but they are just as good, and require less cleanup.
The Chinese “street food” version of these pancakes are often served for breakfast, but are more often served as an appetizer in North America. For a softer pancake, add a bit more water to the dough; you can substitute fresh garlic scapes for the scallions for a different flavor.
Talk about gilding the lily! Ripe avocados get sliced into wedges, battered, fried, then served with creamy cheese sauce. Note that you do need a fry thermometer for best results.
This hummus is a vibrant bright pink thanks to the addition of steamed beets.
Many of us are finding ourselves a bit short on time right now. Places to go, things to do, people to see etc. If you find yourself needing to prepare a dish that looks fancy, but takes less than an hour to make—look no further than this selection of favorites, both sweet and savory!
Freshly toasted spices with ripe, in-season peaches make this an incredible appetizer.
Adding fresh corn to the batter gives these zucchini fritters a special, summery twist.
These delicious pancakes turn out satisfyingly extra-crispy, thanks to a relatively dry batter, and pressing the pancakes flat in the pan.
Sautéeing beet greens in olive oil turns them meltingly tender, making them a delicious topping for crostini.
This easy dip is excellent with chicken wings!
These wings are based on the original recipe from Anchor Bar in Bufflao, New York, and are great with blue cheese dip.
Great for feeding a crowd, these easy wings are baked, so there's no need to break out the deep fryer.
After a long day, this is a good, easy dinner to throw together that's fast but still tastes incredible.
This is an easy but decadent dip to whip up. Serve with fresh apple or pear slices, or even sweet potato chips.
Made with whole grain oats and seeds, these crackers are high in protein and fiber, and are really easy to make! If you use gluten-free oats, the crackers are gluten-free, too!
Sweet, salty, and a little spicy, these easy roasted nuts would make a great gift (if you can part with them!).
Baba ghanoush is a Levantine eggplant dish that's perfect slathered on a slice of baguette, making it excellent picnic food. It's richly flavored with tahini, lemon, and lots of garlic.
Crispy, crunchy onion rings, made healthier thanks to quinoa in three forms. These are easy to make vegan, too!
This is certainly an unexpected treatment for turnips, but you won’t be disappointed! Crisp and tender bunched turnips are coated in spicy sauce and mellowed with tangy blue cheese. This is a great substitute for wings, perfect for vegetarians and adventurous eaters alike.
Ramps are also know as wild leeks, and are similar to onion and garlic smashed together. These quick refrigerator pickles intensify their crunch, sharp bite, and pungent flavor.
Sautéing ramps with shallots is a great treatment for these yummy harbingers of spring.
Spicy peppers cool down with a creamy bean and cheese filling in this healthier version of jalapeño poppers.
These grilled avocados lend themselves to improvisation -- just use any fresh herbs and nuts you have on hand, and you can't go wrong.
You may be doubtful about combining avocados with coconut oil -- after all, avocados are so creamy and rich on their own. But the combination of these two healthy fats is incredible! You'll be tempted to add avocado and a slather of coconut oil to every sandwich you make. These tartines make a perfect hearty breakfast, lunch or dinner.
These easy to assemble crostini are topped with ricotta that's packed with early springtime flavors. If ramps aren't available yet, just use spring onions.
Great spread onto sliced baguette rounds, or for dipping sliced raw vegetables into, this creamy dip will be a staple for parties or impromptu get-togethers.
These roasted chickpeas are a great party snack: really easy to make, simple to adapt, and very yummy!
Served with your favorite tortilla chips, this brightly colored, fiber-full dip is such a nice change of pace from run of the mill salsa. Perfect for game day!
Serve these delicious summer rolls with your favorite dipping sauce. They make a lovely light meal.
This delicious dip, with deeply caramelized onion, tart apple, and fragrant thyme, just happens to be gluten-free and vegan!
Papalo is an herb which is a staple in Mexican cooking, and is often set out on the table at mealtime with bunches of parsley and cilantro. It has a unique, distinctive flavor that is similar to cilantro and goes well in dishes where you would use that herb - but be aware that a little goes a long way.
Grilling or broiling the vegetables in this salsa makes it extra special. It will keep in the fridge for about a week, so double the recipe if you'd like!
If you don't want to heat up your kitchen with the oven, you can skip broiling these stuffed avocados - they're just as delicious at room temperature.
This is a super easy, incredibly flavorful dip. Serve it with sliced baguette or crackers.
Use packaged pita chips for an easy Indian-inspired appetizer.
This is an interesting variation on the (almost!) ubiquitous kale chip that has been popping up everywhere. Savoy cabbage, being the showiest of all cabbage with its crinkly leaves, makes a very elegant snack.
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