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Happy 4th of July weekend everyone.  Summer is such a time for BBQs, parties and if you are like us, lots of birthdays!  Parties are made for eating, drinking and having a great time!  I like to bring 1 or 2 healthy side dishes to the party because, well, it’s summer. Today I’m sharing my favorite healthy side dishes that are sure to be crowd pleasers!

Chopped Caprese Salad

I just made this salad recently for a friend get-together and it was so, so good.  It is light and flavorful with the fresh taste of basil.  It would also be great on top of some grilled chicken.

Ingredients:

  • 1 container cherry or grape tomatoes, halved or quartered depending on size (or you can chop some yummy local tomatoes)
  • 4 to 8oz fresh mozzarella, chopped or use mozzarella pearls
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves chiffonade or torn
  • 2 T EVOO
  • 1-2 T balsamic vinegar
  • salt, to taste

Directions: 

  1. Combine tomatoes, mozzarella and basil in bowl.
  2. Add EVOO and lightly mix.
  3. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar.
  4. Sprinkle with salt.

Tex-Mex Coleslaw

I love pretty much anything with Mexican spices and cilantro!  This coleslaw is really good, ya’ll. I’m linking the recipe here.  I used a yogurt ranch dressing instead of the one they recommend.  I would imagine this would be fantastic with some avocado as well, because what isn’t?

cream-1503526_640Guacamole

Again with the avocados! Guacamole is one of our favorite foods and I prefer to keep it all to myself but I’ve been known to share with friends as well.  This is roughly my recipe without using a recipe.

Ingredients:

  • avocados, 2 large or 3-4 small
  • 1 Roma tomato, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 jalapeño, seeds removed, chopped (optional, but tasty)
  • chopped cilantro, about a handful
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Chop, mix and enjoy…with a tasty marg!  If you are using a salty chip, salt in the guac isn’t necessary.  I love it because it brings out more of the flavor.

My other favorites to bring to a party are an easy fruit salad or hummus and veggies. Fruit is always a hit, especially if there are kids at the party.

Hope you all have a happy and safe 4th of July full of great food and great memories! Party on!

Lindsay