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The long 4th of July weekend calls for BBQs and leisurely days spent with friends and family. Don’t miss our 4th of July Menu that’s full of time-saving tips to help you enjoy the holiday, too! Fireworks, friends, family and food: that pretty much sums up our 4th of July holiday plans. This 4th of...

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The long 4th of July weekend calls for BBQs and leisurely days spent with friends and family. Don’t miss our 4th of July Menu that’s full of time-saving tips to help you enjoy the holiday, too!

Picture of 4th of July menu items including a glass of sangria, a pasta salad, grilled sausages and an ice cream cake.Fireworks, friends, family and food: that pretty much sums up our 4th of July holiday plans. This 4th of July Menu is heavy on make-ahead recipes so we can relax and soak in the sights and sounds of summer, too. In fact, nearly every recipe on this 4th of July Menu can be prepped and/or made in advance. So get out there and enjoy every moment of this holiday weekend. An incredibly delicious meal will be waiting for you when you return.

Cocktail and Appetizer recipes

Glass of Peach Rosé Sangria with peach slices and raspberries floating in the glass. Pitcher of sangria in the background.

Kick off your holiday weekend with a glass of this Peach Rosé Sangria! Sangria makes a fantastic batch cocktail for groups and entertaining because everything is done in advance. In our Peach Rosé Sangria recipe, you simply combine the rosé wine, elderflower liqueur, brandy and peaches in one large pitcher and refrigerate for up to 8 hours. Once guests arrive, all you need to do is give the pitcher a quick stir before serving. It doesn’t get much easier than that!

image of bowl of light green Avocado Cumin Yogurt Dip on wooden board surrounded by colorful vegetables and pita wedges.

Looking for an alternative to your traditional veggie dill dip for your pre-party snacking? This savory Avocado Cumin Yogurt Dip is a snap to pull together and is loaded with the savory Mexican flavors of cumin, cilantro and lime as well as heart-healthy yogurt and avocado – perfect for cocktail hour!

Main Dish recipe

Picture of Grilled Italian Sausages on a blue plate. Sausages are wrapped in grilled flatbreads and garnished with a roasted tomato, asiago cheese and basil relish.Traditional brats and burgers are fine, but add some flavor and flair to your holiday BBQ with these Grilled Italian Sausage Wraps. Topped with a tomato bruschetta mixture, wrapped in flatbread and grilled until warm and crispy, these wraps are novel for many and irresistible to all!

Side Dish recipes

A silver plate mounded with Arugula Corn Goat Cheese Salad. This Arugula Goat Cheese Corn Salad is the quintessential salad of summer packed with all of our favorites, including fresh sweet corn, juicy garden tomatoes, peppery arugula and tangy goat cheese. Simple, fresh and delicious – just like summer should taste.

 

A white bowl filled with Tomato Feta Pasta Salad. Next to the bowl are serving plates and salt and pepper shakers.

No 4th of July Menu is complete without a pasta salad, and this Tomato Feta Pasta Salad recipe is a real crowd-pleaser. It’s packed with intensely flavored sun-dried tomatoes, briny feta cheese and meaty Kalamata olives in every spoonful, so don’t be surprised when you find yourself going back for another helping.

Dessert recipe

Slice of S'mores Ice Cream Cake on a white plate. Cake is layered with chocolate ice cream, chocolate covered graham crackers, vanilla ice cream and a marshmallow topping.

Cap off your 4th of July party with a generous slice of this S’mores Ice Cream Cake. It has all the deliciousness of s’mores (gooey marshmallows, rich chocolate and crunchy graham crackers) layered with refreshing chocolate and vanilla ice creams. There’s no sweeter way to watch the fireworks.
This 4th of July Menu is loaded with make-ahead recipes so you can relax and soak in the sights and sounds of the long holiday weekend, too.

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This easy Pineapple Sangria recipe is the ultimate thirst-quencher on a hot summer day. This batch cocktail is made in advance with only 6 ingredients – perfect for parties!  If you need me, I’ll be laying by the pool with a glass of this uber-refreshing Pineapple Sangria. Trust me friends, pin, bookmark or print this...

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This easy Pineapple Sangria recipe is the ultimate thirst-quencher on a hot summer day. This batch cocktail is made in advance with only 6 ingredients – perfect for parties! 

Picture of glass of Pineapple Sangria with pineapple slices, limes and basil. Also pictured is a pitcher of Pineapple Sangria in the background. If you need me, I’ll be laying by the pool with a glass of this uber-refreshing Pineapple Sangria. Trust me friends, pin, bookmark or print this easy Pineapple Sangria recipe because you will want to have it on repeat all summer long.

With only 6 ingredients, this sangria couldn’t be easier to pull together, but it is key that you use Vinho Verde wine in this recipe. What is Vinho Verde? It’s an easy-drinking, low-alcohol white wine from Portugal that typically has a little bit of effervescence to it. Most Vinho Verde wines are young which means they are really affordable. In fact, the bottle I used for this easy Pineapple Sangria recipe retailed for $9.

Those bitty bubbles in the Vinho Verde wine are the perfect pick me up on a hot summer day, especially when paired with some tropical pineapple rum, tangy limes, a bit of simple syrup and juicy, fresh pineapple. The last ingredient, fresh basil, is also a must. Infusing the Pineapple Sangria with the basil gives it just a hint of herbal flavor that adds lovely dimension to the cocktail. Don’t skip it!

Tip: No need to break the bank on a high priced rum here. In fact, a pineapple rum with a higher alcohol by volume (ABV) – and typically a higher price tag – will change the flavor of the drink. A pineapple rum with about a 20% ABV is all you need for this Pineapple Sangria.

Having guests for a BBQ? This Pineapple Sangria recipe can be made the day before your party so the flavors can meld overnight in the fridge. Or stir up a pitcher for your next heatwave. We won’t judge if you don’t share.

Overhead shot of glasses on Pineapple Sangria on a black background with pineapple wedges, lime slices and basil.
Any sangria fans out there? We’ve got more sangria recipes just for you!

Sangria Lemonade – Garnish with Lemon®

Single Serve Sangria for One – Crazy for Crust

Cucumber Melon Sangria – Garnish with Lemon®

Raspberry Mango Sangria – Nutmeg Nanny

Peach Rosé Sangria – Garnish with Lemon®

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Pineapple Sangria Recipe

8 hrPrep Time

8 hrTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 (750 ml) bottle Vinho Verde wine
  • 1/4 (750 ml) bottle pineapple rum
  • 1/2 cup simple syrup
  • 1/4 pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into chunks
  • 1 large lime, sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a large pitcher and stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Stir before serving over ice.
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Having a heatwave? Quench your thirst with a pitcher of this uber-refreshing Pineapple Sangria. This easy batch cocktail recipe has only 6 ingredients and can be made a day in advance - perfect for parties!

 

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  Deviled eggs don’t have to be boring! These Bacon Cheddar Deviled Eggs take picnic food to a whole new level!  Deviled eggs and picnics seem to go hand in hand. And because deviled eggs are the quintessential summer appetizer, I had the perfect reason to play around with different flavor combinations. I hit the jackpot...

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  Deviled eggs don’t have to be boring! These Bacon Cheddar Deviled Eggs take picnic food to a whole new level! 

Bacon and Cheddar Deviled Eggs garnished with fresh chives!

Deviled eggs and picnics seem to go hand in hand. And because deviled eggs are the quintessential summer appetizer, I had the perfect reason to play around with different flavor combinations. I hit the jackpot with these Bacon Cheddar Deviled Eggs.  After all, how can you go wrong with bacon AND cheese??

No need to answer that.

I used to be intimidated to make deviled eggs, but don’t be fooled; it’s easy to make gorgeous ones like these Bacon Cheddar Deviled Eggs. Simply place the egg filling in a plastic resealable bag, clip the corner and pipe into the egg whites. (Using a plastic bag makes clean up a snap, too.) Just before serving, sprinkle the tops with freshly chopped chives or paprika and you have a picture-perfect appetizer that looks like you bought them at a deli. And you can take all of the credit.

Each bite of these delicious Bacon Cheddar Deviled Eggs is filled with smoky bacon and my favorite Kerrygold® Aged Cheddar Cheese. The rich cheese and smoky bacon complement each other perfectly. Even people who don’t eat deviled eggs devour these. One bite and people will beg you to make them again. And now that you know how easy and delicious they are, you will happily oblige.

Make-ahead tip: Prepare the egg filling the day before and refrigerate until ready to fill egg whites.

Bacon and Cheddar Deviled Eggs garnished with chives and paprika.

Tip: Need to make perfect hard boiled eggs? We show you how here!

Serves 2

Bacon Cheddar Deviled Eggs

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Ingredients

  • 12 hard boiled eggs
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
  • 6 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/3 cup grated Kerrygold® Aged Cheddar Cheese
  • Chives and paprika for garnish

Instructions

  1. Slice eggs in half and remove yolks.
  2. Place yolks in a small bowl and mash with a fork.
  3. Stir in mayonnaise and mustard.
  4. Stir in bacon and grated cheese.
  5. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. Fill sliced egg whites with filling.
  7. Garnish with chopped chives or paprika.
  8. Refrigerate until serving.
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Looking for more ways to eat deviled eggs?

Deviled Eggs with Capers and Shallots – Garnish with Lemon®

Dill Pickle Deviled Eggs – Spend with Pennies

Loaded Bacon Jalapeno Deviled Eggs – Inside Bru Crew Life

Bacon and Cheddar Deviled Eggs are filled with Irish Cheddar and crispy bacon making them a perfect summer snack!

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Vodka and Elderflower Lemonade https://www.garnishwithlemon.com/vodka-and-elderflower-lemonade/ https://www.garnishwithlemon.com/vodka-and-elderflower-lemonade/#comments Mon, 19 Jun 2017 08:00:00 +0000 http://www.garnishwithlemon.com/?p=7412

It’s summer!! You only need 4 ingredients to change up your traditional cocktail of choice and sip on a refreshing Vodka and Elderflower Lemonade. Summer is here and that means it’s time to relax and sip cocktails on the patio with friends. Batch cocktails always make entertaining easy and one of our favorites is this delicious Vodka and...

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It’s summer!! You only need 4 ingredients to change up your traditional cocktail of choice and sip on a refreshing Vodka and Elderflower Lemonade.

Vodka Elderflower Lemonade cocktail made with freshly squeezed lemonade in low ball glass on ice garnished with lemon slice and served with colorful straws.

Summer is here and that means it’s time to relax and sip cocktails on the patio with friends. Batch cocktails always make entertaining easy and one of our favorites is this delicious Vodka and Elderflower Lemonade.

Now it’s no secret that we are big fans of elderflower liqueur. In fact, our most popular drinks on Garnish with Lemon include elderflower liqueur like this Elderflower Martini and this Gin, Elderflower and Prosecco Cocktail. If you haven’t jumped on the elderflower bandwagon yet, it seriously needs to be in your shopping cart the next time you go to the liquor store. And since we have many tasty ways for you to enjoy it, your worries about using the whole bottle have just disappeared!

Elderflower liqueur adds just enough flavor to take a classic vodka lemonade and turn it into a fancy drink. Fancy drinks that are easy and people can serve themselves? What more could a girl ask for?

Tip: Splurge on some fresh squeezed lemonade at your grocery store. When you only have four ingredients in a drink, only use the best as it definitely makes a difference.

Pitcher of Vodka Elderflower Lemonade to serve a group. Low ball glasses filled with ice and garnished with lemon slices and striped straws.


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Vodka and Elderflower Lemonade

A refreshing twist on a classic cocktail.

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Ingredients

  • 3 ounces vodka
  • 2 ounces elderflower liqueur
  • 4 ounces freshly squeezed lemonade
  • Club soda
  • Lemon slices for garnish

Instructions

  1. Place ice in a highball glass. Add vodka, elderflower liqueur and lemonade. Stir to combine. Top with club soda and garnish with a lemon slice. Serve immediately
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Looking for more delicious cocktails? Here are some of our favorites that use elderflower liqueur.

Elderflower Wine Cocktails– Garnish with Lemon

Elderflower Gin Fizz– Boulder Locavore

Peach Rosé Sangria – Garnish with Lemon

Pear and Elderflower Collins– A Spicy Perspective

Elderflower Margaritas– Garnish with Lemon
Batch cocktails are the way to go this summer! Vodka and Elderflower Lemonade is a refreshing way to turn a classic cocktail into a fancy drink. You are just 4 ingredients away from the best summer drink!

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Grilled German Potato Salad with Sausage https://www.garnishwithlemon.com/grilled-german-potato-salad-sausage/ https://www.garnishwithlemon.com/grilled-german-potato-salad-sausage/#comments Thu, 15 Jun 2017 08:00:15 +0000 https://www.garnishwithlemon.com/?p=11659

Your backyard BBQ needs this easy Grilled German Potato Salad with Sausage recipe. Easily doubled or tripled for groups. Plus it’s cooked in a foil packet for easy clean up! As the temperatures start to soar in the summer, the last thing we want to do is turn on the oven to make dinner. In...

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Your backyard BBQ needs this easy Grilled German Potato Salad with Sausage recipe. Easily doubled or tripled for groups. Plus it’s cooked in a foil packet for easy clean up!

Bacon Gouda Chicken Sausages on a sheet pan with Grilled German Potato Salad in a foil packet. As the temperatures start to soar in the summer, the last thing we want to do is turn on the oven to make dinner. In fact, we use our grill to cook nearly everything this time of year, even our appetizers and desserts. (Why heat up the house if you don’t have to?) Today we’re sharing an easy new grilling recipe with you that is sure to be on repeat all summer long: Grilled German Potato Salad with Sausage.

Potatoes and sausage go together like peanut butter and jelly; they are just made for each other. As part of our ongoing partnership with Gold’n Plump® (Yay for Minnesota-based brands!), we’re so excited to create a recipe that pairs their flavorful Fully Cooked Chicken Sausages with a summer staple – potato salad.

Have you tried Gold’n Plump’s Fully Cooked Sausages yet? If not, you definitely should. Available in five distinct flavors, including Jalapeno Cheddar, Italian Cheese & Peppers, Spinach & Asiago, Hickory Smoked Apple and Bacon Gouda, these sausages are protein-filled with less fat than pork sausages. Plus they are made with premium boneless skinless chicken thigh meat and are free of additives you find in other sausages, including MSG, preservatives, gluten and artificial flavors and colors.

Freshly grilled Bacon Gouda Chicken Sausages on a sheet pan with Grilled German Potato Salad in a foil packet. Garnished with Dijon mustard. The Bacon Gouda sausages were the perfect choice to team up with our zesty Grilled German Potato Salad. Bite-sized potatoes are mixed with smoky bacon, celery and green onions and a zippy dressing made with coarse ground mustard, tangy vinegar and creamy mayonnaise. No need to heat up the house either, because after mixing everything together, this salad is placed in a foil packet and cooked through on the grill along with the sausages. Three cheers for easy clean up!

Tip: Parboiling the potatoes in the microwave before adding them to the salad ensures they cook evenly and in less time on the grill. You can even parboil them the night before and keep them tightly sealed in the fridge if you are looking to save a few minutes on prep time later the next day.

This Grilled German Potato Salad with Sausage recipe is great for entertaining, too. Simply double the recipe and serve it family style for your guests to take as much as they want. Or perhaps triple the recipe. One bite and you’ll know why it’s a keeper.

You can find more recipes for all five flavors of Gold’n Plump’s Fully Cooked Sausages on their website or connect with them via social media including Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Gold’n Plump. All opinions are our own. Thanks for supporting the brands that make Garnish with Lemon possible.

Freshly grilled Bacon Gouda Chicken Sausages on a sheet pan with Grilled German Potato Salad in a foil packet. Garnished with Dijon mustard.

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Ingredients

  • 1 ½ pounds red potatoes, chopped into ¾” pieces
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon coarse/country style Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ pound thick sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 3 large green onions, chopped
  • 1 (12-ounce) package Gold’n Plump Fully Cooked Chicken Sausages, Bacon Gouda Flavor

Instructions

  1. Preheat grill to medium heat.
  2. Place potatoes and 1/2 cup water in a large microwaveable bowl. Cover and cook for 10 minutes or until potatoes are just fork tender but not falling apart. Drain.
  3. In a large bowl, combine mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar and mustard. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add potatoes, bacon, celery and onion and stir until evenly coated.
  4. Place two pieces of 18x24-inch heavy duty aluminum foil on top of each other. Pour potato mixture onto foil. Fold and seal foil edges together to form a packet. Grill for 35-40 minutes, turning every 10 minutes.
  5. During the last 10 minutes of grilling the potato salad, add sausages to the grill and warm according to package directions. Serve with potato salad.
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Bubbly Strawberry Rosé Mojitos https://www.garnishwithlemon.com/bubbly-strawberry-mojitos/ https://www.garnishwithlemon.com/bubbly-strawberry-mojitos/#comments Mon, 12 Jun 2017 08:00:00 +0000 http://www.garnishwithlemon.com/?p=6872

Add a rosy hue to one of summer’s favorite cocktails with these delicious Bubbly Strawberry Rosé Mojitos. Makes an easy batch cocktail for groups, too!  Though summer and warm weather may take a few more weeks to fully arrive in Minnesota, I’m ready to toast the season with our refreshing recipe for Bubbly Strawberry Rosé...

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Add a rosy hue to one of summer’s favorite cocktails with these delicious Bubbly Strawberry Rosé Mojitos. Makes an easy batch cocktail for groups, too! 

Everything is always prettier in pink, and these Bubbly Strawberry Rosé Mojitos are no exception. This recipe is a great batch cocktail for groups!

Though summer and warm weather may take a few more weeks to fully arrive in Minnesota, I’m ready to toast the season with our refreshing recipe for Bubbly Strawberry Rosé Mojitos anytime. Mojitos are a summer cocktail staple everywhere, but the addition of sparkling rosé wine and juicy ripe strawberries gives this seasonal cocktail a fresh new twist.

A signature batch cocktail can make hosting your party so much easier, and we highly recommend a pitcher (or two) of these Bubbly Strawberry Rosé Mojitos for your next BBQ or backyard potluck. Although there is a misconception that all pink drinks are super sweet, this cocktail has a nice balance of sweetness, tang and freshness. Just make sure you muddle the limes, mint and simple syrup well to release their juices and oils. A long handled muddler like this one works well for this task since you need to muddle the ingredients in a large pitcher which is usually pretty tall.

Tip: This recipe for Bubbly Strawberry Rosé Mojitos also makes a lovely brunch cocktail. Simply make the recipe through step 1 and evenly divide the chilled rum mixture among champagne flutes. Top with sparkling rosé and float a strawberry for garnish. The rosé wine rests on the rum for an impressive ombre look in the glass. Festive!

Welcome summer in style with a pitcher of these Bubbly Strawberry Rosé Mojitos! Click on our recipe video below and watch just how easy these tasty cocktails are to make for your next party. Cheers!

Hosting a backyard BBQ? Whip up a pitcher of these Bubbly Strawberry Rosé Mojitos for your guests and let them serve themselves while you enjoy the party.

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Bubbly Strawberry Mojitos

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/8 cup simple syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups packed mint leaves
  • 6 limes, cut into wedges
  • 2 cups light rum
  • 1 (750 ml) bottle sparkling Rosé wine
  • 12 strawberries, halved
  • Mint leaves for garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. Place simple syrup, mint leaves and limes in a large pitcher and muddle well. Stir in the rum.
  2. Pour the wine into the pitcher and gently stir to combine.
  3. Pour mojitos into ice-filled glasses and garnish with strawberries and additional mint leaves, if desired.
Recipe Type: Drinks

Notes

To make the simple syrup, combine 3/4 cup sugar and 3/4 cup water in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved, stirring occasionally. Allow to cool to room temperature and store in the fridge until ready to use.

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You can never have too many mojito recipes!

The Best Mojito– Noble Pig

Champagne Blueberry Mojitos– Lemons for Lulu

Watermelon Mojito– Garnish with Lemon

Tequila Mojito– Garnish with Lemon

Check out more spring sippers on our Cocktails and Drinks Pinterest Board!

Follow Garnish with Lemon’s board Cocktail and Drink Recipes on Pinterest.
This batch cocktail recipe for Bubbly Strawberry Rosé Mojitos is an easy and tasty way to serve drinks at your next party.

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Grilled Cherry Crisp https://www.garnishwithlemon.com/grilled-cherry-crisp/ https://www.garnishwithlemon.com/grilled-cherry-crisp/#respond Thu, 08 Jun 2017 08:00:22 +0000 https://www.garnishwithlemon.com/?p=11608

Make room on the grill for dessert, too! This easy Grilled Cherry Crisp – bursting with sweet cherries and a crunchy oatmeal topping – might just be the perfect summer dessert. Using the grill to make desserts is too often overlooked. We grill appetizers, main dishes and even sides, but most people don’t usually grill...

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Make room on the grill for dessert, too! This easy Grilled Cherry Crisp – bursting with sweet cherries and a crunchy oatmeal topping – might just be the perfect summer dessert.

Never grilled dessert before? One bite of this easy Grilled Cherry Crisp recipe, and you’ll be hooked! Grilling your entire meal keeps clean up to a minimum, too. Using the grill to make desserts is too often overlooked. We grill appetizers, main dishes and even sides, but most people don’t usually grill dessert. This recipe for Grilled Cherry Crisp is the perfect foray into grilled desserts if you’ve never tried it before. Quick, easy and filled with sweet summer cherries, we know you’ll be hooked after just one bite. (Plus this recipe is made in a disposable foil pan to make clean up a snap!)

My favorite part of this Grilled Cherry Crisp recipe is the crunchy oatmeal topping. Make with Kerrygold Salted Butter, the topping bakes on the grill and the end result tastes almost like a crispy oatmeal cookie – yum! The juicy Bing cherries need little more than a touch of sugar and some lemon juice to keep their flavor fresh and bright.

Ladle warm scoops of this Grilled Cherry Crisp into bowls and top with cold vanilla ice cream for the perfect end to a warm summer evening with friends.

Tip: I couldn’t find heavy-duty disposable foil pans at my grocery store, so I just doubled up two of the thinner – and cheaper – pans that were available to insulate the bottom of the pan from the heat of the grill.

P.S. Looking for more fruity desserts? Don’t miss our Rhubarb Apple Crisp and our Peach Berry Crumble!

Make room on the grill for this quick and easy Grilled Cherry Crisp recipe. Baked in a foil pan means clean up is a snap!

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Ingredients

  • 8 cups cherries, pitted
  • ¼ - ½ cup granulated sugar (depending on sweetness of your cherries)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup flour
  • ¼ cup brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) Kerrygold Salted Butter , melted
  • Vanilla ice cream for topping, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat grill to medium heat. Grease an 8 x 8-inch disposable foil pan.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together cherries, ¼ - ½ cup granulated sugar, lemon juice and cornstarch until evenly coated. Pour mixture into foil pan.
  3. Add oats, flour, brown sugar and ¼ cup granulated sugar to another bowl. Stir together. Pour vanilla extract and melted butter on top of oat mixture and stir to combine. Sprinkle evenly over cherries. Cover and firmly seal with heavy duty aluminum foil.
  4. Grill for 25-30 minutes or until bubbling around all the edges. Remove foil and grill for an additional 5-10 minutes or until topping is set. Remove crisp from grill and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes. Serve warm with ice cream.

Notes

I can't recommend this cherry pitter enough! Makes pitting 8 cups of cherries a much faster chore than trying to do it by hand.

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Pack some protein into your summer pasta salads with this Easy Orzo and Chickpea Salad recipe! One of my favorite things about summer (aside from the warm weather, lack of routine and ridiculous amounts of ice cream) is how we eat. Gone are the heavy meat and potatoes meals of winter. Instead, we relish fresh...

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Pack some protein into your summer pasta salads with this Easy Orzo and Chickpea Salad recipe!

Need a protein-packed vegetarian pasta salad? This Easy Orzo and Chickpea Salad is a great recipe for backyard BBQs! One of my favorite things about summer (aside from the warm weather, lack of routine and ridiculous amounts of ice cream) is how we eat. Gone are the heavy meat and potatoes meals of winter. Instead, we relish fresh produce and low maintenance meals. This Easy Orzo and Chickpea Salad is the perfect example. It’s a snap to make in advance for a backyard BBQ plus it doubles as a tasty lunch or snack to pull out of the fridge when the munchies strike.

This Easy Orzo and Chickpea Salad, loaded with crunchy cucumbers, juicy tomatoes and a savory oregano vinaigrette, not only scores major points for being cool and refreshing in the summer heat, it also packs a protein-filled punch. See those cute little chickpeas in the salad? Those guys are members of the pulses family, and they bring protein, fiber, iron and a whole host of antioxidants to the party. (That pretty much screams “superfood” to me!)

Other pulses family members include dry peas, lentils and beans. Adding pulses to a recipe is not only delicious, it’s also a surefire way to add more nutritious ingredients to your diet. Need further proof? Our Southwest Quinoa Salad – filled with black beans – is one of our most popular recipes!

I prefer to serve this Easy Orzo and Chickpea Salad chilled, but it’s also tasty at room temperature, which is great for entertaining. If you do prep the salad ahead of time, hold back a little bit of the oregano vinaigrette and stir it into the salad just before serving.

Tip: You can also substitute feta cheese in this recipe with equally delicious results.

Sooooo, adding this Easy Orzo and Chickpea Salad to our summer menus means I can feel better about eating ice cream everyday, right?

Add some flavor to your next potluck with this Easy Orzo and Chickpea Salad recipe!

Serves 6 (1 1/3 cups per serving)

Easy Orzo and Chickpea Salad

15 minPrep Time

8 minCook Time

23 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup dried orzo
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped cucumber
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 3 cups cooked chickpeas (or 3 cups canned, rinsed chickpeas)

Instructions

  1. Cook orzo according to package directions. Drain, rinse with cold water and set aside.
  2. Combine olive oil, vinegar, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper in a small mason jar. Shake vigorously to combine.
  3. Add cooked orzo, goat cheese, cucumber, tomatoes and chickpeas to a large bowl and stir to combine. Drizzle 2/3 of oregano vinaigrette over orzo mixture and stir to combine. Chill for at least 1 hour. Stir before serving and add remaining vinaigrette if desired.
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Pasta salads don’t get much tastier than this make-ahead Easy Orzo and Chickpea Salad! Perfect for summer entertaining and backyard BBQs!

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Turkey isn’t just for Thanksgiving! Fire up your grill this summer and make this Greek Turkey Pasta Salad! This easy salad recipe is mayo-free and great for a BBQ! Unless it is Thanksgiving time, turkey is often overlooked as the protein of choice for dinner, but we are here to change that. June is Turkey Lovers’...

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Turkey isn’t just for Thanksgiving! Fire up your grill this summer and make this Greek Turkey Pasta Salad! This easy salad recipe is mayo-free and great for a BBQ!

Fire up your grill and make this easy Greek Turkey Pasta Salad recipe!

Unless it is Thanksgiving time, turkey is often overlooked as the protein of choice for dinner, but we are here to change that. June is Turkey Lovers’ Month, and it’s the perfect time to fire up the grill for something unexpectedly delicious like this Greek Turkey Pasta Salad.

This entree salad is great for summer BBQs because it is packed with all the fresh Greek flavors we love – tomatoes, olives, red onion and feta cheese. Add some grilled turkey tenderloin that’s been marinated with lemon and olive oil, and you have yourself a protein-rich entree salad that is anything but boring and everything delicious. Plus the addition of grilled turkey provides more than just great taste. Turkey is filled with rockstar immune-boosting nutrients like iron, zinc and potassium.

Hosting a BBQ? You can easily prep this Greek Turkey Pasta Salad the day before, but I suggest you wait to add the spring greens mix until right before serving to keep it crisp. Add a few other salads to the menu (like this Watermelon Feta Salad and Mediterranean Quinoa Salad), stir up a pitcher of a refreshing sangria and summer entertaining couldn’t be easier.

Turkey is near and dear to our hearts because our home state of Minnesota (Go Gophers!) ranks No. 1 nationally in turkey farming with 450 turkey farm families raising 46 million turkeys raised each year. This Greek Turkey Pasta Salad would be great with roasted turkey as well, but we love the flavor the grill adds to the turkey tenderloins. Follow these tips to guarantee turkey tenderloin grilling success:

  1. Spray your grill with grill cooking spray before you place turkey on it to prevent it from sticking to the grates.
  2. Turkey will brown quickly. Always cook turkey tenderloins to an internal temperature of 165°F according to a food thermometer.
  3. Rotate turkey tenderloins often to maintain juiciness and enhance flavor
  4. Use tongs! Piercing the turkey meat causes flavorful juices to escape.
  5. Grill time varies! The size and shape of the cut of meat, the distance from the heat, temperature of the coals and the outside air temperature will all affect grilling time. Direct grill using medium-high heat for turkey tenderloins that require 25 minutes or less cooking time.
  6. Let the turkey rest before you dice it for the salad. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat.
Tip: Short on time? Use your favorite bottled red wine vinaigrette. No one will know and your salad will still taste delicious!

Fire up the grill and make this mayo free Greek Turkey Pasta Salad recipe! It's great for a summer BBQ!

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Ingredients

    Salad:
  • 12 ounces turkey tenderloin, grilled and diced into chunks
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • juice of half of a lemon
  • salt and pepper
  • 8 ounces dried penne pasta, cooked according to package directions
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup feta cheese
  • 1 cup sliced kalamata olives
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 ounces spring mix lettuce
  • Dressing:
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

    To prepare Turkey:
  1. Whisk the olive oil and lemon juice in a small bowl. Season the turkey tenderloin with salt and pepper and place in a resealable bag.
  2. Pour the olive oil and lemon juice mixture over the tenderloin and marinate for at least 30 minutes and up to 8 hours. Remove turkey from refrigerator 30 minutes prior to grilling.
  3. Preheat grill to medium high. Spray grill with cooking spray and place tenderloins on grill.
  4. Grill over medium high heat for 20 minutes or until internal temperature reads 165 on a thermometer turning every 5 minutes. Let meat rest for 10 minutes before dicing for salad.
  5. To prepare dressing:
  6. Place the vinegar, oregano, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper in a bowl and stir together. Gradually add the olive oil and whisk to thoroughly combine. Set aside until needed.
  7. To prepare Salad:
  8. Place cooked turkey, pasta, tomatoes, olives, and red onions in a large bowl. Pour desired amount of dressing over top and mix well. Add feta cheese and gently stir to combine.
  9. Right before serving, add spring mix greens to pasta bowl and stir to combine.
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 These Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins are the perfect combination of sweet and tart and are finished with an irresistible crunchy sugar topping.  I’ve come to learn that I’m kind of a muffin snob. I like to eat a muffin that isn’t too sweet, isn’t soggy, and has a nice crumb. There is nothing worse than seeing...

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 These Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins are the perfect combination of sweet and tart and are finished with an irresistible crunchy sugar topping. 

You can't go wrong with these scrumptious Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins!I’ve come to learn that I’m kind of a muffin snob.

I like to eat a muffin that isn’t too sweet, isn’t soggy, and has a nice crumb. There is nothing worse than seeing a gorgeous muffin and being disappointed with your first bite. But these Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins are anything but disappointing. In fact, they are so tasty, you are going to host brunch this weekend just so you have a reason to bake a batch of these muffins.   

Now, I’m generally a purist and don’t mix other fruits in my rhubarb baking, but I make an exception with these Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins. The sweetness of the strawberries balances the tartness of the rhubarb, which makes for a blissfully delicious muffin. Plus, you can make the batter in just 10 minutes and only use one bowl. Can it get any better?

It can.

The crunchy muffin top. The turbinado sugar sprinkled on top is just like magic. It adds this spectacular crunch to the muffin top. Making it anything but soggy. So don’t skip it. Trust me on that one.

Gorgeous and delicious, these Strawberry Rhubarb muffins are your slam dunk summer brunch addition. You can’t go wrong with them. I mean, how could you when you get delicious rhubarb flavor in every single bite?

Make-Ahead Tip: These Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins freeze really well! Make a double batch and save some for later!

These one-bowl Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins are the perfect blend of sweet and tart!

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Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins

Breakfast muffins filled with strawberries and rhubarb.

10 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, diced
  • 1 cup diced rhubarb (fresh or frozen) *If using frozen rhubarb, measure while still frozen and then thaw in colander. Do not squeeze extra liquid out.
  • Turbinado sugar for topping

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease muffin cups or line with muffin liners.
  2. In a large bowl, place 1 1/2 cups flour, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, salt and baking powder and combine.
  3. Place canola oil into a 1 cup liquid measuring cup; add the egg. Pour enough buttermilk in to fill to the one cup mark.
  4. Pour liquids into flour mixture and combine. Add strawberries and rhubarb and fold gently to combine.
  5. Fill muffin cups right to the top, and sprinkle with turbinado sugar. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven or until toothpick comes out clean.
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Looking for more ways to use your rhubarb? Try some of our favorites!

Rhubarb Bars– Garnish with Lemon

Rhubarb Strawberry Smoothie– She Wears Many Hats

Sparkling Rhubarb Shrub Cocktails– Garnish with Lemon

Rhubarb Cheesecake Pie– Foodie with Family

Homemade Rhubarb BBQ Sauce– Garnish with Lemon

 

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