As the summer sun starts to show itself in all it’s glory food becomes the forefront of our days outside. Whether it is small family gatherings or big parties, the summer gets us all social. And what better way to accompany our social lives but with a little social food.
Barbecues are such a summer tradition that they are almost the law, let’s face it. However, whilst I like a good burger as much as the next person, for me it is the accompanying dishes the can make or break a summer barbecue. These are where I put in most of my efforts because once the meat sweats kick in even my carnivorous husband comes looking for a little green.
Zesty Summer Salad
This Ultimate Zesty Salad is a firm favourite in our house. There are so many components to it that it could never be described as dull or unexciting. The other beauty with it is that it is both vegan and gluten free so if you have any summer guest with extra dietary requirements or preferences.
Quinoa (pronounce Keen-Wah incase you were unsure) is really good for you as it is high in protein and fibre and also is one of the few foods that contain all nine essential amino acids. You can read more of the health benefits of Quinoa here.
I have served it here a little differently as I have added some feta to it. Obviously this stops it being vegan but if that isn’t an issue then I would add some it as it offers up another level of tangy flavour and a little texture too. Also paired with some humous and a flatbread it makes the perfect light lunch if there is any left over.
I always like to pair my food with a good drink. In this instance any gin and light fizz, such as a Mediterranean tonic would work well. As does a good Rosé wine. One of my favourite rosés is a Sancerre and whilst it is a little pricier than your average rosé the cost can be seen in the taste. It is mine and Hubby’s summer wine of choice and it is my go to when I don’t fancy gin. Which is not often, of course, but it has been known to happen.