Enjoying summer produce at your Memorial Day party is a great way to incorporate the best this season has to offer. Although most fruits and vegetables are available year round, certain ones are at their peak during the summer months. After a long winter, tasting a fruit or vegetable at the peak of its freshness is truly an experience.
Here are some of my favorite summer picks: Berries, such as raspberries and blackberries are rich in vitamin C and dietary fiber. Cantaloupe usually finds its way into most fruit salads and is often served with something salty, such as cured ham. Cantaloupes are a good source of vitamins A, C and folate. Most people can agree that a tomato that is ripe and in season is second to none!
Kick off your summer meal with a refreshing chilled soup like the recipe below for Chilled Tomato Soup – a deliciously healthy way to get Lycopene (an antioxidant found in tomatoes) and potassium. Fresh summer fruit salsas made with peaches, pineapple or mango are mouth-watering accompaniments to grilled meat and fish. Try these ideas at this year’s Memorial Day party to kick off the fresh taste of summer!
|Fresh Peach Salsa|
|Prep: 5 minutes||Makes: 9 (1/4 cup) Servings|
In a medium bowl stir together peaches, onion, lime juice, peppers, garlic, cilantro and sugar. Chill for 1 to 2 hours.
0g Saturated Fat
1g dietary Fiber
|Chilled Tomato Soup|
|Prep: 10 minutes||Makes: About 5 (1-cup) Servings|
Puree tomatoes and onion in a blender until smooth. Strain to discard skin. Add vinegar, salt and pepper to taste. Chill until ready to serve. Garnish with sliced basil.
Serving Suggestion: Grilled crusty whole grain bread
0.5g Saturated Fat
2g Dietary Fiber