Food

Small Bites, Big Fun

Summer get-togethers are a recipe for a good time. Who doesn’t love picturesque sunsets, longer days, and mingling with new buddies or old friends? And even though the season is coming to a close, it doesn’t mean your good times have to!

A seamless night of entertaining isn’t complete without – you guessed it – food. We’re talking craveable, fresh bites that you and your guests won’t be able to say “no” to.

We’ve put together some of our favorite warm weather appetizers. For the best selections of the season, try your local farmers market. (Pro tip: Many farmers markets also have flowers. Hello, centerpiece! Or, be like Rachael and keep your fresh herbs in a jar with water, just like your favorite summer blooms.)

So call up your friends and start setting the table, since you’re about to master our favorite spicy dips, small bites, and oversized platters for the ultimate end-of-summer gathering.

Grilled Guacamole

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There’s guacamole, and then there’s Grilled Guacamole. Game-changer! Helpful hint: If you see the guac beginning to turn brown, give it a little more lime juice. The citrus helps it keep its green color!

Aloha Nachos

We’re ready to hula for these Hawaiian-inspired nachos with a secret twist: Grilled pineapple.

Roast Cauliflower Bites with Kale Pesto

These bites are so healthy and simple. Roasted cauliflower gives a great crunch to savory pesto.

Chicken, Pepper and Basil Lettuce Cups with Thai BBQ Sauce

The cool crunch of lettuce cups and cucumbers are the perfect balance to this spicy chicken filling. 

White Gazpacho with Grilled Shrimp

For appetizer-sized sips of this cool gazpacho, try serving it in shot glasses! No spoons are necessary for everyone to enjoy. And for even more gazpacho goodness, try: Yellow Tomato Gazpacho, Toasted Almond Breadcrumbs, Tuna Salad Stuffed Piquillos or Plum Tomatoes

Five-Ingredient Teriyaki Pork and Pineapple Kebabs

Nothing says “summertime” like kebabs. For even more delish bites on a stick, try Rachael’s Herb Chicken Kebabs with ChimichurriFun fact: “Chimichurri” is an Argentinian green sauce typically used on grilled meats.

Black Bean and Corn Salad

Grab your chips and “dip” into this super-simple salad.

Roasted Cherry Tomato Bruschetta

You might not typically think of bruschetta as a “summer” recipe, but it’s absolutely the best season for tomatoes (and basil, too!). Let their natural flavor shine through with these fresh bites.

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