Savory Grape Salad

If you’re anything like me, it’s safe to say that you probably aren’t going to be winning a cooking show on Food Network anytime soon. But, that doesn’t mean your recipes have to be boring or simple and reflect that! The recipe I’m sharing today is one that I found browsing for exciting new ways to incorporate fresh produce into everyday meals. Courtesy of savorthis on Food52‘s website, this savory grape salad will amaze you at how simple flavorful cooking can be. This salad pairs great with grilled chicken and could be an awesome addition to your Memorial Day BBQ!

Ingredients:

~8 oz King Fresh Grapes (sliced thinly)

~1/3 Cup Sliced Almonds64f67419-0344-46f0-8cdd-fe68577691b7--grapes-f52.jpg

~1 Garlic Clove (sliced thinly)

~6 Basil Leaves (sliced thinly)

~2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

~2 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar

~1 oz Feta Cheese

First, toast the almonds in a pan without oil. On a plate or in a bowl, add the grapes, basil, and toasted almonds together. Heat the oil and garlic in a pan, and toast the garlic. Once it is toasted, use a spoon and scoop the oil and garlic over the grape mixture. Drizzle balsamic vinegar over the grapes, then crumble feta cheese over the salad. You can season with salt and pepper, then you’ve got yourself a delicious, easy dish that is bursting with flavor! All credit for this delicious recipe goes to savorthis. For full recipe with directions and author notes, click here! For more fantastic recipes like this, visit her website here! Have an awesome Memorial Day Weekend and let us know what you think of these recipes!

Savannah Millburn

Berry Patriotic Fruit Salad

With Memorial Day weekend on the horizon, we at King Fresh thought we would share some of our favorite recipes that we’ll be serving up this weekend. One of my families summertime favorites is the Red, White and Blueberry fruit salad. This delicious salad not only tastes great, but is sure to liven up any backyard barbecue due to the brilliant colors of the fruit!

Ingredients:blueberry_commod

~1 pint of King Fresh Strawberries

~1 pint of King Fresh Blueberries

~1/3 cup of Honey

~2 teaspoons lemon or lime juice

~4 bananas

To start, wash the strawberries and blueberries thoroughly. Next, cut up the strawberries into halves or quarters, whichever you prefer. Toss the strawberries and blueberries in a bowl, and add the honey and lime juice. Sugar and lemon juice can be substituted at this step depending on your preferences, however I think the honey complements the sweetness of the fruit without overpowering it. Refrigerate the strawberries and blueberries until chilled, then before serving cut up the bananas and add them to the mix. Voila! You’ve got a gorgeous fruit salad that is sure to impress no matter who you serve it to.

Although we usually don’t end up with any leftover, this recipe will keep in the refrigerator for up to three days. The lime juice acts to preserve the bananas so they don’t brown. For the full original recipe, click here! Have a safe Memorial Day Weekend, and be sure to check back for more fun recipes!

Savannah Millburn

10 Things To Do This July

Mid-summer never felt so hot with these fresh ideas for your home!

The flowers are in-bloom, the BBQ is fired up and your social calendar is booked with one backyard party after another. Make the most of the season with these simple suggestions!

1 Clean the BBQ
Often neglected, the BBQ can be a breeding ground for bacteria and waste. Depending on how often it gets used, your grill should be cleaned every time you cook on it and come July, it’s in major need of some TLC. Roll up your sleeves and grab a steel wire brush to work out all the grease and food particles that reside in the grates, under the burners and on the lid. The best tip? Clean right after you’ve used the BBQ when it is still mildly warm. It will make your life a lot easier!

2 Indulge in fresh foliage
Time to take advantage of all that “pre” season gardening you did in March! Stroll through your garden and pick flowers for a beautiful arrangement in your home. Since you will be saving on the expense of purchasing in a flower shop, adorn every room with some of your favorite blooms.

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3 Bring summer in
If you skipped out on spring cleaning this year — as we all tend to do from time to time! — clean the windows in your home. Don’t try to do it on your own or else it will be September before you know it. Invest in a professional service for a one-day stint. You’ll be amazed at the results.

4 Lighten up
Summers means heat and humidity, so contemplate making minor changes to your decor that will make your surroundings more comfortable. Change your bed linens from winter flannels to airy cotton blends or silks. Do your duty for the environment and give the air conditioning a break by buying a few stylish fans to place in and around your house.

5 Camp out
Whether you have a family or are part of a cozy couple, take a mini-vacation … in your own backyard. Pitch a tent, grab your sleeping bags and light your tiki torches. Summer only lasts three months so enjoy the environment around you and take advantage of sleeping under the stars!

6 Host a Japanese-themed tea party
Get in touch with your inner Zen and host a beautiful outdoor tea party. The key is to keep it simple and clean and to surround yourself with the four elements of nature. Decorate the table with colorful stones, elegant fresh orchids, and tiny tea candles. Place a trickling fountain nearby, serve green tea in pretty cups and watch your guests soak up the tranquility.

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7 Fly high
Take advantage of the warm breeze and sunny skies by planning a trip to your local park to fly a kite with your family. Pack a picnic lunch and you have the perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon.
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8 Road tripping
As soon as the weather warms, farmers markets and fruit stands pop up virtually everywhere in the city and in the suburbs. Traditionally only open for a limited run, jump on your bike (or yes, into your car if need be) and discover these hidden gems.

9 Going, going, gone
Even if vintage chic isn’t your exactly decor mantra, garage sales are just a fun way to explore your neighborhood on a weekend. Don’t knock it until you try it; you really never know what you may find.

10 Cocktail connoisseur
Backyard soirees are a dime a dozen come this time of year, so next time you host, try something different by having a cocktail pot-luck (with hors d’oeuvres, naturally). Invite a group of friends to create a new, season-themed drink (alcoholic or non) and have a judging panel choose the ultimate sipper. Remember, the summer is all about letting loose and having some fun. Don’t take it too seriously!

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