This post was originally published here on July 24, 2014. I’ve updated the photographs and text to better showcase this delicious (and easy!) Summer dinner.
Eeeek! You guys! I’m starting to have anxiety about the end of Summer.
I know, I know. It’s only mid-July. But last week my grocery store put out their Halloween candy and that kind of sent me into a feverish downward spiral. I literally just stood in the aisle staring at the rows of pumpkins and ghosts and felt an equal mix of extreme sadness and intense rage.
Cue anxiety attack.
Also, can we seriously talk about Halloween candy at the grocery store in July. WTF is wrong with everyone. Just NO! No, no, no, no, no, no, no…!!!
Anyways. Since eating always improves my mood, I went home and decided to whip up the ultimate Summer dinner: Spicy Grilled Shrimp with Coconut Lime Rice and Peach Salsa.
Fall: stand down. You’ve been warned.
This recipe has a couple separate parts that you need to prepare. But it’s so worth it. And all the steps are super easy. I promise.
The shrimp are spicy and crazy flavorful. And they take only a few minutes to cook up on the grill. And the fresh peach salsa is the perfect blend of savory and sweet notes. It’s great not only in this dish, but also on just about anything grilled: chicken, pork, salmon, etc. You can also put it on tacos. Or just scoop it straight onto some tortilla chips. You get the idea. Find a way to get this peach salsa into your body in any way possible.
But the coconut-lime rice might just be my favorite part about this whole recipe. Seriously. Making rice with canned coconut milk instead of water is a total game changer. It feels tropical and luxurious, but still easy. Just like how Summer should feel.
So tell me, how are YOU celebrating Summer these days? Give me some more ideas for my Summer bucket list. Because it’s not over yet, and I tend to make the most of it!
This post was originally published here on August 29, 2014. It’s a favorite recipe of mine, so I thought it was worth re-visiting with new and improved photos. I hope you try it out!
I have been in a MEGA salad mood these past couple of weeks. Like, I literally can’t stop eating salads. They’re all I want. All day. Every day.
I’ve always been a big salad eater. But you know how there are some days when you’re just eating a salad because you feel like you’re suppose too be. Like, maybe you’re trying to erase some poor choices from the day before. Yeah. I’ve had my fair share of those moments (most recently, this past Saturday). I think we all have.
But lately, I don’t feel like that at all. My appetite for salads has been insatiable. Luckily for me, there is an overwhelming amount of delectable Summer produce available right now. So feeding my salad desires has never been so easy. Or delicious.
This Grilled Potato and Fig Salad with Maple-Almond Clusters has been a favorite recipe of mine for years now. And it’s currently making it’s way back into heavy rotation. I’m literally obsessed with this salad. And as long as I can reliably find fresh figs at the grocery story, that obsession will continue. Fig season is SO SHORT (which pains me greatly). So when they are around, you know damn straight I’m taking advantage of them in every way possible.
I’m also taking advantage of my grill while the weather allows, grilling both the potatoes and the figs for this recipe. The potatoes do require a little pre-cooking, which helps them to cook evenly on your grill without burning. But it’s worth the extra step. Because everything tastes better from the grill. Even salads.
I find that I don’t need much in the way of dressing for this salad. Just a drizzle of reduced balsamic vinegar is plenty for me. But you can add some extra-virgin olive oil, if desired.
Beware these maple-almond clusters. They are pretty much like crack. CRACK I tell you! It takes a lot of willpower not to eat (demolish?) the entire batch in one sitting. You might want to just go right ahead and double the recipe, so you have enough for nibbling on and for topping this salad. Trust me when I say they are highly addicting.