Southern Summer Recipes
It’s sweet summertime Ellie gals, and you know what that means – it’s officially time to break out those summer recipes! You know, there really isn’t anything quite like a southern summer. The blazing heat makes that ice cold lemonade taste even sweeter, the smell of wild honeysuckle in the air pairs perfectly with a cherry popsicle, and southern accents sound so much smoother over a nice cocktail. Well ladies, no matter where it is that you call home, you can bring the South to your table with these amazing summer recipes – they’re just what the doctor ordered.
Let’s start with some salads…
Mojito Fruit Salad
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It just isn’t summer unless you’ve got yourself some fruit salad – we love this simply sweet recipe from Iowa Girl Eats. Not to worry, this salad is a perfect virgin…no alcohol required. Simply mix in some powdered sugar with some fresh lime juice, throw on some fresh chopped mint and you’ve got that authentic mojito taste that everyone can enjoy!
BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad
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Another smash recipe from Iowa Girl Eats. This one’s a bit heartier with savory BBQ chicken, grilled corn, and fresh herbs. We love that it includes the super food quinoa, making this salad the perfect meal to make ahead of time and take with you for lunch. Or, make it for a crowd and impress everyone with how delicious eating clean can be.
Now it’s time for a snack…
Slow Cooker Corn and Jalapeño Dip
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We love this hearty and creamy dip because it is the perfect dish to make for all the gatherings you’re sure to partake in this summer. It’s so incredibly easy to make too – throw it all in the crock pot and forget about it! The 2014 FIFA World Cup is in full swing, and this is the perfect recipe to whip up if you’ve got a viewing party to attend to cheer our guys on!
Now for the main event…
Coconut Macadamia Mango Crusted Mahi Mahi
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We can’t get enough of this delicious and healthy recipe from Make Life Lovely. Mahi Mahi is a great fish for grilling, because of its steak-like texture…it’s one filet that won’t fall apart on you. This is the perfect recipe to try out for your next date night. Do it on your own, or make it a joint effort and enjoy a glass of wine and one another’s company while creating a fabulous meal together. The grill won’t be the only thing heating up!
Now we need some sweet summertime treats…
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We don’t know what it is, but there’s just something about summer that makes you crave some fresh fruit! Well honey, these lemon bars are the perfect desserts to satisfy your summertime craving. Deliciously tart and perfectly sweet, this is one recipe that you will go back to again and again.
Butterscotch Peach Cobbler
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What’s a southern summer without peach cobbler? Just another hot day, that’s what. A mouth-watering, soul-warming peach cobbler recipe is simply a must for every southern household – and sugar, this one is to DIE for! The butterscotch and caramel take traditional peach cobbler up about a thousand notches, sending you and your tastebuds straight to heaven.
Now for some sweet and spicy summer cocktails…
Moscato Strawberry Lemonade
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Prefer to drink your calories? We hear ya! This moscato strawberry lemonade is the perfect bubbly concoction to whip up for a girls night on the deck. Perfectly sweet and fruity, you won’t believe what you’re drinking (except please do, there’s vodka in there…)!
Indian Summer Cocktail
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Moscato too sweet for you? Try this Indian Summer Cocktail on for size. Warm and spicy bourbon meets tangy and juicy limoncello in this sweet heat southern cocktail. The fresh sage cuts the bite of the bourbon beautifully, making this a great drink to sip on the back porch while watching the sunset.
There you have it, ladies! Some of our all-time favorite southern summer recipes. We hope y’all enjoy and find some meals or drinks that you can put into the rotation this summer. Go out there and face that big, beautiful world, Ellie gals. Be fierce. Be fabulous. Eat, drink, and be merry.