Fun in the Sun

Cap off a day of play with dinner outdoors

(Family Features) Enjoying the great outdoors is a perfect way to create fun memories with family or friends. All that fresh air is sure to work up your appetite, so be sure to plan a delicious meal to top off all the merriment.

Get those taste buds fired up for a delicious meal with a flavorful starter like

. Take family favorites outdoors with this savory take on a flatbread pizza. Then close down an evening of open-air entertainment on a sweet note with a scrumptious dessert.

Explore more family-friendly recipes to enjoy outdoors this summer at culinary.net.

Smart Starters and Sides
There’s plenty to learn from the Mediterranean diet, and this recipe is proof. A variety of colorful cancer-fighting veggies, flavorful herbs and spices, and a bit of healthy fat make for a perfect starter or accompaniment to a grilled protein for a well-rounded meal. Find more recipes to help you eat well at AICR.org.

Grilled Panzanella

Reprinted with permission from the American Institute for Cancer Research
Servings: 6

  • 4          garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2       teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2          tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/4       cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt, to taste
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 15        fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 1          medium cucumber, seeded, washed and cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 3          large ripe tomatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2          tablespoons green olives, pitted and chopped (capers may be substituted)
  • 1          medium red bell pepper, seeded and quartered
  • 1/2       large red onion, cut in half and then into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1/2       small loaf crusty whole-grain French or Italian bread, cut into 1-inch slices and halved

Heat grill.

  1. In mixing bowl, whisk together garlic, mustard, vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper; set aside.
  2. In large bowl, gently combine basil, cucumber, tomatoes and olives.
  3. Brush bell peppers and onion slices on one side with oil mixture. Place oil-side down on hot grill and cook 3-4 minutes. Brush other side with oil mixture, turn over and cook additional 3-4 minutes.
  4. Remove from grill. On cutting board, cut peppers into 1/2-inch slices and separate onion rings. Add peppers and onions to vegetable mix. Add remaining oil mixture and toss to coat.
  5. Toast both sides of bread until browned. On serving platter, layer bread and top with vegetables and basil mixture.

 

 

SOURCE: Culinary.net

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