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Effortless Summer Side Dishes

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With summer fast approaching, this is a great time of year for family gatherings and cookouts. Whether you’re hosting or making an appearance as a guest, it’s always stressful to try and decide what to bring along.

After all, no one wants their dish to be left untouched. 

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We’ve provided three recipes for side dishes that will have the group praising their uniqueness and asking you for the secret! Listed from easiest to more time consuming, here are our picks for great cookout sides:

1. Strawberry Poppyseed Salad

Similar to the favorite and seasonal berry salad over at Wendy’s (get more info here), strawberry poppyseed salad is a great option for summer due to its light and sweet flavor. Summer is also strawberry picking season, so if you and your family have gone out and find yourselves with pounds and pounds of the berries, put them to work in this unique recipe.

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Strawberry Poppyseed Salad [RECIPE]

Strawberry poppyseed salad is a great option for summer due to its light and sweet flavor. Summer is also strawberry picking season, so if you and your family have gone out and find yourselves with pounds and pounds of the berries, put them to work in this unique recipe.
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INGREDIENTS

Ingredients:

• 1 cup strawberries
• Baby spinach
• 3 tbsp poppy seeds
• ¼ tbsp Balsamic vinegar
• Goat cheese
• ½ cup Olive oil
• ¼ cup white vinegar
• 1/4 cup sugar

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Side International 2

Nutrition Info: 189 calories // Servings: 1 serving

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Step by step instructions below:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the vinegars, oil, poppyseeds, and sugar. This will be your dressing.
  2. Wash and cut strawberries into bite-sized pieces, making sure to take the tops off.
  3. Wash the spinach and place it in a large bowl. Sprinkle in strawberries and goat cheese, mixing lightly. Drizzle the dressing over the top or leave it on the side for guests to pour themselves.

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2. Marinated Cucumbers

Quick and easy, marinated cucumbers don’t take much effort as most of the preparation happens while the dish sits in the fridge. If you’re tight on time, this would be the ideal side to bring to a gathering. 

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Marinated Cucumbers [RECIPE]

Quick and easy, marinated cucumbers don’t take much effort as most of the preparation happens while the dish sits in the fridge. If you’re tight on time, this would be the ideal side to bring to a gathering.
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INGREDIENTS

Ingredients:

• 2 whole cucumbers
• 1 sprig of dill
• ¼ cup vinegar
• ¼ cup water
• 1 lime
• Salt and pepper to taste
• 4 tbsp oil

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Side Asian 4

Nutrition Info: 21 calories // Servings: 1 serving

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  1. This dish can be prepared the night before or an hour before, depending on how much time you have. All in all, the actual preparation takes about ten minutes.
  2. Begin by washing the cucumbers and slicing them thinly, or using a mandolin. Leave the skin on! It’s where all the nutrients are, and it won’t take away from the appeal. Place the cucumber in a shallow dish.
  3. In a measuring cup, combine the vinegar, water, and oil. Chop dill up or break by hand for larger pieces, and mix in with the liquid ingredients.
  4. Sprinkle the cucumbers with salt and pepper. Pour the vinegar mixture evenly over the slices, using a fork to make sure every slice is distributed evenly and in contact with the liquid.
  5. Roll the lime against a hard surface to release the juices, cut in half, and squeeze over the dish. Cover the cucumbers with a lid or cling wrap and refrigerate, either overnight or for at least an hour. This dish can be served chilled or at room temp.

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3. Buttermilk Biscuits

Not to be confused with British biscuits, the biscuits of North America are leavened and used as a savory side as opposed to a sweet dessert.

Biscuits are popular in many fast food chains, but you probably didn’t know that they’re incredibly easy to make at home and take no longer than a half hour. This recipe is inspired from Live Well Bake Often.

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Buttermilk Biscuits [RECIPE]

Biscuits are popular in many fast food chains, but you probably didn’t know that they’re incredibly easy to make at home and take no longer than a half hour.
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INGREDIENTS

Ingredients:

• 2 cups flour
• Buttermilk (¾ cups milk plus 2tbs vinegar – this works with milk alternatives as well!)
• 6 tbsp butter, cold
• ¼ tbsp baking soda
• 1 tbsp baking powder
• 2 tsp sugar
• Salt

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Breakfast British 8

Nutrition Info: 88 calories // Servings: 1 serving

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Instructions:

  1. If you’re making the buttermilk from scratch, combine the milk and vinegar in a measuring cup and let chill in the refrigerator.
  2. Preheat the oven to 450 and line a baking sheet. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
  3. You can cube butter and cut it in, but we’ve found a simpler way to incorporate the frustrating ingredient: grate it. As long as the butter is cold, you can easily grate it using a cheese grater. Add the butter into the flour and use your hands to mix the two, crumbling the flour and butter between your hands until it reaches a fine, pea-sized consistency.
  4. Pour almost all of the buttermilk into the mixture (leave at least a few tablespoons) and beat it on low until everything is incorporated but not over-mixed. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and carefully fold it over repeatedly a few times.
  5. Making sure the surface is floured just enough that the dough won’t stick, flatten it by hand or with a roller to about ½ inch thickness. Cut out circles using a cookie cutter or by cutting with a knife around an upturned glass to guide you.
  6. After you place the biscuits on the baking sheet, brush the tops of each one lightly with the remaining buttermilk. If you’d like to add a bit of sweetness, drizzle honey on top.
  7. Bake at 450 for about 15-18 minutes, until golden brown on top.

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