Summertime Greens

 

Small Green Garlic and Spinach Pesto 1

The flag may wave red, white, and blue on July 4th, but the real color of summer is green: green grass, green trees, and a plethora of healthy, delicious summertime greens – cucumbers, avocados, artichokes, herbs, salad, and much more.

Cool, crisp cucumbers are a great reason to give the blender or food processor a whirl. This complex green gazpacho is like a salad in a glass: cucumbers, green bell peppers, parsley, and cilantro blend with bread for body and quality olive oil for a silky smooth summertime starter. Also on point – toast points, that is – is this whipped feta spread topped with seasoned marinated cukes. Heavenly.

Rich avocados make a satisfying meal or shared appetizer, and olive oil enhances its rich and flavorful flesh. Bring your avocado toast up a notch with seasoned spicy cucumbers, a driz of high-quality olive oil, and a schmear of tahini – the results are amazing. And, up your guacamole game with a few ideas from Tyler Florence: chopped onion, Serrano chilis, fresh cilantro, EVOO, and a whole lot of lime juice. Your chips will never be the same.

This is the season when herbs are growing gangbusters, and they always lend nice verve to the plate. From green garlic and spinach pesto to this revitalizing green cilantro hummus (with celery and broccoli for dipping, of course) herbaceous fresh herbs can’t be beat.

No matter how you celebrate the summer holidays, you can’t go wrong when you go green.