The days are long, the air is fresh & sweet, and that back yard that you’ve put so much work into over the past spring weeks is just begging you to throw a party. One of my favorite ways to entertain is to bring the indoors-out by hosting an outdoor dinner party. A beautiful outdoor dinner soiree is easy to host, and here I’ve got three simple, summery recipes that are sure to impress. The best part? Each recipe only uses 5-6 ingredients!
Watch the video ‘How-To’ here!
Apple Fennel Salad
- 1 bulb fennel, shaved or sliced thinly
- 1 Granny Smith green apple, cored and sliced thinly
- 6 cups spring mix greens
- fresh goat cheese or goat cheese crumbles
In a large bowl, top the spring greens with fennel shavings, apple slices, and goat cheese crumbles. Toss with lemon-cider dressing.
- 4 Tbs. olive oil
- 3 Tbs. apple cider vinegar
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1 tsp. sugar (if desired)
Place all ingredients in a jar with top screwed on tightly, and shake until combined.
Balsamic Grilled Pork Chops
- 2 cloves garlic, sliced
- 1 1/4 c. balsamic vinegar
- 2 Tbs. olive oil
- 1/2 tsp. chili powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- dash black pepper (if desired)
- 4 – 6 pork chops, approx 1/2 in thick (1.5-2lbs.)
1. Whisk all ingredients together thoroughly
2. place chops in a gallon sized storage bag. Pour marinade over the pork, and seal tightly. Refrigerate for minimum of 2 hours.
3. Grill on medium heat for 3-4 minutes on each side, until just cooked through. Remove from grill and let sit for a few minutes before cutting.
Berry Oat Crumble
- 1 c. rolled oats
- 1/3 c. flour
- 1/3 c. butter, room temperature
- 1/2 c plus 1 Tbs. sugar (set the 1 Tbs. aside)
- 1 Tsp. vanilla
- 2 cups berries, rinsed (your choice, if using strawberries, quarter them)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and butter the bottom and sides of an 8 inch square baking dish.
2. In a bowl, mix the berries and 1 Tbs. sugar and toss well. Set aside for 20-30 minutes.
3. In a separate bowl, combine oats, flour, and sugar. Cut in butter and vanilla and mix thoroughly manually or with a mixer until crumbly.
4. Pour the berries into the greased baking dish, and cover with crumble topping.
5. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until berries are bubbly and topping is golden brown.