We have a confession to make: we’re crazy for cookouts and cookout food. Not that we don’t love other types of get-togethers, mind you, but there’s something so satisfying about kicking back in the beautiful outdoors with a bunch of friends and some really terrific salads, sandwiches, and desserts. So for this edition of Friday Fun, we’ve scouted the Web for the best recipes for your upcoming barbecue or cookout.
We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the first fruit of spring with this healthy combo of fresh mixed greens, the antioxidant and nutrient powerhouse duo of almonds and pepitas, and a vegan “bacon” made of coconut that tastes darn close to the real deal. Bonus points for the spicy black pepper vinaigrette.
This flavorful little double bean patty has a smoky-sweet flavor on its own. But the avocado harissa gives it a surprisingly addictive tropical-meets–spicy–Middle Eastern flair. Add a handful of arugula, and a couple slices tomato and red onion, and the rest is . . . yum.
Traditional fish tacos with fried fish can be time-consuming and messy to make. Not so these simple grilled salmon tacos, which cook up in less than 15 minutes and are a whole lot less caloric. We skip the sugar in the spice rub—salmon is a naturally sweet fish that doesn’t need it—and instead pile on the crunchy-tangy apple-cucumber salsa for an extra hit of fresh, summery flavor.
What’s better than homemade ginger ice cream? Ginger ice cream with a kick of Chinese five spice, of course. Slap a crispy, not-too-sweet sesame cookie on either side, and you have an all-grown-up version of the cookout classic ice cream sandwich.
This cocktail recipe is about as easy as it gets. Make it in large quantities the morning of your party, and serve it in a glass or pretty plastic pitcher so everyone can appreciate the sunny colors.