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TRY THESE 4 TASTY SUMMER DISHES

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Summer’s here, and along with longer days and warmer nights, that means seasonal fruits and vegetables, and uniquely delicious dishes. Check out our guide to the best seasonal dishes to enjoy this summer.

Marinated Zucchini Salad

So many zucchini dishes result in soggy, slimy squash. This surprising concoction is a welcome contradiction. Consisting of thinly ribboned zucchini and a simple lemon vinaigrette, it will change the way you think about this summer squash, we’re sure.

Heirloom Tomato Caprese Salad

If you’ve never had caprese, you’re in for a treat. This simple salad consists of fresh, juicy heirloom tomato slices topped with slices of fresh mozzarella, and finished with a fresh basil leaf. The whole thing is drizzled in fine extra virgin olive oil and a splash of balsamic vinegar. Delicioso.

Scorched Broccolini

Simple and delicious, this side dish is really just one thing: burned broccolini, topped with a handful of fresh parmesan or pecorino ribbons. Just toss the broccolini in a little olive oil and salt and then either toss it in a cast iron pan in your 400-degree oven or throw it on the grill. The burned bits have a delicious crunch and an unexpected flavor.

Pesto Anything

Nothing screams summer quite like fresh, homemade pesto. An abundance of fresh basil is available right now, grab yourself a bag and get out the food processor. There are a ton of variations to choose from when making this classic topper. Traditionally, the nut of choice is pine nuts, but at around $20 to $30 a pound that’s a little more than many of us want to spend. And there are plenty of delicious alternatives, like this recipe using almonds. Toss your fresh pesto with pasta, spread it on a sandwich, or smooth it over salmon and grill. There’s really no wrong way to eat it.

For more tips on having a great summer this year and the next, visit the Olympus Solaire blog.

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