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Whether you’re BBQ’ing at home, in the backyard or heading out to a socially distanced gathering with family and friends (6 feet, mask, wash your hands, etc.) Here are a couple of sides sure to please!

Patriotic Potato Salad 

Made with red, white and blue potatoes, this salad is a delicious & easy side dishcovered with a homemade Herb Vinaigrette. 

Ingredients 

  • 1 lb. purple potato 
  • 24 oz. baby yukon potatoes 
  • 24 oz. baby red potatoes 
  • 3 hard boiled eggs, sliced

    Herb Dressing:
     
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced 
  • 1 tablespoon diced fresh rosemary 
  • 1 tablespoon diced fresh thyme 
  • 2 tablespoons diced fresh flat leaf parsley 
  • 1/4 cup diced fresh chives 
  • 2 tablespoons stone ground mustard 
  • 1 tablespoon honey 
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 
  • 1/4 cup olive oil 
  • salt and pepper to taste 

Directions 

  • Fill a large pot with water. Add whole potatoes into the pot. Cover and bring to a boil. 
  • Cook until the potatoes are fork tender. About 20-30 minutes. 
  • Remove potatoes from pot and drain. Let sit for 5 minutes to cool. Cut into quarters. 
  • In a medium bowl, add garlic cloves, rosemary, thyme, parsley, chives, mustard, honey, and red wine vinegar. Using a whisk stir until combined. 
  • Slowly add olive oil to the bowl, whisking the whole time until the mixture turns to a dressing. 
  • Add quarters potatoes to a large bowl with hard boiled eggs. Pour dressing over the potatoes. Toss the potato salad until all the potatoes are covered in the dressing. 
  • Add salt and pepper to taste. 
  • Serve. 

Greek Pasta Salad

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Greek Pasta Salad recipe with tomatoes, artichokes, olives, red onion, cucumber, feta & a homemade dressing. This cold pasta salad makes a great side dish. 

Ingredients 

  • 1 roasted red pepper, finely diced 
  • 1 cup diced artichoke hearts (from a can) 
  • 1 1/2 cup halved cherry tomatoes 
  • 1 1/2 cup diced cucumbers 
  • 1/2 cup sliced red onion 
  • 1 cup halved kalamata olives 
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese 
  • 1 lb. mini farfelle pasta (bowtie pasta) 
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chiffoned 

Greek Dressing: 

  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar 
  • 1/4 cup olive oil 
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice 
  • 1 garlic clove, minced 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dry oregano 
  • salt & pepper to taste 

Green Goddess Hummus

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This delicious green hummus recipe is flavored with fresh herbs. Use classic green goddess dressing herbs or change it up with other fresh, leafy herbs. (You’ll want to use 1 cup or less fresh herbs, to taste.) Recipe yields about 1 ¾ cup hummus. 

Ingredients 

  • ¼ cup tahini 
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice (about 1 large lemon’s worth) 
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for serving 
  • ½ cup roughly chopped, loosely packed fresh parsley 
  • ¼ cup roughly chopped, loosely packed fresh tarragon or basil 
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh chives or green onion 
  • 1 large garlic clove, roughly chopped 
  • ½ teaspoon salt, more to taste 
  • One (15-ounce) can of chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed 
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons water, optional 
  • Garnish with extra olive oil and a sprinkling of chopped fresh herbs 

Directions 

  • Combine the tahini and lemon juice in the bowl of your food processor (a smaller food processor will be better suited to the job) or high-powered blender. Process for about 1 ½ minutes, pausing to scrape down the bowl of your processor as necessary. 
  • Add the olive oil, parsley, tarragon, chives, chopped garlic and salt to the whipped tahini and lemon juice mixture. Process for about 1 minute, pausing to scrape down the bowl as necessary. 
  • Add half of the chickpeas to the food processor and process for 1 minute. Scrape down the bowl, then add the remaining chickpeas and process for until the hummus is thick and quite smooth, about 1 to 2 minutes more. 
  • If your hummus is too thick or hasn’t yet blended into creamy oblivion, run the food processor while drizzling in 1 to 2 tablespoons water, until it reaches your desired consistency. 
  • Scrape the hummus into a small serving bowl. Drizzle about a tablespoon of olive oil on top and sprinkle with additional chopped herbs. 
  • Store hummus in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to one week. 

Quick Classic Baked Beans

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Ingredients 

  • 6 center-cut bacon slices, chopped 
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion 
  • 3 thyme sprigs 
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced 
  • 1/2 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth 
  • 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar 
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard 
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika 
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper 
  • 3 (15-ounce) cans organic navy beans, drained 
  • 1 (8-ounce) can unsalted tomato sauce 

Directions 

  • Preheat broiler to high. 
  • Cook bacon in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon, reserving drippings.  
  • Add onion and thyme sprigs to drippings in pan; sauté 3 minutes.  
  • Add garlic; sauté 1 minute.  
  • Stir in broth and remaining ingredients; reduce heat to medium and cook, uncovered, 10 minutes or until slightly thick, stirring occasionally. Discard thyme. 
  • Remove from heat; stir in bacon.  
  • Broil 4 minutes or until bubbly and edges are crusty. 

Bobby Flay’s Creamy Cole Slaw

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Ingredients 

  • 1 head green cabbage, finely shredded 
  • 2 large carrots, finely shredded 
  • 3/4 cup best-quality mayonnaise 
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream 
  • 2 tablespoons grated Spanish onion 
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, or to taste 
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar 
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard 
  • 2 teaspoons celery salt 
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper 

Directions 

  • Combine the shredded cabbage and carrots in a large bowl.  
  • Whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, onion, sugar, vinegar, mustard, celery salt, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl, and then add to the cabbage mixture.  
  • Mix well to combine and taste for seasoning; add more salt, pepper, or sugar if desired.