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The Easiest Summer Appetizer Ever: Caprese Salads on a Stick

I don’t know about you, but my summer calendar seems to stay filled with picnics, backyard barbecues, and even a pool party or two. Those occasions usually require that I bring an appetizer or finger food, so I’ve mastered the easiest appetizer ever for summer gatherings. Now, I’m sharing it with you. If you have your own garden, this appetizer will […]

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The Perfect Use for Your Summer Peaches: Peach Upside-Down Cake

Beth Lipton, food director at sister brand Health magazine, says peaches are “the quintessential summer fruit, and they represent the season perfectly — they’re sweet and fragrant and luscious, just like summer itself.” So when Short Stack cookbooks wanted her to pick something super seasonal for a summer edition, she knew just wanted she wanted to do. Here, find her summer twist […]

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Diary of a Saucy Lady: 6 Ways to Use Our No-Cook Tomato Sauce

There is nothing better than a sweet, juicy, sun-ripened tomato. Make the most of the season’s bounty with this fresh no-cook tomato sauce. Fresh Tomato Sauce Balsamic vinegar, basil, and summer tomatoes—yes, please! The secret ingredient here is a touch of molasses, which adds caramelized flavor to this no-cook sauce. Ingredients 1 pound ripe tomatoes, divided (such as Campari) 3 […]

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The Ultimate Summer Sangria

How do you make sangria, a quintessential summertime cooler, even more summery? Start by switching out red wine for the season’s pink darling, rosé. As for fruit, nothing says summer refreshment like dripping-ripe melons. Add cooling mint, and top with a splash of flowery liqueur. Whether you’re poolside, picnicking, or porch-rocking, this sangria is pitcher-perfect. – Rosé is all about […]

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Build Cleaner, Smarter Summer Salads

Salads always seem like the healthy option—a quick way to meet your daily, fruit, and veggie quota. Added bonus: They’re a simple, no-cook approach to summer supper, and most are clean without much effort. But a heavy hand with dressing, combined with calorie-dense toppers like cheese, bacon, and even heart-healthy nuts, can quickly turn those bountiful greens into a 1,000-calorie […]

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How Long Can You Store Fresh-Pressed Juice?

We love to promote make-ahead dinners, lunches, and snacks here at Cooking Light. Using your weekend to boil big batches of whole grains or layer un-dressed salads in adorable mason jars is a great way to get a healthy jumpstart on your week. However, juicing is one make-ahead process you may want to skip. For starters, there’s a reason the bottled juices […]

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Clean Summer Salad of the Day: Chicken, Avocado, and Peanut Salad with Grapefruit-Chive Vinaigrette

Summer is the perfect season for refreshing, crisp, vibrant salads. This Chicken, Avocado, and Peanut Salad combines creamy avocado with fresh carrot and onion, grilled chicken, and filling peanuts. Make your own vinaigrette (recipe below) to cut down on sugar, salt, and fat.   Grapefruit-Chive Vinaigrette 3 tablespoons dark sesame oil + 2 teaspoons grapefruit juice + 1 teaspoon rice vinegar + […]

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Clean Summer Salad of the Day: Balsamic, Beet, and Berry Salad with Balsamic Rosemary Vinaigrette

If you’ve got a bounty of berries coming from your garden or farmers’ market, there’s no reason you shouldn’t toss them into a salad for a sweet-tart twist on a classic dinner salad. In this one, we’ve used strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries, but feel free to use any berries you have. BALSAMIC ROSEMARY VINAIGRETTE 3 tablespoons olive oil + 1 […]

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Clean Summer Salad of the Day: Shrimp, Squash, and Bacon Salad with Sweet Cilantro Vinaigrette

Consider this salad a summery spin on a classic Cobb. Grilled shrimp replaces chicken, and we’re piling up some shaved summer squash for a truly seasonal twist. Sweet Cilantro Vinaigrette 3 tablespoons olive oil + 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar + 1 teaspoon light agave nectar + ¼ teaspoon kosher salt + ¼ teaspoon pepper + 1 teaspoon finely chopped […]

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Clean Summer Salad of the Day: Peaches and Green Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette

The true summer jewels, peaches and tomatoes, shine in this simple salad with prosciutto, almonds, and a hint of blue cheese. Top with a simple Red Wine Vinaigrette (recipe below) and let the produce be the star of this refreshing salad. Red Wine Vinaigrette 3 tablespoons olive oil + 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar + ¼ teaspoon salt + ¼ teaspoon […]

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