Summer Favorites

This first recipe is pretty, healthy, & festive for any Summer party you’re invited to bring an appetizer.


2 cups coarsely chopped fresh blueberries
1 cup whole fresh blueberries
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
2 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
1/3 cup diced red bell pepper
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


Coarsely chop 2 cups fresh blueberries. Stir together chopped fresh blueberries, 1 cup whole blueberries, 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, 2 seeded and minced jalapeño peppers, 1/3 cup diced red bell pepper, 1/4 cup chopped onion, and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt in a large bowl. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

Serve with a mix of blue and regular corn chips.

Any leftover salsa is great topped on grilled fish or chicken.

Corn-and-Lima Bean Salad

Prep: 15 min, Cook: 5 min, Cool: 10 min, Chill: 1hr (or serve immediately)

Also known as summer succotash, this recipe becomes a staple side item in our home, paired with BBQ chicken, grilled fish, or included in a veggie dinner. We have even used left overs on top of a southwest style salad.


3 cups fresh corn kernels (6 ears)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 cup of fresh baby lima beans*
1 tablespoon fresh basil leaves, cut into thin strips
1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper

*1 cup frozen baby lima beans, thawed may be substituted


Saute corn kernels in hot oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat 3 minutes or until tender; add lima beans, and cook 2 minutes. Add bell pepper and cook 2 minutes until slightly tender.

Remove from heat, and let cool 10 minutes. Toss together lima bean mixture and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl.

Cover and chill 1 hour. (You may also serve immediately.)

Given that we have an abundance of cherry tomatoes and okra in our Summer garden this year, I’ll be making this variation of succotash next.

Best – Ever Succotash Recipe Source: Southern Living

Photo: Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Tina Bell Stamos; Prop Styling: Christine Keely – SL

2 thoughts on “Summer Favorites

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s