Summer Celebration Recipe Compilation

Here in Canada - and in the US too - many of us are getting ready for a long weekend of parties, barbecues, camping, or maybe a gathering at the cottage. I love any opportunity to celebrate, and of course, food is always at the forefront. If you're looking for a few good recipes to make for the weekend, look no further! I've put together a little list featuring a few of my tried-and-true, crowd pleasing, yet nutritious recipes. Whether you're looking for an appetizer, a summer salad, or if you have a hankering for something sweet or refreshing, see below for eight of my favourite summertime recipes!

BEET HUMMUS - perfectly portable, allergy friendly, and kid approved!

ZUCCHINI ALMOND DIP  - one of my most popular recipes by far, this raw vegan dip will impress even the pickiest eater.

AMY APPROVED 4-LAYER DIP - you'll be the most popular person at any party if you bring along this Mexican inspired layered dip. Enough said.

WATERMELON MINT SALAD -  the ultimate in hydration, this subtely sweet yet refreshing salad is ideal for a hot day.

SIMPLE SUMMER SLAW - this mega nutritious, yet shockingly delicious slaw never fails to impress. It's the perfect dish to bring to a potluck or a barbecue.

POWER PASTA SALAD - this has been a staple in the Longard family for years, and this protein packed, veggie-rich salad is guaranteed to be a hit!

COCAO BITES - I like to call these "healthy Timbits". I get so many requests for this recipe, and if you make it, you'll see why.

STRAWBERRY BASIL GRANITA - you really can't go wrong with this Italian inspired dessert. It's cool and refreshing and is a great excuse to combine strawberries and basil, both of which are currently in season.

I hope you enjoy these recipes. Here's to a safe, happy and healthy Canada Day and Independence Day!