Summer brings some refreshing thoughts of lemonades, citrus fruits, ice popsicles and colourful salads. It sure is a playful and colourful time of the year with picnics, trips to beaches, outdoor games and activities. But what happens when summer decides to take a toll on us with its scorching unrelenting heat? Most of the time we avoid stepping out in the sun as much as possible, spilling water all over our outdoor plans.
Around this time of the year, summer brings great relief as the temperature comes to terms with us. Yes, I am talking about those couple of months just before the chilly winter starts, when the temperature comes down to a pleasant degree of warmness. Since we are almost stepping into those months, why not start our fun outdoor activities with a healthy and refreshingly light salad party?
As assumed, salad parties are not about healthy and boring food on the counter. It is more of a casual and open-air party which you can set up for your friends and family by the poolside or in your backyard garden on a weekend to enjoy the warm weather with them. Since the party is held in an open-air environment, there will be more physical activities like sports and games involved making the party more fun. Throwing a salad party is not only healthy for the guests but time effective for the host also. You don’t have to cook much for a salad party, all you have to do is to cut some veggies and fruits, thus making it an excellent platform for you to showcase your knife skills too if you may please. And, especially in the Ramadan season, it’s one of the best options to break your fast and enjoy a hearty meal that is healthy, filling and light on your tummy.
Serving salad from starter to dessert gives you a variety of effortless options. You can make bite-size starters with raw veggies along with feta or goat cheese, grilled meat pieces, mushrooms, olives, etc. the options are plenty to serve the starters with some bread and dips. To serve some drinks, you have lemonade, fresh juices or impress the guests with your own fruit punch recipe.
For the main course, you can choose wholemeal salads like shrimp caesar salad, Thai beef salad or a Modern Tabbouleh, that is in itself a complete meal. When it comes to desserts at a salad party, fruits and nuts come to the rescue. Play with different coloured fruit combinations with your choice of nuts and drizzle some honey or even melted dark chocolate to satisfy your sweet tooth on a healthy note. As far as kids are concerned, go easy on them and serve them some ice creams, sorbet, custard or even some whipped cream along with the fruits and nuts, and they would be more than happy to have them.
When you decide to throw a salad party, remember it is a win-win situation for everyone. It’s healthy, relaxing, fun-filled and satisfying for both the guest and the host. So gear up and let’s get a whole new healthy party season started just before winter sets in.