Heat Wave Inspires Meal-Time Simplicity

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The west coast hit a heatwave this Labor Day Weekend. It was 102ºF here in the North County San Diego area during the day and 97º F at night—super warm. When there is heat, light fare at meal-time is required! And… if you are barbecuing  tomorrow for Labor Day, here are a couple easy and cool side dish ideas.

First off, remember it is labor day—so don’t labor too much—let loose and free-style your food! Cut up watermelon and avocado to serve as stand alone sides or toss them in a bowl together as a perfect salad. Add smoked sea salt and a fresh herbs atop  (like mint, tarragon or cilantro) to the fruits. Then pair with a cool glass of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. The yummy acidity of the vino works perfectly with the sweetness and creaminess of the fruits.

If you are looking for a recipe to follow, here are some delicious watermelon salad ideas (gluten-free as always):

Watermelon Avocado & Cilantro Salad

Watermelon Cilantro Avocado Salad

Watermelon & Beet Salad

Watermelon, Beet & Fennel Salad

And another GREAT side dish for your Labor Day BBQ is our famous Twisted Chimichurri Kale Slaw. This gluten-free and Paleo side dish is perfect paired with BBQed meats! Think Ribs, Chicken or even a sweeter smoked fish.

Twisted Chimichurri Kale Slaw

With those ideas in mind, may you not Labor on Labor Day and enjoy friends and family all around!


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