​Simple, Healthy Side Dishes for your Next Cookout

Summer is in full swing. You may be attending picnics, going to concerts in the park, sharing dishes at BBQs with friends and family, and maybe even enjoying work gatherings. Here are some refreshing unique side dishes that will brighten up any food table.

SWEET & TANGY CUCUMBER TOMATO SALAD

Ingredients:

3 cucumbers, peeled and sliced
3 tomatoes, cut into wedges
1 sweet onion, sliced into thin rings
1 tbsp. of salt
2 tsp. of fresh ground pepper
3 tbsp. of sugar
½ cup of white vinegar
½ cup of water
1/3 cup of Olive Your Heart®, lemon

Directions:

In a large bowl, add the cut vegetables. In a separate bowl combine all seasonings with the water, vinegar, and olive oil. Stir until sugar and salt are dissolved. Pour over the vegetables, and coat evenly. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
 

REFRESHING SIDE SALAD

Ingredients:

1 bag of washed arugula
1 cup of watermelon, cut into small cubes
2 tbsp. of blue cheese crumbles
2 tsp. of pine nuts
1 tbsp. of Olive Your Heart®, natural
Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

Toss Arugula with olive oil, and stir in watermelon. Next salt and pepper to taste. Divide the salad onto as many plates as you want, then sprinkle each one with the blue cheese and pine nuts.
 

JICAMA CARROT CUCUMBER SLAW

Ingredients:

1 jicama, peeled and cut into thin strips (Tip: you can buy jicama in most stores already cut into thick strips. If you use precut, cut them into thinner strips.)
2 carrots, shredded (Tip: you can buy a bag of shredded carrots, but only use half the bag.)
1 cucumber, peeled, de-seeded, and cut into thin strips
½ bunch of cilantro, cut into small pieces. (Avoid the stems and use only the leaves.)
4 tbsp. of Olive Your Heart®, natural
Juice of one lime
2 tbsp. of honey
Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

Mix olive oil, lime juice, honey, salt, and pepper and set aside. In a separate large bowl, mix all of the other ingredients and then mix in the dressing. NOTE: if you want to add some heat to this dish, you can sprinkle in red chili flakes.

Enjoy these refreshing side dishes. Not only are they delicious but they are also healthy. Each are packed with a wide array of nutrients coming from the vegetables, including fiber. And, for every tablespoon of Olive Your Heart® omega-3 olive oil used, you’re adding 1,480 mg of omega-3 fatty acids.

For omega-3s on the go, try new Olive Your Heart® single-serving packets.