Summer is the best time for a good old fashioned barbecue. The fruits and veggies that are in season during the summer (watermelon, corn, tomatoes, etc… ) are the perfect accompaniments to your feast.

My friends and I had a barbecue on Memorial Day, which I began to blog about here. Below are some of the other fabulous dishes we made to round out our meal.


WATERMELON SALAD WITH MINT LEAVES – Courtesy of the Food Network
Serves 6

1 (5-pound) watermelon
1 Vidalia or other sweet onion
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
6 whole mint sprigs

Separate the flesh from the melon and cut into bite size pieces, removing and discarding the seeds, and set aside. Peel and slice the onion into rings.

In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, salt, pepper, and whisk until salt is dissolved. Slowly whisk in the olive oil, a few drops at a time. Add in the chopped mint, taste, and adjust seasonings.

In a large bowl, combine the melon, onion, and feta. Pour the dressing over the melon mixture and toss gently until everything is coated and evenly mixed. Garnish with mint sprigs.

To serve, divide salad among individual plates and garnish with mint leaves.

BARBECUE TURKEY BURGERS – Courtesy Cooking Light
Makes 4 Burgers

1/4 cup chopped onion
2 tbs. barbecue sauce
2 tbs. dry breadcrumbs
2 tbs. mustard
3/4 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 lb. ground turkey

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Divide into 4 equal portions and grill for 7 minutes on each side.

Bon Appetit!


Lauren Hillman
Hillman’s Helpings