Sun-Kissed Summer Harvest Lunch—Lunch for 4

The Sun-Kissed Summer Harvest Lunch is a vibrant, Mediterranean-inspired dish. It showcases the bounty of summer produce, featuring fresh vegetables and fruits in a light, yet satisfying meal. Perfect for a midday feast, this recipe embodies the essence of summer with its refreshing flavors and colorful presentation.

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You Need This Stuff

  • 2 cups mixed summer vegetables (zucchini, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes)
  • 1 whole cucumber, diced
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 2 whole lemons, juiced
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 4 slices of rustic bread, toasted
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup mixed olives, pitted and halved
  • 2 cups fresh mixed fruits (peaches, cherries, apricots)
  • 200 grams feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Do This With That Stuff

  1. ‘Gather all your ingredients and cookware
  2. Wash the mixed summer vegetables, cucumber, basil leaves, and mixed fruits under cold running water
  3. Place the rustic bread in the toaster or grill pan to toast until golden brown
  4. While the bread is toasting, dice the cucumber using a chef’s knife and cutting board
  5. Cut the mixed summer vegetables into bite-sized pieces
  6. Halve the cherry tomatoes and pitted olives
  7. Pit and slice the fresh mixed fruits into bite-sized pieces
  8. Crumble 200 grams of feta cheese into a bowl
  9. In a small skillet over medium heat, toast 1/4 cup pine nuts until golden brown, stirring frequently to prevent burning
  10. Juice 2 whole lemons using a juicer into a medium bowl Add minced garlic (using garlic press if available), 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, 1 tsp sea salt, and 1/2 tsp black pepper to create the dressing Whisk until well combined
  11. In a large bowl combine diced cucumber, cut summer vegetables, halved cherry tomatoes and olives Drizzle half of the dressing over these ingredients and toss gently with salad serving set until well coated
  12. Once bread is toasted, cut it into bite-sized cubes Add these cubes to vegetable mixture in large bowl
  13. Add crumbled feta cheese to large bowl with other ingredients Toss gently again until well combined
  14. Arrange this mixture evenly onto four serving plates using salad serving set
  15. In another large bowl combine sliced fresh fruits Drizzle remaining dressing over fruits along with 2 tbsp honey and 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar Toss gently until well coated
  16. Spoon this fruit mixture evenly on top of vegetable-bread mixture on each plate
  17. Sprinkle toasted pine nuts over each plate as garnish
  18. Serve immediately with forks and knives for eating’

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Beti’s Reflections

Picture this: A sun-drenched afternoon on the Mediterranean coast, the air filled with the scent of fresh herbs and ripe fruits. This is where I discovered our Sun-Kissed Summer Harvest Lunch recipe. Inspired by the vibrant colors and refreshing flavors of Mediterranean cuisine, this dish is a love letter to summer’s bounty.

Our Summer Harvest Lunch recipe serves four, making it perfect for a family meal or a small gathering of friends. It’s a healthy summer lunch idea that caters to those who enjoy fresh produce and Mediterranean flavors, but it’s not suitable for those following vegan, gluten-free or low-carb diets due to its inclusion of feta cheese and rustic bread.

The heart of this dish lies in its ingredients – 2 cups of mixed summer vegetables like zucchini, bell peppers, and cherry tomatoes bring a burst of color and freshness. A whole cucumber adds crunch while fresh basil leaves lend an aromatic touch. The dressing is simple yet flavorful – freshly squeezed lemon juice mixed with extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, black pepper, and minced garlic. Toasted slices of rustic bread add texture while mixed olives contribute a tangy bite. Fresh fruits like peaches, cherries, and apricots provide a sweet contrast to the savory elements. Crumbled feta cheese adds creaminess while toasted pine nuts offer a nutty crunch. The final touch? A drizzle of honey-balsamic dressing over the fruit for an extra layer of flavor.

To prepare this easy Mediterranean cuisine recipe, start by washing all your produce under cold running water then toast your rustic bread until golden brown. Dice your cucumber and cut your vegetables into bite-sized pieces along with halving your cherry tomatoes and olives. Pit and slice your fresh fruits then crumble your feta cheese into a bowl separately. Toast your pine nuts until golden brown then create your dressing by combining lemon juice with minced garlic, olive oil, sea salt, black pepper then whisk until well combined.

Combine diced cucumber with cut summer vegetables in a large bowl then drizzle half the dressing over these ingredients before adding toasted bread cubes and crumbled feta cheese.

Arrange this mixture evenly onto four serving plates then combine sliced fresh fruits in another large bowl before drizzling remaining dressing over fruits along with honey-balsamic vinegar.

Spoon this fruit mixture evenly on top of vegetable-bread mixture on each plate before sprinkling toasted pine nuts as garnish.

And there you have it! Our Sun-Kissed Summer Harvest Lunch recipe – an embodiment of Mediterranean summer recipes at their finest! Bursting with vibrant colors and refreshing flavors from fresh fruit and vegetable lunch ideas to easy feta cheese recipes; it’s truly an adventure for the taste buds! So why wait? Bring home the essence of summer today with our healthy lunch recipes with fruits and vegetables!

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