Summertime is here and the snacking is easy! This is the season when the fruits and veggies are rolling into markets, making it easy and cost-effective to whip up delicious snacks with local ingredients. Some of our favorite local Texas ingredients are: blackberries, melon, apples, corn, peaches, tomatoes and cucumbers. From fresh fruits and vegetables to homemade popsicles, there are many awesome summer snack ideas to try this season. Here are 10 delicious summer snack ideas with some local flair.
1. Pass The Sushi’s Honeydew Popsicles
The sweltering Texas heat begs for a few drippy honeydew popsicles to cool you down. Plus with only three ingredients, this treat is both delicious and easy.
2. Lovely Little Kitchen’s Chili Lime Sweet Corn Salad
Fire roasted corn with a spicy, tangy, chili lime dressing. This corn salad makes for a delicious side or salsa for a Tex-Mex feast.
3. Fruit Kebabs
If the state fair has taught us anything, it’s that everything tastes better on a stick! There’s no right or wrong when it comes to this recipe. Take your favorite local fruits – like blackberries, cherries and apples – and line them up on a skewer.
4. Caprese Salads by AllRecipes.com
Caprese salads are the perfect dish for cooks in a hurry. It’s also a great way to use the abundance of fresh tomatoes this time of year.
5. BillyParisi.com’s Caprese Salad
Put even more of a local twist on the caprese salad by replacing the tomatoes with slices of sweet summer melon.
6. Blackberries, Whipped Cream & Honey
The recipe is as simple as the name. Indulge in the ripe local berries, serving them with a dollop of whipped cream and a drizzle of honey.
7. Turkey, White Cheddar & Apple Slices
Who needs a cracker when you have crisp, local apples? Pile turkey and white cheddar onto an apple and take a bite out of summer!
8. Cucumbers, Lime & Pepper
Especially on a hot day, there’s nothing like cooling down and staying hydrated with a big bowl of sliced cucumbers. Squeeze lime juice and add pepper for a spicy, zesty kick.
9. Frozen Grapes
Late summer is where local Texas grapes really shine. Pop them in the freezer for a cool treat on a hot day. 20-30 minutes in the freezer will make them “very cold”, but not frozen solid, making them great for the little ones!
10. Grilled Peaches!
Servings of grilled peaches can be an excellent way to stay cooler, yet energized in summer. You can add vanilla ice cream to them to make them even tastier, but we prefer a sprinkling of bleu cheese and a slight drizzle of balsamic vinegar for a delicious stand-alone or side dish. Cinnamon and sugar also work amazingly well with grilled peaches!
We invite you to share your favorite summer treat in the comments!
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