4th Of July Picnic & Barbecue Recipes

Happy 4th of July everyone! I’m putting together a quick list of easy, no-fuss recipes for picnics or back-yard barbecues. The heat is on and the last thing I want to do is create more heat in the kitchen, so most of these recipes require little cooking.

   

Grilled Lamb Kebabs

 

Lamb kebabs, about to go on the grill...

 

Mix the following ingredients in a food processor and marinate 1 lb of lamb cubes for 30-60 minutes:

1/2 cup fresh cilantro

1/2 cup fresh mint leaves

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Juice of 1 small lemon

3 cloves garlic

1/2 tsp sea salt

Cut fresh vegetables (such as zucchini, peppers, mushrooms, onions) into chunks and alternate with the lamb on bamboo skewers.  Brush vegetables with olive oil and sprinkle with fresh cracked pepper.  Grill for about 5 minutes or so on each side, testing the meat for desired temperature.

 

Now for a few old favorites.  Here’s what I made for lunch today:

Green Herb Ceviche

 

Green Herb Ceviche
Green Herb Ceviche

 

This is from Chicago chef Rick Bayless.  Click here for the NY Times link to the recipe:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/12/dining/12dinnerrex.html?ref=dining

 

Just a note, since the fish is cured but not actually cooked, make sure you are keeping it quite cold to prevent food-bourne illness.  This item is best served at a backyard barbecue or other place where there is a refrigerator available.

 

Black Bean & Corn Salad

 

Black Bean & Corn Salad

Black Bean & Corn Salad

 

2 cups cooked-from-scratch black beans (refrigerated) or 1 can prepared, drained

1 cup frozen corn kernels

1 red bell pepper, diced

1/2 pasilla or poblano chile, finely chopped

1 small bunch cilantro, chopped

3-4 scallions, chopped

1/2 tsp sea salt

pinch of cayenne

juice of 1 small lime

Combine the beans, corn, peppers and cilantro in a large bowl.  Toss with salt and cayenne, and squeeze fresh lime juice over the top.  Serve cold and refrigerate the leftovers for up to 3-4 days.

Cucumber Tomato Cilantro Salad

 

Cucumber Tomato Cilantro Salad

Cucumber Tomato Cilantro Salad

 

1 cucumber

2 ripe organic tomatoes

1 bunch scallions

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

1 lime

1/4 tsp sea salt

fresh cracked pepper

Just chop each ingredient, add a fresh squeeze of lime, and season with sea salt and cracked pepper.

Dijon Chicken Salad With Walnuts & Fresh Grapes

 

Dijon Chicken Salad

Dijon Chicken Salad

 

Meat of 2 pre-cooked chicken breasts

2 celery ribs

1 small bunch fresh Italian parsley

3-4 scallions

1 cup red grapes

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1 T dijon mustard

Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

Cut the chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces.  Chop the celery, fresh parsley and scallions.  Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and stir.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Hope this gives you some great ideas.  Feel free to post about some of your picnic & barbecue recipes!  Have a safe and happy holiday!

 

P.S. Before you hit the beach, check out this article from my chiropractor’s newsletter about myths about sunscreen: http://www.chirojournal.com/newsletter.php?nl=131802&ar=3096

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