10 Great Dips and Accompaniments to Try This Summer

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As the warmer months are approaching, you will probably want some lighter meals to enjoy and may even consider eating outdoors as a family or inviting guests around to your home. If so, dips and accompaniments are ideal for serving along with crudites, homemade flatbreads, breadsticks, and snacks. Here are ten great dips and accompaniments to try this summer. 

  1. Bean Dip
  2. Spicy Tomato Dip
  3. Baba Ganoush
  4. Salsa
  5. Mango Salsa
  6. Raita
  7. Guacamole
  8. Blue Cheese Dip
  9. Humous
  10. Funky red cabbage slaw

A Quartet of Picnic Salad Ideas

During the summer months, most people prefer to eat lighter meals than in the winter months.  Salads can be an ideal choice and are a particularly good choice for packing into your picnic hamper.  When thinking of salads, the first thing that springs to mind is a bit of lettuce and cucumber thrown together.  However, salads can be so much more than this and there are numerous possibilities of salads that can be packed for your fun, summer picnic.  It is also possible to take a variety of different salads with you on your picnic as they can easily be stored in plastic tubs.  Here is a quartet of picnic salad ideas.

Tricolor Salad

Salads can sometimes look boring, especially if they only consist of green items.  A tricolor salad looks much more appetizing as it is colourful and looks appealing.  A tricolor salad traditionally contains three colours, usually red, green and white.  A traditional Italian version of this is sliced mozzarella, sliced tomatoes, and basil. However, you can adapt this salad using your own ingredients sticking to the theme of red white and green.

Potato Salad

This a popular variation on a salad dish and can be made in many ways.  The basic of the salad is cold, chopped, boiled new potatoes that are bound in mayonnaise.  Other ingredients are then added.  Popular choices for ingredients are onion, sweet corn, herbs, and pepper.  Other people prefer to keep it simple by simply adding some chives or seasoning to the potatoes and mayonnaise.

Tuna Pasta Salad

This is another salad dish of which there are many variations.  Tuna pasta salad is one popular variation of a pasta salad dish and is made by adding tuna and sweet corn to cooled, cooked pasta.  While some people bind this combination in mayonnaise and add black pepper, others prefer to use a tomato-based sauce.  If you do not like sweet corn then this can be substituted with some chopped peppers or tomatoes, or a combination of both. An adaptation of tuna nicoise is another way to make tuna pasta salad by combining pasta with tuna, olives, and hard-boiled eggs. 

Couscous Salad

This is a really simple and quick salad to make as well as being tasty.  Simply cook the couscous in accordance with the instructions then add chopped cherry tomatoes, sultanas, feta cheese cut into cubes and diced cucumber.  For a little extra taste to the salad add some freshly ground black pepper, some chopped spring onion or a squeeze of lemon juice.

Written in response to the Daily Prompt ‘Quartet’ on The Daily Post