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Light Summer Luncheon Menu

Seasonal Recipes


This light summer luncheon menu is the ideal bill of fare for a breezy, outdoor meal. Made with garden fresh, seasonal ingredients, these recipes enhance the casually elegant atmosphere of a summer dinner party. To transform it into a special sunset meal, add a few strategically placed votive candles and set out pitchers of fruit-infused iced tea.

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Goat Cheese and Tomato Tart Recipe

©Paul Goyette
This herbed goat cheese and tomato tart is a fantastic appetizer. Made with garden tomatoes, a thin layer of Dijon mustard, and fresh herbs, this pastry is a light meal in itself with a glass of wine. Use your favorite blend of herbs to customize your tart.

Soup au Pistou Recipe

©Stefania Pomponi Butler
Soupe au pistou is a remarkably versatile soup from Provence. Use whatever fresh vegetables you have on hand. This recipe utilizes ingredients easily found in most kitchens. The single requirement in an otherwise adaptable list of vegetables, herbs and pasta is that the finished soup must be garnished with pistou, or pesto.

Black Currant Sorbet Recipe

Jessica Merz
Sweet and tart black currants are cooked down with sugar in this effortless, refreshing black currant sorbet recipe. Because of the sharp, acidic notes of the berries, it lends itself perfectly to a simple vanilla pound cake or a spoonful of lightly sweetened whipped cream.

Chicken Nicoise Salad Recipe

Dumbonyc - Creative Commons - Redistribute with Attribution
This chicken Nicoise salad recipe provides a delicious way to cool the kitchen in the summer heat. It's an early summer-inspired twist on the classic salade Nicoise, that's effortlessly elegant and well-suited to a luncheon menu.

Fresh Blueberry Tart Recipe

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Wild blueberries, also known as myrtilles, grow in the forests and high-elevation pastures of France, where the climate and soil give them robust, juicy flavor. They provide a fun and delicious pastime for many families gathering their annual summertime basketfuls of the crop for tarts, muffins, and, most popularly, homemade confitures. This fresh blueberry tart recipe takes a few hours and three simple steps - pastry, custard, and fruit topping - to create an exceptionally elegant and scrumptious dessert.

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