Add a sophisticated touch to your patio dining experience with these updated takes on classic outdoor dishes.
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As soon as it starts getting warmer, the flowers and trees start to bloom, and the days become longer, we immediately “Spring” at the opportunity to bask in the beauty of the outdoors (no pun intended!). Even more, the benefit of having parents who live a stone’s throw away from the busiest city in the world is that when I want to escape the hustle and bustle on a beautiful sunny day, I can hop on a quick train to Connecticut and spend a day outdoors. The cherry on top? Enjoying a healthy Spring lunch on an outdoor patio–al fresco.
Nothing is more relaxing than sitting on a patio enjoying the weather with great friends, and of course, a wonderful meal. You can bring that same special quality to your own outdoor space, whether you’re in the city or not, and treat your family and friends to a cozy patio dining experience. Essentially, it’s all about great food (and it’s presentation) and being outdoors.
If summer had a taste? It would be the two must-have Italian salads of the summer: Prosciutto and Melon and Hard Boiled Eggs and Asparagus. Add a sophisticated touch to your patio dining experience with these updated takes on classic outdoor dishes. Your guests will be delighted with the presentation of these light, flavorful appetizers, and you’ll be amazed at their no-fuss flair.
Prosciutto and Melon
A classic Italian appetizer that won’t spoil your appetite for dinner, it is both refreshingly salty and sweet. An iconic movie that truly captures the essence of Italian food features this unknown every day recipe–Eat Pray Love. When Lizzie visits her friends in Italy, one of the first starters they pulled out from the kitchen was Prosciutto and Melon. Perfect for a fun-filled night out on the patio!
Hard Boiled Eggs and Asparagus
Another classic Italian salad enjoyed in Italy and made simply with a drizzle of olive oil and salt. Not only is it a healthy alternatively to the monotonous leafy greens, but yes, it is also what Elizabeth Gilbert enjoyed in one of the famous scenes in Eat Pray Love. Of course, she was in Italy, but you can enjoy la dolce vita as well from your own backyard!
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