Sunday, July 21, 2013

Spa-Inspired Recipes for a Relaxing Summer

Don't you think every day should be as stress-free, indulgent, and relaxing as a spa day? Easy and delicious recipes kissed by summer will help put you in that frame of mind! Here is a round up of our favorite summery recipes that could be featured on any spa menu. They are so decadent no one will know you spent the day pampering yourself instead of prepping in the kitchen! Spa menus always want their dishes to be three things: light, fresh, and delicious. Highlight summer by using ingredients that are in season and cooking in ways you can't necessarily manage in winter months, like grilling. We recommend pairing each light dish with a crisp glass of champagne and a mani-pedi or massage, preferably poolside.


Salads are a great way to keep a svelte summer figure but many recipes don't leave you full enough long enough. That's not the case with this decadent Grilled Peach Salad with Buffalo Mozzarella from Breanna's Recipe Box! Almost any grilled fruit goes fabulously in this salad. To keep it on the lighter side, skip the extra heavy cream in the salad dressing.


This Honey Lime Chicken recipe from The Enchanted Cook looks delicious and would pair perfectly with these other dishes. No one will realize it's just a five ingredient marinade!


Chilled gazpacho, a Spanish soup, is a fabulous make-ahead dish that will cool you down in this record heat. If you want to be more adventurous, try this delicious Spicy Watermelon Gazpacho from Cooking Stoned.


These Zesty Grilled Scallops with a Mango and Arugula Salad by David V. via Key Ingredient are a great alternative to the usual BBQ fare. Your body might be at home but your mind will be on a catamaran cruising the Caribbean!


Finally, it's important to wrap up a meal with a delicious (and almost healthy) dessert. These Strawberry Peach Vodka Collins Popcicles by Endless Summer taste even better than they look! For an alcohol-free version, just skip the vodka in the recipe.

Is your mouth watering? Ready to call a masseuse yet? Have another summery, spa-inspired recipe for us to try? Let us know below!

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