8 Delicious Summer Salads + Cocktails Straight From Your Garden
From garden to table to cocktail, we’ve got you covered.
There’s nothing quite like fresh summer produce, especially harvested from your own backyard. But what happens when your garden starts overflowing your kitchen? First, you do a dance because you actually have a green thumb! (Or is that just me?) Then, you get to work turning your harvest into a culinary creation. The best place to start? A crisp, summer salad and a refreshing cocktail. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite recipes, each incorporating a summer garden staple.
Make It: Tomato Peach Salad
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Make It: Grilled Peach Old Fashioned
Make It: Strawberry-Almond Spinach Salad
Make It: Strawberry Cocktail
Cucumbers may not have the summer superstar status of tomatoes, watermelon or corn, but this favorite crop of home gardeners has a versatility and fresh flavor we wouldn’t want to do without. Paired with garden tomatoes, red onions and fresh parsley, this easy-to-make summer salad will be a surefire hit at your next picnic.
Make It: Summer Cucumber Salad
Make It: Cucumber Gimlet
Make It: Spinach Avocado Grapefruit Salad
Make It: Avocado Cocktail
Make It: Watermelon Salad
Make It: Watermelon Moscow Mule
Make It: Caprese Salad Appetizers
Cardamom Berry Smash Wedding Cocktail
The deep flavor of fresh blackberries melds with the exotic spice of cardamom syrup and citrusy botanicals of gin to create a refreshing relief to hot, summer wedding.
Make It: Cardamom Berry Smash Cocktail
Make It: Spicy Raspberry Lemon Mocktail
Finding the perfect tablecloth can be a challenge without breaking the bank, so why not head to a local fabric store to find a beautiful pattern at an affordable price? Here, pale pink linen is cut right from the bolt, then topped with a piece of sheer lace that matches gauzy, white curtains.
If you don't own a set of heirloom china, a party is the perfect excuse to start a collection; the more mismatched the better! Each place setting includes a dinner plate, a salad plate and a saucer, plus a cherry-filled teacup featuring a flag of each guest's name. Silver flatware, a vintage handkerchief and a delicate champagne coupe top off the look.
All in Bloom
The last element of the table design is the floral centerpiece. Any abundant combination of pink and white blossoms will fit perfectly with this theme. Thanks to Ash from The Byrd Collective, this table is filled with stunning peonies, orange blossoms and gardenias.
When throwing a Southern-style party, a cocktail that incorporates that quintessential Down South beverage, sweet tea, is essential. The signature Savannah fizz cocktail combines simple syrup, sweet tea vodka and champagne with fresh blackberries and mint. Just make sure you make enough for seconds ... and thirds. Get the recipe >>
Sweet as Pie
A Southern-style party calls for a certain set of lovable and traditional treats. Fitting menu items include individually-sized portions of fresh fruit tartlets, banana pudding, lemon meringue pie and pecan pie. Get the recipes for our Savannah dessert menu here:
Banana Pudding Parfaits
Lemon Meringue Tartlets
Pecan Pie Tartlets
Have a Hanky
A simple way to incorporate Southern elegance to your buffet is with vintage handkerchiefs. Since the handkerchiefs are small, place one on top of the other, then pull the center through a silver napkin ring. The different combinations of detailed floral prints and embroidery look beautiful grouped together.
No Southern hostess would dare send her guests home empty-handed. These charming jam favors are a breeze to make and are perfect for the warm-weather season. In just a few simple steps guests can go home savoring the sweet tastes of the party. Get the instructions >>