I was in the supermarket the other day, and as my eyes were scanning the magazines at the checkout stand one caught my attention; fall dessert recipes. No way. No way am I to ready to entertain any ideas of fall. As far as I am concerned summer is in full swing and I plan on focusing on enjoying every last bit of this season while I still can. It was kind of weird, but I walked out of the store feeling a sense of pressure that I couldn’t quite figure out. I do appreciate that this simple magazine acted as a reminder for me to cherish summer for as long as it’s here, but at the same time it made me feel as if I should be preparing for the seasonal change, even though I haven’t felt it in the air just yet. I want to enjoy my summer for as long as possible, so in an odd attempt to stand firm in my love and appreciation for the sunshine I wanted to make something that screamed of this season; thus I made these yogurt-marinated chicken skewers with a ton of yummy side dishes.
Make them over an outdoor grill, or toss them into a grill pan on your stove; either way you decide to cook these skewers, I promise you'll end up with a dinner that’s pure summertime vibes. To get the recipe for the skewers, head over to La Crema's blog to see which kind of crisp white wine I paired with this meal.
Now, what's a proper summer dinner without some side dishes? I am a huge fan of dips and salads so I served a few different kinds with this dish: hummus, tzatziki, and my personal favorite, homemade tabbouleh. Tabbouleh is a classic middle eastern salad that's only made up of a few ingredients, most of which I'm sure you have in your fridge right at this very moment.
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Simple Summertime tabbouleh
1/2 cup cooked bulgur
1/3 cup chopped tomato, seeds removed
1/3 chopped cucumber
1/8 cup chopped red onion
1/4 cup chopped mint
1 cup chopped parsley, loosely packed
11/2 tbs lemon juice, or more to taste
salt and pepper, to taste
light drizzle olive oil, about 1 tbs or so
Add all ingredients to a medium bowl, tossing to combine. Taste adding more lemon juice, salt and pepper as needed.