If you are looking for healthy summer recipes for casual parties or something extra to have at cookouts, here are some great ones!  Who doesn’t love spinach dip?  This one is vegan and includes basil!  Yum!

You will also find some cold soups (perfect for hot summer days) and a tropical salsa recipe.  Enjoy!

Basil Spinach Dip
1 – 14 oz block firm organic tofu, drained and pressed 1 9-10 oz package frozen spinach, defrosted
1/2 cup packed fresh basil leaves (wash thoroughly)
3/4 cup packed fresh spinach (wash thoroughly)
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp spicy mustard
2 Tbsp light miso
½ tsp granulated garlic
½ tsp onion powder
1 can water chestnuts, drained

In a food processor, blend tofu, mustard, apple cider vinegar, onion powder, granulated garlic, and miso on high until well blended.
Squeeze the water out of the spinach and basil.
Add to the other ingredients with the water chestnuts in the food processor.
Pulse a few times to break up the water chestnuts and leave some chunkiness.
Chill for a few hours and serve with veggies.

Gazpacho
2 tomatoes, diced fine
2 cucumbers, diced fine
1 green pepper, diced fine
1 24-oz. can tomato juice
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
½ tsp. garlic powder
Juice of 1 lemon
Dash black pepper
Pinch cayenne
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Then put ½ recipe into a blender, puree until blended, and return to bowl. Stir to mix. Chill for several hours. Serve cold. Serves 4.

Cold Melon Soup
1 ripe honeydew melon
1 ripe cantaloupe
3 large slices seeded watermelon
1 ½ cups fresh pineapple chunks, or 1 large can unsweetened pineapple chunks
1 ½ cups seltzer water
1 cup crushed ice
Fresh mint
Put all ingredients in a blender. Blend at high speed until smooth. Serve immediately, garnished with fresh mint. Serves 6-8.

Tropical Salsa 
1 cup fresh watermelon cubed
1 cups fresh pineapple diced
1/2 red onion finely diced
½ green pepper diced
¼ cup fresh chives chopped
1 teaspoon fresh ginger finely diced
Juice from 1 orange & ½ lime
1 Tablespoon honey
A few Tablespoons water to moisten
Combine all ingredients and set in refrigerator for 1 hour before using.

 

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