1. Spring Vegetable Salad

    Ideas for spring salads by Fashionable Hostess Market fresh beets and white beans for salad

    I have been on the hunt for a new slew of vegetables to add into my lunch salads, so when I came across this recipe incorporating fresh spring vegetables like sugar snap peas, radishes, and fresh dill, I was pumped! The sugar snap peas and radishes add a nice crunch, while the dill and chives give it such a refreshing flavor. Then I always forget about ricotta cheese as an option for salads – unlike goat cheese it’s rather bland so it can mix with anything! Read on for how to prep the salad with a home-made vinaigrette!

    Recipe for White Bean Salad with Spring Vegetables by Fashionable Hostess White Bean Salad with Spring Vegetables by Fashionable HostessIngredients:

    Vinaigrette:

    • 1/4 tsp. sea salt, plus more if needed
    • 2 Tbs. sherry vinegar, plus more if needed
    • 1 small shallot, finely minced
    • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
    • 6 Tbs. (3 fl. oz./90 ml) extra-virgin olive oil

    Salad:

    • 4 cups (1 3/4 lb./875 g) cooked cannellini beans
    • 3/4 lb. (375 g) sugar snap peas, blanched (about 4 cups)
    • 1/4 cup (1/3 oz./10 g) fresh dill, torn from stems
    • 1/2 cup (3/4 oz./20 g) very thinly sliced fresh chives
    • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
    • 3 cups (3 oz./90 g) young pea tendrils
    • 1/2 cup (2 1/2 oz./75 g) crumbled ricotta salata cheese
    • 1 cup (4 oz./125 g) shaved watermelon or breakfast radishes (from 2 to 3 radishes)

    * Directions: To make the vinaigrette, in a small bowl, whisk together the 1/4 tsp. salt, 2 Tbs. vinegar and the shallot and let stand for 10 minutes. Whisk in the mustard and then the olive oil until the vinaigrette is emulsified. Taste and add more salt or vinegar, if needed. Set aside.

    In a large bowl, stir together the cannellini beans, snap peas, dill, chives and 1/4 cup (2 fl. oz./60 ml) of the vinaigrette. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Arrange on a large serving platter and garnish with the pea tendrils, cheese and radishes. Drizzle with the remaining vinaigrette just before serving. Serves 6 to 8.

    *Thanks to Williams-Sonoma for the recipe!

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  2. Brie with Drizzled Agave

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    Readers reacted so well to this past week’s Sparkling Pink Lemonade Cocktail {which is not surprising since it’s the perfect girly drink for a party!} that now they’ve asked for an equally as pretty and yummy appetizer to compliment it. Brie is always a crowd pleaser for my guests, so I decided to drizzle on the sweetness with organic agave and dried cranberries. Like a baked version? Heat the oven to 350 and cook on a non-stick baking pan for 10-12 minutes. Or, serve at room temperature and slice mini ‘pizza slices’ for guests on cute dessert plates with extra dried fruit on top! Display the brie on a beautiful silver tray with a mother of pearl trim {similar} alongside a pink bouquet, and you are all set for guests! And for those of you who need more pink party ideas, of course I have a whole Pink Tablescapes Pinterest board, so check it out!

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  3. Sparkling Pink Lemonade Cocktail

    Summer Time Pink Lemonade Recipe

    One of my favorite girly party drinks… a Sparkling Pink Lemonade Punch. Perfect for Bridal Showers, Ladies Lunch, or even a BBQ! Seriously the simplest recipe, but tastes like summer sweetness. Serve it up in beautiful glasses, a glass pitcher, and fresh raspberries for garnish, and you have a perfectly pink party!

    Pink Lemonade cocktail recipe

    Sparkling Pink Lemonade Cocktail Recipe:

    • 1 (12-oz.) can frozen pink lemonade {ie. Minute Maid}
    • 4 cups white cranberry juice cocktail
    • 1 (750-milliliter) bottle extra-dry Champagne or sparkling wine
    • 1/4 cup orange liqueur {ie. Triple Sec or Curaçao}
    • Garnish {any of the following}: Lemon wedges for your glass rim, raspberries, strawberries, and fresh mint stalks

    Prefer a non-alcoholic version for a Baby Shower? Swap the chamagne and liqueur for 4 cups white cranberry juice cocktail and 1 qt. club soda!

    Recipes thanks to myrecipes.com

    Recipe Ingredients for the perfect summer cocktail

    Complete the look by serving your punch in beautiful Juliska Graham glasses, a glass pitcher {mine’s only $12.95 from Crate & Barrel}, and linen cocktail napkins. Cheers!

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