Orzo Salad

Orzo Salad can be made in the morning or even the night before. Serve the salad for lunch or pair it with marinated flank steak or salmon. The salad is also a crowd pleaser and holds up well at a summer pot luck.

Bruschetta

This is the perfect summer appetizer or addition to your meal to showcase fresh tomatoes and herbs. Use the best tomatoes you can find, grape tomatoes cut in 4 also work well with less water content. Use fresh or dried herbs, whatever is handy. Mix the topping ahead of time and store in the refrigerator. You can also toast the bread before hand so that when your guests arrive you just have to top the bread and broil for a few minutes.

Bean and Mango Salad

This colourful salad pairs perfectly with different grilled chicken, pork, shrimp or fish and can be made ahead of time to bring out the nutty, sweet and spicy flavours. Leftovers can be served as a salsa with tortilla chips then next day.

Nicoise Salad

Nicoise salad can be served in parts so that family members get to put together a meal of their liking. If your kids are big fans of tuna you could serve this as a side dish with steak, pork or chicken.