Recipes to End Summer on a Tasty Note

As summer comes to a close and we await the beautiful fall leaves, let us enjoy some fresh recipes to help keep the sunshine vibes last a little longer. We have a few more weeks of the warmer weather and to celebrate, we’ve compiled a few delicious recipes from some outstanding bloggers. They know how to bring an easy take on delicious recipes and be a resource for healthy lifestyles. If you don’t already follow these bloggers, now is your chance! And while you’re at it, try these tasty recipes before fall officially arrives.

Summer Salad Rolls with Tahini-Tumeric Dipping Sauce by Alison Wu I Wu Haus

What if salad rolls were easier to make than you think? Surprise, they are simple and tasty, thanks to an easy laid out recipe and guide by Wu Haus creator, Alison Wu. Her blog is filled with tons of recipes and lifestyle advice with an encouraging and uplifting voice. She suggests that her readers grab local fresh veggies in their area for most of her recipes, including this one. She used carrots, mango cucumber, basil, mint and cilantro among even fresh from a local market. If you want to try a fresh, herby summer salad roll with a turmeric dipping sauce that her Instagram viewers rave about, try this recipe before summer ends!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • ½ packet black rice noodles
  • ½ packet vermicelli noodles
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil, divided
  • ¼ cucumber, julienned
  • 1 large carrot, julienned
  • 1 watermelon radish, thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado, thinly sliced
  • 1 ripe mango, vertically sliced
  • ½ cup fresh basil leaves, loosely packed
  • ½ cup fresh mint leaves, loosely packed
  • ½ cup cilantro leaves with tender stems, packed
  • 12 small red cabbage leaves
  • 12 (8’-9’) rice paper rounds
  • Edible flowers and sesame seeds for serving

For the dipping sauce:

  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, grated on a microplane
  • ¼ tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon coconut aminos

For full instructions on how to create this tasty treat, head over to Wu Haus and enjoy the full details.

The Perfect Summer Seafood Macaroni Salad by April Wright I Whisk it Real Gud

Who doesn’t like macaroni salad? Sneak in a little extra protein by dressing up a summer salad with seafood. Whisk It Real Gud blog author, April Wright, does just that with her seafood macaroni salad.  This side dish is easy to make and fun for the whole family to participate and spend time together. Enjoy with fried chicken, surf & turf or classic burgers and hot dogs.

  • 2 cups elbow macaroni cooked al’dente
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp sweet relish
  • 12 oz cooked shrimp half chopped into small pieces, the other half coarsley chopped
  • 6 oz imitation crab flaked style
  • 1/4 cup parsley fresh
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/4 cup red onions finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup green onions chopped
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper
  • 1 celery stalk finely chopped
  • salt for taste
  • white or black pepper for taste
  • 2/3 cup Miracle Whip plus add an additional 2 tbsp
  • 1/3 cup Duke Mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar plus add an additional 1 tsp
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 pinches onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp old bay seasoning
  • 3 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard

Continue to Whisk It Real Gud to view all of the instructions on making this seafood mac salad.

Watermelon Gazpacho by Jeanine Donofrio I Love and Lemons

That hot summer weather can change our taste bud cravings to refreshing and cold dishes. Gazpacho saves the day when you don’t feel like turning on the oven and still want something savory and delicious. Love and Lemons, a blog created by Jeanine Donofrio, showcases recipes made with seasonal fruits and vegetables. She makes a traditional refreshing dish even more refreshing with her Watermelon Gazpacho, making it sweet and savory. Not only delicious but perfect for a hot summery day.

Here’s what you need to get this easy gazpacho served up in no-time:

  • 4 heaping cups cubed seedless watermelon
  • 1 English cucumber, diced, reserve half
  • 3 medium tomatoes, diced, reserve half
  • 1 small red bell pepper, diced, reserve half
  • ⅓ cup chopped green onions, diced, reserve half
  • 1 garlic clove
  • small handful basil
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons sea salt, or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ jalapeño pepper, optional
  • diced avocado, optional
  • micro greens, optional for garnish

For full instructions head to Love and Lemons and follow Jeanine’s very delicious recipe!

Buffollo Ranch Chicken Wings by Ashlea I All the Healthy Things

Chicken wings are a staple food item at family gatherings, BBQs and game-day events! It’s time to vamp up your chicken wings by trying Ashlea’s simple and delicious take at the age-old flavor combo of buffalo and ranch! Ashlea is the founder and recipe developer at All the Healthy Things that focuses on bringing simple, healthy and real food recipes to help women live a happy, balanced life. Once you try this wing recipe, you’ll be back to try so many more creative recipes.

Check out the ingredients needed:

  • 2 pounds of split chicken wings, cleaned
  • 2 tablespoons dried dill
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons buffalo sauce (plus more for drizzling)
  • 1 tablsespoon of avacodo oil
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Head over to All the Healthy Things for full details on how to make these Buffollo Ranch Chicken Wings.

Enjoy these recipes while we soak up the last bits of that summer sun. These bloggers remind us that a healthy lifestyle can be fun and tasty. And while you’re looking to keep your health up, remember that Open Enrollment is just a few months away. If you have any health insurance questions, now is the time to ask! VelaPoint Insurance is your resource for health and supplemental coverage. Call to speak to one of our licensed insurance agents at 855-548-0727