This post is sponsored by Summer Fresh.
I love entertaining at home, but in the summertime I get lazy. Super lazy. When the weather is nice here in St. John’s (which is seldom), the absolute last thing I want to do is cook for a bunch of people when they come over for a BBQ. Who doesn’t want to be sitting in the backyard with a chilled glass of rose, gabbing with friends? Luckily, this Cucumber Apple Salad with Artichoke & Asiago dressing takes less than 10 minutes to whip up, and you don’t have to go near the stove or oven (you’re welcome to the rest of Canada who actually deal with hot kitchens in the summer).
Let’s be real here, the Summer Fresh Artichoke & Asiago dip is freaking delicious. Whatever vessel I use to eat it — be it pita or nacho — more often or not it’s lost in a sea of delicious dip dripping down my hands as I stuff my face. It’s one of Canada’s favourite Summer Fresh products and it’s been kicking it in my fridge for years. Last week, I thought to myself — how good would this be as a dressing? Chopped cucumber, apple and almonds smothered in this creamy cheesy dip is basically the best idea I’ve ever had.
There are only four ingredients, but this rich creamy side salad is the perfect pairing for any BBQ with friends and family, especially with the long weekend coming up. The garlic notes in the Artichoke & Asiago dip-posing-as-dressing match well with kebabs or any BBQ meat from burgers to sausages. And don’t forget that chilled glass of rose, okay?
For more ideas and recipes for easy-breezy summer entertaining, check out the Summer Fresh’s Perfect Pairings Guide.
- 1 cucumber
- 2 apples (I like Gala apples best)
- 1 227g Summer Fresh Artichoke and Asiago Dip
- ½ cup almonds + some to garnish
- Chop cucumber and apples into in 1-inch cubes
- Combine in a large mixing bowl with ½ cup of almonds
- Stir in full 227g container of Summer Fresh Artichoke & Asiago Dip
- Serve with your favourite BBQ fair!