Super Simple Sides For Memorial Day

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Updated: 5/15/2013 3:11 pm Published: 5/14/2013 3:06 pm

Memorial Day Cookout? You have to have fresh watermelon and sweet grilled corn on the cob! How about a different take on these summertime staples? And the best part, everything can be prepared ahead of time, so you can actually enjoy the day!

Watermelon Salad with Mint

1 (5 pound) watermelon (seeded and cut into bite sized cubes)
1 cup sliced green onions
¼ cup red wine vinegar
½ cup olive oil
Salt and pepper
2 T chopped fresh mint
4 oz crumbled feta cheese
6 whole mint sprigs

In small bowl combine vinegar, salt, pepper, and whisk until salt is dissolved. Slowly whisk in the olive oil, a few drops at a time. Add the mint, taste and adjust seasonings.

In serving bowl combine melon, onion and feta. Dress and gently toss to combine. Garnish with reserved mint sprigs.

Grilled Corn and Tomato Salad

8 ears corn, grilled in the husk, kernels removed
1 cup sliced green onions
1 cup diced tomatoes
8 oz bleu cheese crumbled
¼ cup rice vinegar
½ cup olive oil
¼ cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1 t sugar
Salt and pepper

Combine the vinegar, basil, sugar, oil in a small bowl, whisk together well.

Combine corn, onion and tomato in a large bowl. Add dressing and toss to coat, season with salt and pepper. Top with bleu cheese and basil for garnish.

Jalapeno Whipped Honey Mustard

8oz Lambrusco'z jalapeno honey mustard
1 lb cream cheese

Soften cream cheese and jalapeno honey mustard whip until combined. Add cooked chopped bacon if desired. Use as a dip or a tempting topper for your freshly grilled burgers!

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