James Bartle of Sandy James gives us three palate pleasing picks for your summer celebrations

Summer days call for poolside parties. James Bartle of Sandy James Fine Food Productions offers up a few of his favorite summer party flavor picks to ensure your sunny day celebrations are a savorable success!

#1 The Summer Salad

Nothing compliments al fresco celebrations under the sun like a crisp, cool summer salad. Spotlight on the

Romaine Lettuce, Florida Avocado, Indian River Grapefruit Salad

Salad:

Romaine  Lettuce (Chopped) | Avocado (Sliced) | Grapefruit (segments) | Fennel (Shaved) | Roasted Red | Pepper (Julienne) | Pickled Red Onion (Shaved) | Feta Cheese (Crumbled)

Citrus Vinaigrette:

1.5 Cup Orange Juice | 0.25 Cup Lemon Juice | 0.25 Cup Lime Juice | 2 Tbsp. Honey | 1 Tbsp. | Kosher Salt | 1/2 Tbsp. Black Pepper | Lemon Zest of 1 lemon | Lime Zest of 1 lime | Orange Zest of 1 Orange | 3 Garlic Cloves | Garlic Clove | 2 Tbsp. Yellow Onion | 4 Cups Vegetable Oil

 
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#2 Banana Leaf Wrapped Black Grouper

A visually stunning, flavor-packed entrée that makes for the perfect dish for your warm-weather gatherings.

 
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Ingredients:

1 lb. Fresh Grouper | 2 tbs Lemongrass | 1 Cup Pine Nuts | 1/2  Cup Parmesan | 1 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil | 1 tbsp. Butter 1 Garlic Clove | 2.5 Oz Basil | Salt and Pepper to taste

Preparation:

Portion, season, and sear the grouper | Place on banana leaf, top with a tbsp. of butter & wrap | Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes (or until fully cooked)

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

# 3 The Cool Cocktail

Everyone needs something to sip while they soak up the sun and this Skinny Jalapeño Cocktail is the ultimate thirst quencher with a kick.

 

Ingredients:

1.5 oz Casamigos Blanco Tequila (Infused Overnight with Fresh Sliced Jalapenos) | 0.5 oz Fresh Squeezed Lime | 0.5 oz Agave | Pinch of Chopped Cilantro | Chili-Lime Sea Salt

Preparation:
Pour Tequila, Agave, lime juice and Cilantro over Ice in Cocktail Shaker & shake vigorously

 
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