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The Fourth of July is the most popular time of year to grill.

This morning Lowe’s Foods is showing us some great recipes and tips to make your July Fourth even more festive.

Grilled Summer Romaine Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 ea whole romaine heart
  • 3 tbsp. Extra virgin olive oil
  • .5 Grilled corn kernelsClick to see savings
  • 1 ea Medium lemon juiced
  • 1 tbspLlocal honey
  • 1 tbsp White balsamic
  • 1/2c cherry tomato halved
  • 1/2C Cucumber seeded and diced
  • 1 C Avocado Diced
  • 12 Cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt

Preparation

  1. Turn grill on medium heat, Trim romaine and cut into quarters place on tray and drizzle cut edges with 1tbsp of oil
  2. Cut the tomatoes, cucumber and avocado and set aside
  3. Place romaine on grill with cut side facing up, cook until outside browns slightly. Turnover and repeat with other edge, Careful not to burn
  4. Remove from heat and place on platter in refrigerator
  5. Combine remaining oil, lemon juice, honey and balsamic in blender to mix dressing
  6. Rough chop cilantro for service
  7. Remove lettuce from refrigerator and cut into bite sized chunks, toss with cut vegetables and cilantro
  8. Drizzle with dressing and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Top with cilantro

Note: salad can be served as a side or topped with grilled chicken or sausage as an entree

Fruity Watermelon Cooler 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • ½ cup COUNTRY TIME Lemonade Flavor Drink Mix
  • 3 cups chopped seedless watermelon
  • 1 cup ice cubes

Directions 

  1. Blend all ingredients in blender on high speed until smooth.
  2. Serve immediately.

How to prepare watermelon-flavored ice cubes 

  1. Puree additional chopped watermelon in blender
    until smooth.
  2. Pour into ice cube trays
  3. Freeze until firm.
  4. Use in place of plain ice cubes to add flavor to,
    and chill, your favorite cold drink, such as ginger
    ale or fruit juice

Peach Chutney 

So what is a chutney?

A chutney is just another way of saying a spicy condiment made of fruits or vegetables with spices and sugar.  It originates in India.

Since it is sweet, it pairs really well on a meat or seafood.  A lot of people will be grilling for the holiday.  What we are going to do today is make a Peach Chutney with meat from the grill.  This is the time of year that all of the local peaches will be coming in, and this is a great recipe to showcase those fresh flavors.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. canola oil
  • 3 cup peaches (semi-firm) peeled and diced Click to see savings
  • .5 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
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  • .5 tbsp. ginger, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
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  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/8 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1ea medium orange juiced
  • 1/3 cup green onion
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh basil
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  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
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Directions

  1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add peaches and red peppers and cook until they become soft on the outside being careful not to brown (3-4 min)
  2. Add ginger, garlic and brown sugar. Stir mixture over heat tossing ingredients together while melting sugar
  3. Pour in vinegar and orange juice, bring to a boil until liquid thickens (3-4min)
  4. Remove from heat; cool slightly. Stir in green onion, basil, salt and pepper

Can be served warm or chilled.