Hi Everyone! I love writing about fun, yummy, and easy recipes that I make all the time for my family. Lately, we have been hosting a lot and enjoying the warm weather and LIVING in the pool. My hubby wants to lock me in a closet and throw away they key because I probably invite my family and friends over every Sunday for a BBQ and pool party (and he is always the one that ends up doing all the grilling). BBQ’s are great! They are easy to organize, laid back, and make for a fun atmosphere. I make this corn salad all the time. It’s simple to make and if you make it the night before your BBQ, it gets more flavorful by marinating overnight. All you have to do on the day of the BBQ is whip it out and serve.
Here’s how it goes:
Summer Corn Salad Recipe:
3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 teaspoons kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
6 ears fresh corn, husked or canned corn (about 4 cups corn kernels)
2 cups red or orange grape tomatoes, halved
1 bunch scallions (white and green), thinly sliced
8 ounces fresh mozzarella cut into small cubes
1 1/2 cups fresh basil leaves
Cut the corn kernels with a sharp knife over a bowl. Toss in the tomatoes, scallions, and mozzarella.
Whisk the vinegar, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Gradually whisk in the oil, starting with a few drops and then adding the rest in a steady stream to make a smooth dressing. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat. Cover and let set for 15 minutes or make the recipe the night before and let it soak up the dressing overnight.
Before serving, tear the basil over the salad and mix.
Definitely try out this corn salad recipe. I love the colors and flavors, and it’s always a crowd pleaser. Here are some other great tips for hosting BBQ’s:
- Many of the side salads and appetizers can be made the day before. After the kids go to sleep, try and knock out every recipe that can be made ahead of time and store in the refrigerator. Prepare the appetizers (cut up the cheese and salami, get apps ready that just need to go into the oven) and make the sides. The day of the BBQ you can just take everything out of the refrigerator, pop it in the oven, and serve. That leaves you more time to hang in the pool and socialize with guests.
- Make is casual- it’s a BBQ! Do a buffet style on your kitchen island or on a table. Let all your guests take what they want and sit where they want. I never set the table or make place cards for BBQ’s. Guests sit outside by the pool, in front of the TV, or at the dinner table. This sets up for a way more fun and laid back feel.
- Use paper plates and plastic ware. Easy cleanup! Again, hosting is for the hostess to enjoy and have fun too. No need to make it harder on yourself with a crazy cleanup.
- Don’t be shy! Ask your guests to bring something. I always have everyone bring drinks or desserts. Guests want to bring something to a party, so do not hesitate to ask for what you need. Otherwise, you will get a bunt cake that no one likes.
- Play fun music outside by the pool. I love to have board games sitting out like scrabble and Rummikub.
- Make a fun drink like sangria and have a dispenser sitting out so that guests can keep filling up their glasses. As much as I am a fan of paper and plastic ware, I do love using mason jars for drinks. It’s just so cute and perfect for summertime.
Here are some of the things I absolutely love to use when hosting a BBQ. I hope this inspires you to invite your family and friends over and make some memories! Happy Hosting!