Summer is here and that means it’s time to enjoy the warm weather and the company of family and friends. Whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue, a pool party, or a casual get-together on the patio, outdoor entertaining is a great way to have fun and create memories. But what makes a successful outdoor event? Besides good music, games, and conversation, you need fresh and flavorful food that will delight your guests and keep them satisfied.

From appetizers to snacks to drinks, fresh greenhouse grown produce is the key ingredient for making your summer gatherings a hit. In only a few short minutes, you can create a charcuterie board full of fresh flavors that pair well with the finest cheeses and cured meats, impressing all your guests. Or, for a casual and satisfying snack, you can quickly grab a pack of veggies to enjoy on their own or with your favorite dip. With greenhouse grown, you can always find the right flavors for your outdoor entertaining needs!

One of the best things about outdoor entertaining is enjoying delicious appetizers that are perfect for a hot summer day.

Appetizer Recipes Perfect for Outdoor Entertaining –

If you’re looking for some appetizer recipes that are easy to make and delicious to eat, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re hosting a party or just enjoying a relaxing day with your loved ones, these appetizers will make sure everyone is satisfied this summer.

Numero Uno Salsa

Enjoy this salsa with Uno Bites™ Nano Cucumbers, crunchy and juicy bite-sized cucumbers. They add freshness to the spicy mix of chili, lime and cilantro. Whip up this salsa quickly to serve with tortilla chips and you’ll have the perfect appetizer for outdoor fun.

Arugula Melon Skewers

Make these skewers with Solara® Mini Melons, the first sustainable greenhouse grown personal-sized melons with a tropical flavor. They are sweet, juicy, and aromatic. Pair them with cheese, prosciutto, and arugula for a tasty and refreshing appetizer. With a refreshing app like this, you’ll keep all your guests hydrated and happy.

Baked Goat Cheese & Sangria® Bruschetta Dip

Bake a three-cheese dip with Sangria® Medley Tomatoes, a colorful and flavorful mix of snacking tomatoes. Drizzle with balsamic glaze and basil. This easy and tangy dip is perfect for sharing with friends at your next outdoor gathering with fresh flavors that will impress and delight with every bite.

Caprese Stuffed Mushrooms

When you crave an elegant appetizer that is easy to make and delicious to eat, you’ll love these Caprese Stuffed Mushrooms. Simply stuff portobello mushrooms with Cloud 9® Bite-Sized Fruity Tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. Bake in garlic butter and top with basil and balsamic glaze. This easy and elegant appetizer showcases the unique, fruity flavor of Cloud 9® Tomatoes and is a great option to serve before a main course like grilled steak.

Cool & Refreshing Drinks for Parties on the Patio –

It’s the perfect time to enjoy some refreshing drinks that will keep you and your guests hydrated and refreshed while enjoying the hot summer sun. While other beverages with caffeine or alcohol can dehydrate you, these mocktails will boost your energy and keep you feeling fresh. Check out the list of drink recipes below and find your next favorite summer drink.

Alonna™ Sangria Mocktail

Enjoy this Alonna Sangria Mocktail in five minutes with Alonna™ Canary Melons and Sweet Blooms® Strawberries. These fruits add a sweet and juicy flavor to the grape, cranberry, and sparkling water mix. Alonna™ melons are crisp and smooth, and Sweet Blooms® strawberries bring this mocktail a delicate sweetness.

Cucumber Mojito Mocktail

Try this Cucumber Mojito Mocktail with Long English Cucumbers and Mini Cucumbers. These cucumbers add a crisp and hydrating touch to the classic mojito flavors of mint and lime. Enjoy this light and refreshing drink by the pool to stay hydrated and feeling fresh all summer long.

Bloody Mary Mocktail

Try this Bloody Mary Mocktail with RedRoyals® Sweet Cherry Tomatoes On-The-Vine. These tomatoes are roasted with aromatic herbs and blended into a smooth and sweet puree. The puree is mixed with tangy and spicy ingredients to create a mouthwatering drink. Serve it over ice with a chili lime rim and your favorite toppings for a fun and festive touch. This Bloody Mary Mocktail is perfect for summer parties, brunches, or picnics. It will spice up your day and delight your guests.

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