I partnered with ALDI on this blog post and contest. Leave a comment on your favorite ways to salute summer. Tell me about the picnics and cookouts, family adventures, foods and recipes you enjoy and why you would LOVE to win this summer ALDI contest.
One winner (US only) will receive a $50 ALDI gift card and a signed copy of my book, Body Kindness. Full details at the end of this post.
Whether you’re hosting a patriotic picnic or grilling on the back deck, I’m here to help you celebrate with the best party food and recipes AND best of all, you don’t have to break the bank when you shop at ALDI! ALDI consistently has the best quality foods at the best prices including fresh produce, organics, and everyday items like olive oil – and I can even save up to 50% compared to other grocery stores.
The Best Layered Hummus Dip
This Mediterranean Layered Dip is a nice alternative to your usual Mexican party dip. Layered with hummus as a base and then topped with tomato, cucumber, onion and olives for a refreshing and nutritious appetizer. It’s perfect for dipping fresh vegetables and warmed pita, and if you need to avoid gluten, look for the liveGfree crackers. ALDI has a whole line of gluten free products from breads to pastas, crackers and cake mixes.
A Favorite Grilling Go-To
My favorite way to dine in the summer is al fresco and these Grilled Chicken and Pineapple Skewers with Lemon-Cucumber Salsa are one of my go-to’s for any occasion. Delicious and simple, but also great for impressing a crowd.
Simply cut your chicken and pineapple into similar size pieces and give them a quick toss in a bowl with oil, salt, and pepper. Thread the skewers and grill for about 8 minutes each side. The lemon cucumber salsa is so easy and with just a tad of sweetness from ALDI’s Simply Nature Organic Wildflower honey it compliments the chicken and pineapple to wow your taste buds.
Don’t miss out on another great ALDI deal! Every Wednesday, ALDI offers incredible Weekly Fresh Meat Specials. When you see the “Weekly Fresh Meat Special” sign, you’ll find extra-low prices on the very best cuts of meat.
A Perfect Summer Salad for Any Occasion
This Fruit and Avocado Salad is crisp and refreshing with citrus fruits, blueberries, avocado, and spring mix. It also has blue cheese crumbles for added creaminess and chopped pecans to give it a nice crunch and the salad greens are Simply Nature Spring Mix. I love bringing this salad to summer gatherings as it comes together without any fuss and it is loaded with so many delicious ingredients.
When you shop at ALDI look for the ALDI Simply Nature line, which has nearly 200 everyday products and all SimplyNature products are free of 125 artificial ingredients and are either organic or verified by the Non-GMO Project, like organic honey and coconut oil. ALDI is continuing to expand their offering of organic produce and salad mixes, so look for the “organic” seal on the front of packaging.
Stars, Stripes and Shortcake
Red, white and blueberry delight, this American Shortcake is layered with seasonal berries for a patriotic red, white, and blue occasion and perfect to end any summer meal. I love serving these in pretty single serve dessert cups or mason jars, or you can make a larger container to feed a crowd. This is also a great dessert you can prep in advance and it will keep for a few days in your refrigerator.
A Cool Summer Spritzer
If you don’t know already, ALDI stores offer award-winning wines and world-class beers. Serve up a refreshing spritzer your guests can enjoy with fresh juices and award-winning wines.
This Crisp Summer Spitzer is made with Essenza di Vita Pinot Grigio is an award winner – it got 89 Points, a Silver Medal, Best Buy & Highly Recommended in the World Wine Championship. Enjoy it chilled on it’s own or make a refreshing spritzer – with or without the alcohol. Let guests mix their own cocktails with sodas and carafes of juices, like Nature’s Nectar 100% Cranberry Juice. Don’t forget to serve with fresh sliced lemons and lime for a refreshing twist.
Salute to Summer Contest
Leave a comment on your favorite ways to celebrate summer. Tell me about the foods, recipes, and activities you love and why you would LOVE to win this summer ALDI contest.
One winner will be drawn from the blog comments section in this post after midnight Sunday June 25th and notified by e-mail. Once you provide a valid, U.S. mailing address, please allow 7-14 days for the Body Kindness book and $50 ALDI gift card to arrive. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.