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Recipe: Cowboy Caviar — Recipes from The Kitchn

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Cowboy caviar is seriously perfect potluck party food — especially in the South, where tailgating season begins before the air turns crisp. Where once tailgating literally meant lowering the tailgate of a friend's truck, opening a bag of chips and a can of beer, we now have tents, tables, and decor. Needless to say, the snacks have improved as well. Cowboy caviar is best made ahead; it's filling but not heavy, and can be served at room temperature without any sign of congealed cheese or questionably warm mayo.

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Recipe: Crunchy Cabbage & Peanut Slaw — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

This deceptively simple mix of cabbage, peanuts, and rice vinegar with oil is one of the easiest ways to round out a meal. It's all in how you cut the cabbage: the mix is light and feathery yet satisfying at the same time. This is my attempt to imitate it, and it's also a basic element in one of my favorite meals for a crowd, slow cooker hoisin pork wraps.

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Recipe: Avocado Caprese Salad — Salad Recipes

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Of all the essential ways to use up ripe and juicy summer tomatoes, I'd argue that a big caprese salad deserves a spot at the top of your list. And there's one thing that's going to make this summer's caprese the best yet: creamy chunks of ripe avocado.

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Recipe: 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Fruit Dip — 3-Ingredient Recipes

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Here's the quickest and easiest way to jazz up fresh fruit. Whisk Greek yogurt, peanut butter, and the sweetener of your choice — be it honey, maple syrup, or agave — together and you've got a creamy dip for apple and banana slices, strawberries, and more. It's not only an extra-fun way to eat fresh fruit, but it also adds some protein to the snack, rounding it out and making it one that's sure to keep anybody's stomach from rumbling until the next meal rolls around.

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Recipe: Tomato and Feta White Bean Salad — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

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Here's a simple yet satisfying salad to make for dinner tonight. If you've got a couple cans of white beans in your pantry, you're already halfway there. Drain the beans and toss in as many juicy, in-season cherry tomatoes as you can possibly fit in the bowl; add a few big handfuls of tangy, salty feta and plenty of chopped fresh parsley and oregano; and then dress the whole mess in a sharp, aromatic shallot vinaigrette. The result is a flavor-packed salad that feels hearty yet still light and fresh enough to fit the season.

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Recipe: Tangy Carrot Slaw — Quick and Easy Weeknight Sides

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

This carrot slaw is sweet and tangy, due to a slew of Dijon mustard in the dressing, and bright and fragrant, thanks to a heap of sliced scallions. It's a salad that hits all corners of your taste buds. It makes a light, flavorful lunch on its own but also begs to be paired with a simple roast chicken for dinner. Need a potluck side? This slaw is also begging to be just that, seeing as it's something that only gets better as it sits in the bowl.

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