POPSUGAR Food

Quick Summery Snacks With Only 3 Ingredients

Jul 23 2014 - 4:25am

Summer produce is usually so good that it doesn't need much to make it better. But when you are looking to spice things up, we have a few ideas to make your Summer snacks more interesting and elegant. Butter, citrus juice, and salt are a few of the no-brainers, but we've thrown in some oddball ingredients, too, like ginger and kelp sprinkle. But if you're all out of fresh produce, we have a few other quick snacks that can be easily thrown together from pantry goods.

Photos: Anna Monette Roberts

Tomatoes, Balsamic Glaze, Olive Oil

Late-Summer tomatoes hardly need adornment, save for a drizzle of sweet balsamic glaze and olive oil.

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Bell Pepper, Bragg Seasoning, and Sea Salt

I've nearly maxed out on Trader Joe's 21 Season Salute [1] (a Mediterranean spice blend) and moved on to Bragg Organic Sea Kelp Delight Seasoning [2] ($5), a 24-herb-and-spice blend with kelp, rosemary, onion, and a bucket load of other Italian herbs. Those who enjoy the flavor of seaweed will love this sea kelp seasoning; sprinkle it over any raw vegetable, like bell pepper along with a little salt for a subtle taste of the sea.

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Brown Sugar, Pecans, Bacon

OK . . . maybe this isn't quite a Summer snack, but bacon is always in season. Cover bacon strips with crushed pecans and brown sugar and bake it until it becomes candied bacon [3]. It's appropriate to eat this stuff any time of the day.

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Radishes, Butter, and Flake Salt

Radishes can be too peppery for some, but a little dab of butter and finishing sea salt will mellow out the piquancy.

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Fig, Goat Cheese, and Prosciutto

Half a fig, place a small slab of goat cheese onto the top, then wrap it all up with a thin slice of prosciutto. Sweet, creamy, salty, and indulgent, it's a filling snack for sure.

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Cucumbers, Lime, and Pepper

Especially on hot days, there's nothing like cooling down and hydrating up with a big bowl of sliced cucumbers. Squeeze lime juice and pepper for a spicy, zesty kick.

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Baguette, Hazelnut-Chocolate Spread, Flaky Sea Salt

A higher-end version of Nutella is Rigoni Di Asiago Nocciolata [4], a milk-chocolate hazelnut spread that rivals the grocery store variety. Spread it atop toasted baguette and finish it with flaky sea salt for an indulgent snack.

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Purple String Mustard, Cream Cheese, and Pretzels

Slather a little cream cheese on a pretzel or a cracker, then garnish with a hefty pinch of purple string mustard. The crunchy, salty pretzel and sour cream cheese complement the tart mustard greens.

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Peaches, Ginger, and Honey

Create a very simple syrup by whisking together a teaspoon of grated ginger with two teaspoons of honey and a splash of hot water. Pour the gingery syrup over slices of fresh peaches and voilà! You've got a satisfying fruit snack.

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Daikon, Umeboshi Vinegar, and Black Pepper

For a Japanese-inspired snack, chop thin medallions of daikon radish [5], which resembles a white carrot but tastes spicy and astringent. Generously splash the daikon with savory and salty umeboshi vinegar, a plum vinegar that's packed with umami flavor. Sprinkle it with freshly ground pepper or a sesame seed/nori seaweed shake, if you like the oceanic flavor.

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Turkey, White Cheddar, and Apple Slices

As apples begin to crop up in grocery stores and farmers markets, assemble a snack that reminds you of your childhood: turkey, white cheddar, and apple slices. For an adult version, try peppered turkey and a sharp white cheddar.

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Cracker, Jam, and Brie

The French know perfect pairings like this one: fig jam, a sweet-leaning cracker, and a good, grassy brie [6].

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Mango, Lemon, and Mint

Lemon is like the salt of fruit: it helps to enhance flavor. Prepare to go wild for this combination of mango, fresh mint leaves, and lemon squeezed over the top.

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Raspberries, Whipped Cream, and Honey

What to do with all those ripe Summer berries? Serve raspberries with a dollop of whipped cream [7] and a drizzle of honey.

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Toast, Almond Butter, Maple Syrup

Looking to revamp your peanut butter and honey toast routine? Slather almond butter onto toast, then drizzle a bit of maple syrup on top.

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Fruit With Chili and Lime

For a refreshing treat, turn to frutas con chile y limón, which translates to fruit, chili powder, lime [8]. Try it with your favorite tropical fruit like mango.

Pepper, Goat Cheese, and Jalapeño

Top sweet wax peppers with an aged goat cheese like Andante's Acapella [9] and a sliver of jalapeño for a spicy kick. This is an incredibly simple yet addicting appetizer to serve at parties.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Hard-boiled Eggs, Honey Dijon, and Cayenne

Sweet and spicy deviled eggs [10] can be made using hard-boiled eggs, honey Dijon mustard, and cayenne.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts


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