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3 Easy Mediterranean Recipes for Summer Hosting

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*Mediterranean Summer Menu*

*For the Chicken Marinade:*
▪8-12 boneless skinless chicken thighs
▪20g (1T + 1 tsp) salt
▪10g (2t) sugar
▪5g (1 ½t) black pepper
▪3g (1 2/3t) dried oregano
▪50g (1/4c) olive oil
▪30g (1/2c) parsley, chopped
▪40g (8-10 cloves) garlic, minced
▪Zest of 2 lemons

*For the Grilled Broccolini Pasta Salad:*
▪150g (2/3 cup) red wine vinegar
▪15g (2t) honey
▪15g (1T) grainy mustard (Maille brand recommended)
▪1 medium shallot, finely diced and rinsed
▪150g (2/3 cup) extra virgin olive oil
▪125g (1 bunch) broccolini, stems trimmed
▪Salt, to taste
▪225g (1/2 lb) bowtie pasta
▪75g (1/2 cup) marinated olives, rough chopped
▪50-75g (1 whole) red bell pepper, diced
▪75g (2/3 cup) grated Parmesan cheese
▪50g (1/4 cup) sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
▪10g (3T) finely chopped parsley

*For the Citrus and Fennel Salad:*
▪6 large oranges
▪2 grapefruits
▪1 fennel bulb, fronds reserved
▪1/4 red onion, thinly shaved
▪3-4T chopped roasted pistachios
▪Olive oil, for dressing
▪1-2 tbsp champagne vinegar or lemon juice
▪Flaky salt

*For the Chicken:*
1. Combine salt, sugar, black pepper, oregano, olive oil, parsley, garlic, and lemon zest in a medium bowl. Add the chicken thighs and toss to coat evenly. Marinate for at least 30 minutes, or up to 3-5 hours in the refrigerator.
2. Preheat the grill to 550°F (288°C). Lightly oil the grates. Place marinated chicken thighs on the grill over high heat. Grill until well-marked, about 4 minutes per side. Let rest.

*For the Grilled Broccolini Pasta Salad:*
1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the bowtie pasta according to package instructions until just past al dente. Drain and rinse under cold water.
2. In a separate bowl, whisk together red wine vinegar, honey, mustard, and olive oil. Add rinsed shallot or onion.
3. Toss broccolini with olive oil and salt, then grill alongside chicken for about 2-3 minutes per side until charred but still crisp. Chop into ½ inch lengths.
4. Combine cooked pasta, dressing, grilled broccolini, olives, bell pepper, sun-dried tomatoes, Parmesan, and parsley in a large bowl. Toss well and hold at room temperature before serving.

*For the Citrus and Fennel Salad:*
1. Supreme oranges and grapefruits by removing all peel and pith, then segmenting the fruits.
2. Thinly shave the fennel bulb on a mandoline, stopping before the core. Pick some of the fronds to use for garnish.
3. Arrange citrus segments in a serving dish. Top with shaved fennel, red onion, and pistachios.
4. Dress the salad with olive oil, vinegar or lemon juice, and sprinkle with flaky salt.

0:00 Marinating the chicken
1:19 Pasta salad dressing
2:24 Grilling the broccolini and chicken
4:12 Pasta salad prep
5:05 Stay hydrated
6:06 Finishing the pasta salad
7:04 Citrus and fennel salad
9:55 plate up and tasting

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