Free-From Mexican Salsa and Mediterranean Tzatziki Dips
Summer garden party? Check out our recipes for delicious free-from dips!
September is almost upon us (how?!). The long nights are drawing in, and the soaring temperatures of June and July are stuck firmly in our distant memories (yes, they really did happen).
But unbelievably, summer isn’t over yet.
Realistically, things generally hold out weather wise until mid-September, so don’t go stashing the Pimms in the back of the cupboard just yet! So, before you go looking for the plumpest pumpkins and purchasing your first Christmas presents, remember that a late summer garden party is the perfect way to see the season out!
Garden parties are so easy to organise, and are less hassle than a BBQ. You can either go super easy with a BYOB/ BYOF invite to your nearest and dearest, or put on a buffet-style spread to keep people happy while they mill around the garden sipping Pina Coladas.
Check out our blog on free-from picnic foods if you need ideas for an easy spread – there is a world of delicious free-from options out there that you can use to save time. Looking for something more hearty? Why not put together a spicy Mexican rice dish that can easily be made free-from dairy, gluten or meat depending on your preferences. A quick google search will bring up hundreds of great recipes and you’re sure to find one you love.
We’ve put together two recipes for mouth-watering free-from dips that you can whiz up in no time to delight your guests with. We’ve gone for a Mexican salsa and a Mediterranean tzatziki to ensure that you have something to interest everyone.
For the salsa:
Half a red onion
2 cloves of garlic
Juice of half a lime
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp date syrup
Handful of fresh coriander – chopped
Salt and pepper
Chop the tomatoes, onion and garlic and mix together in a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the lime, vinegar and syrup, and mix thoroughly with a fork. Drizzle the dressing over the tomato mixture and stir in the coriander. Add salt and pepper to taste. If you prefer it smoother, you could use a blender to whiz it up a little before serving. Best served with nachos.
For the Tzatziki:
200g Pudology Coconut Yoghurt (http://dairyandglutenfreedesserts.co.uk/stockists/)
2-4 cloves of garlic
Juice of half a lemon
2-3tbsp oil (I used rice bran but olive has a more distinct flavour)
1 tbsp chopped fresh dill or mint
Salt and pepper
Toss everything into a blender and whiz until smooth and creamy. Add salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate for at least thirty minutes before serving. Serve with toasted pita bread and fresh salad for a summery Mediterranean mezze.
These delicious dips will leave your guests super impressed at your culinary skills, and they take little time or effort. They can easily be adjusted to suit your taste preferences and are a great way to infuse the party with free-from food that no one would guess was any different to their usual.