This edition of "What's on the Menu?" focuses on ladies' night in recipes. The past month has been buzzing with excitement, all thanks to the latest Barbie movie. From theater-goers donning head-to-toe #barbiepink to record-breaking box office numbers, there's no denying the Barbie fever that's taken root. With this in mind, I'm eager to share the ultimate spread for a delightful and refreshing summer night indoors. While the Barbie hype may eventually subside, these timeless fruity recipes are here to stay. If you're on the hunt for the perfect ladies' night-in recipes, these exceptional and distinct dishes are your answer.
What's on the menu?
Strawberry Feta Bruschetta (25 minutes)
Refreshing Watermelon Mint Salad (3 hours 15 minutes)
No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Pie (1 hour 20 minutes)
Watermelon Mint Cocktail (5 minutes)
First Appetizer - Strawberry Feta Bruschetta
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This Strawberry Feta Bruschetta recipe adds a delightful twist to the classic favorite. The juicy sweetness of ripe strawberries pairs perfectly with tangy feta cheese, all harmonized by a balsamic glaze. This fantastic shareable dish is guaranteed to receive numerous compliments. Its memorable and light nature makes it an excellent choice for sharing at gatherings, welcoming both friends and newcomers.
Second Appetizer - Refreshing Watermelon Mint Salad
No collection of ladies' night in recipes would be complete without this delightful Watermelon Mint Salad. The blend of sweet watermelon juiciness, subtle feta saltiness, and red wine vinegar's zing work in harmony to elevate the natural flavors.
I've shared this salad at countless gatherings, and each time, it shines brightly, receiving a flurry of compliments whenever it graces the table.
Dessert - No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Pie
Creamy and airy, this No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Pie captures the essence of a laid-back summer dessert.
Built upon a homemade graham cracker crust, this pie showcases a sweet, fresh strawberry layer on top. Beyond its visual appeal, the strawberries elevate the dessert, infusing it with natural flavor and a delicate essence.
Expect a pie with impressive height. For those seeking variety, consider splitting the mixture to make two pies or crafting dainty strawberry tarts. If you're looking to share, individual-sized strawberry cheesecake parfaits make for a splendid choice.
Cocktail - Watermelon Mint Cocktail
This Watermelon Gin Cocktail is infused with watermelon sweetness, citrusy zest and cooling mint! It stands as the ideal addition to your next gathering.
Personally, I'm quite fond of using Empress gin, mainly for the mesmerizing pink-lavender hue it adds to this drink. However, feel free to use any gin of your choice for this recipe.
Consider this cocktail a playful twist on the classic gin and tonic, with some minty mojito vibes. It offers a crisp, refreshing taste with a subtle yet satisfying natural sweetness.
If you're in the mood for another fabulous beverage option, I recommend giving this White Wine Sangria a try.