Summer is creeping up right around the corner and I am so excited that we can start using our beautiful outdoor patio! This past, Saturday, I did a DIY caesar salad and strawberry shortcake. Truth be told, I’d never had anything but angel food cake or those weird sickly sweet shortcake cake’s from the grocery store.
Overhead of our outside dining table – corn on the cob, grilled romaine, grilled shrimp, cherry tomatoes, homemade croutons and caesar dressing.
I accidentally made my salad too big because everything looked so delicious!
We went to IKEA and I bought a dozen of these white napkins with the red stripe. They’re quintessential french and it just makes any dinner more chic.
I love this handsome guy! This is “you did a good job on dinner, honey” face.
Grilled Caesar Salad
1 package romaine hearts – halved and greased
1/2 pint cherry tomatoes
1 small container of anchovies ( we buy these from trader joes)
1 pound shrimp marinated in Greek/ Italian seasonings and a bit of oil and skewered
6 pieces of thick bread – cubed, mixed with oil and seasonings (I used Provencal Herbs from Whole Foods) and toasted
1 container of Homemade Caesar salad dressing like this one here
1. Grill the Romaine Hearts and the marinated shrimp
2. Place the shrimp skewers and the grilled romaine on a large platter
3. On another large platter or plate put a container with the cherry tomatoes, minced anchovies (if you like extra on your salad), ceasar dressing and the croutons.
4. Open a bottle of good wine! We drank it with a nice light pink Rose!
Strawberry Shortcake with Buttermilk Biscuits
With the warm weather and strawberries on sale this was a perfect after dinner dessert for us! It came together in like 10 mins and just had to bake for about 20 mins and put together within 5 mins!
I used this recipe here!
I think this dinner is flexible for if you have 2 people or 10 people over. Everything is quick to assemble and you could make the shortcake and whip cream earlier in the day and make that a DIY as well!
What fun things do you do for your warm summer nights on the patio?