Begin by baking sweet potatoes, I made a big batch of 8 potatoes and baked at 400 until they were very soft. Remove the skins (not necessary but a safe bet in a larger crowd) and combine with butter salt and milk in a mixing bowl. Taste as you go to find the perfect flavor! Can be served hot or prepared the night before and cold. The chicken salad is a combination of chicken (boiled or rotisserie), cilantro, mashed avocado, walnuts, halved grapes, S&P, olive oil
Chop peppers and onions and add EVOO salt and pepper and make a tinfoil basket for them, then grill for a few minutes on each side. Bake asparagus with olive oil in oven at 400 for 12 min (if you have meat to cook, this conserves grill space). Peel sweet corn and brush with melted butter salt and pepper, then grill on low for a few min- rotating often. I just learned this way of cooking corn, it caramelize sand is delicious.
Who can complain about fresh picked tomatoes, motz, basil salt and pepper? Also, put some cuke slices out with salt!
To make a smaller dish, I boiled 7 beets for 20 min. In bowl whisk 2 tbsp EVOO, one tbsp honey, salt, a squeeze of oj and grated ginger. Let the beets cool and peel off the skin. Dice beets, peel and slice an orange and add to bowl. Add a cut shallot, S&P, cilantro and toasted cashew pieces.
Can serve as is or over a bowl of greens (I used spinach and the leaves from the beets)