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Simple Starters

Make it easy and fresh for your summer soirée.

Photo by Brandon Smith

Make it easy and fresh for your summer soirée.

For summer gatherings, I love to prepare simple, fresh food for guests. Having avocado toast and fruit bruschetta is always a great duo. Pairing sweet nectarines with fresh mozzarella is such a tasty combination. I also like how the vibrant colors from avocado toast toppings can match any summer vibe. Your family and guests will love these sweet recipes to enjoy on the patio!

For the fruit bruschetta, cut the french baguette bread into slices. Brush a thin layer of butter onto each slice. Toast the sides of the baguette in a skillet on the stove to give it a toasted and rustic look.

After the bread is cooled, layer slices of fresh mozzarella, nectarines and fresh herbs on top. You can also add a drizzle of balsamic reduction for an extra touch of flavor.


  • French baguette bread
  • Butter
  • Mozzarellaslices
  • Nectarines
  • Fresh herbs
Photo by Brandon Smith


  • Rye sandwich bread
  • Avocado(mashed)
  • Red pickled onion
  • Sliced cucumber and cherry tomatoes
  • Crumbled feta cheese
  • Red pepper flakes
Photo by Brandon Smith