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Planning to host some great parties this season? Be sure to keep the menu in mind as you begin making preparations. Denver and the surrounding areas offer several farmers’ markets, so you can stock up on local produce to transform into delicious dishes. If you’re looking for inspiration for crowd-pleasing recipes that are a cinch to make, take a look at a few of our seasonal favorites:

Gazpacho

If you’re hosting an informal or outdoor party, keep guests cool with a classic Gazpacho recipe. This dip is perfect for serving up during the summertime, and it’s bursting with fresh flavors from a variety of vegetables. In addition to its light, chilled texture, Gazpacho is simple to make and only requires about 20 minutes of prep time.

Watermelon and Arugula Salad

Looking for a versatile side to complement the main course? During the hottest months of the year, you can’t go wrong with a seasonal salad. The earthy tones of arugula combine wonderfully with watermelon and lemon juice, and this watermelon and arugula salad is ideal for serving up at your next lunch or dinner party. A sprinkle of feta and mint leaves complete the dish, making it a beautiful addition to the table.

Caprese Tomatoes

If you’re hoping to keep the menu on the lighter side, these simple Caprese tomatoes won’t disappoint. You won’t even need to fire up the oven for this fresh appetizer–the only tool you’ll need is a good-quality knife to create even slices. This limited-ingredient side dish is a summer staple, and you’ll only need 15 minutes from start to finish.

Barbecue Chicken With Peach Slaw

Looking for a dish that will steal the show? Try this barbecue chicken with peach and feta slaw recipe. This recipe works as both a side dish or entrée, as it’s packed with a complex set of flavors and textures. Barbecue chicken and sweet peaches are both summer favorites, and create a satisfying combination when tossed with crunchy slaw and buttery olive oil.

Throwing the perfect party is a breeze when you have access to easy recipes and a beautiful setting in which to host. If you’d like to upgrade your living space, the Flats at VillaRosso offers luxury and location in perfect balance. Conveniently located near the Denver Tech Center, our condominium community is equipped with spacious floor plans and expansive outdoor spaces. We’re also just minutes from the Light Rail, so you can experience our city’s best dining and entertainment without a long commute. To learn more about making the Flats at VillaRosso your home, please reach out to our team.