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How to throw a Mediterranean dinner party: These 3 recipes are key

What’s better than a Mediterranean-approved dinner party? Each recipe is filled with ingredients containing healthy fats and antioxidants, like pine nuts and beetroot, and you’ll be sure to get your social fix in as you impress your family and friends with these recipes.

After all, the Mediterranean diet emphasises relationships as an integral part of a healthy lifestyle.

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Course 1: Cava Sangria

Ingredients:

  • 750 ml Cava or any dry sparkling white wine
  • 480 ml white grape juice

Mix in a pitcher with:

  • 165 g strawberries cut in circles
  • 125 g raspberries
  • ½ grapefruit cut into triangles (peel on)
  • Serve chilled or over ice. 
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Course 2: Shaved Snap Pea Salad

Ingredients:

  • 185 g snap peas (about 2 big handfuls, ends trimmed) 
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan 
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts 
  • 6 dates, pitted and diced 
  • 2 tablespoons chopped mint 
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil 
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice 
  • Black pepper

Method:

  1. Cut the snap peas diagonally as thinly as possible. This is easy but does take a bit of time. A sharp knife helps.
  2. Toss all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and enjoy chilled or at room temp.
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Course 3: Beet Pasta

Method:

  1. Boil 225g pasta (long fusilli is recommended).
  2. Grate 1 small beet using a fine grater (no need to peel).
  3. Drain the pasta, then put it back in the hot pot.
  4. Add the grated beet, juice from ½ lemon, 55g goat cheese, 2 tbsp. olive oil, plus salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Serve with fresh herbs (parsley is recommended). 

Recipes excerpted from The Forest Feast Mediterranean.