8. Grilled Artichokes with Olive Oil, Lemon, and Mint

Grilled Artichokes with Olive Oil, Lemon, and Mint

This is the end-all, be-all for light, refreshing summer appetizers, make no mistake. The artichokes are tangy and not what you'd expect. The lemon lends some additional tartness that takes amazing during warm weather. And the mint is cool, refreshing, and just delicious. Combined together, this dish will tickle your taste buds and leave your guests begging for more!


2 lemons, halved

6 large artichokes

2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/3 cup fresh lemon juice

3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint


Squeeze juice from halved lemons into large bowl filled with cold water. Cut stem off 1 artichoke, leaving about 1 inch. Snap off outer 2 rows of leaves. Cut off top 1/3 of artichoke. Quarter artichoke lengthwise. Using small knife, cut out choke and prickly small leaves. Place artichoke in lemon water. Repeat with remaining artichokes.

Bring large pot of salted water to boil.

Drain artichokes, add to pot, and boil until crisp-tender, about 15 minutes. Drain. Transfer artichokes to rack and cool. DO AHEAD Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.

Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Whisk oil, 1/3 cup lemon juice, and mint in small bowl. Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper. Brush artichokes with dressing. Grill until tender and lightly charred in spots, turning occasionally, about 8 minutes. Transfer artichokes to platter. Drizzle with some of remaining dressing. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Summer appetizers should be light, not too filling, and totally fresh. Whether they're hot or cold, you have to make sure that they mix well with the weather – you don't want a lot of heavy ingredients when the temperatures are cresting up toward triple dishes. Fortunately, there are plenty of delicious recipes that are totally summer friendly. What are some of your favorite appetizers for summer?

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