Do you miss gathering with family and friends this season because of the pandemic? This summer grilled chicken recipe with watermelon salad and rice pilaf with almonds and raisins is the perfect antidote to get you grilling and eating outside. Also, being outside can provide an emotional boost and a diversion to the current concerns.
I cut this recipe out of the paper years ago, and it became an instant favorite. I used it so much that the recipe started to self-destruct, so a had to take a picture to archive it- see below.
The recipe graduated to the birthday dinner for my grandson. I made this meal for my daughter and son in law when they brought our first grandson home from the hospital almost two years ago. He was born a week before Labor Day Weekend. That remarkable occasion needed fun and delicious summer meal, and the grilled chicken and watermelon salad recipe fit the bill perfectly. We repeated the dinner for his first birthday on our family vacation last year. If we cannot be together for my grandson’s second birthday, we will have a Zoom or Facetime dinner.
Family gatherings and meal traditions are important, but they can be currently difficult because of the pandemic. The Mayo Clinic has these tips if you decide to plan a family gathering:
- Allow for social distancing between people from different households and skip the hugs and handshakes. Plan activities that don’t require close contact, such as sidewalk chalk for kids and games like Frisbee. And offer hand sanitizer.
- Keep your gathering small, maintaining social distance from others. Plan activities that don’t require close contact. You may even choose to have everyone bring their own food and drinks to enjoy the togetherness with less chance of virus spread. Wear a mask when not eating or drinking.
If you are starting to have small family and friend gatherings this summer, keep this grilled chicken recipe under consideration. It is one of our family favorites, and I hope it can be yours too. Above all, plan safely and get together with people you care about with yummy food.
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