A Mediterranean diet, rich in fresh fish, extra-virgin olive oil and colorful fruits and vegetables is a great choice for good health and longevity.
Inspired by the idea that healthy dining can be as delicious as it is beneficial, the Bonefish Grill created their new Mediterranean inspired dishes. They were kind enough to share with us some of their wonderful recipes.
Virgin Mediterranean Sauce
Makes about 2 cups
The trick is to pulse rather than blend the sauce in the food processor
, so that it retains some texture. Spoon over your favorite grilled or broiled fish.
- 8 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup fresh carrot, peeled and quartered
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Zest of 3 lemons
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 bunch Italian flat-leaf parsley
- 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
Combine first eight ingredients in a food processor
and pulse until ingredients are chopped to a size of about 1/8 inch. Add parsley and pulse until parsley is chopped to 1/8 inch. Add olive oil and pulse to blend. Allow sauce to marinate for 30 minutes before serving.
Saucy shrimp and scallops
The big surprise is that a dish this flavorful is so easy to cook. Slices of warm, crusty French bread are a must — you'll want to sop up all the glorious juices.
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
- 1 green onion, chopped
- 5 pitted Kalamata olives, halved
- 2 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes, julienned
- 3 ounces small shrimp
- 3 ounces bay scallops
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/4 cup clam broth
- 3 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
- 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
- 4 slices crusty French bread
Heat butter in a sautÃ© pan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and green onions and sautÃ© until fragrant. Add olives and sun-dried tomatoes, and cook for 30 seconds. Add shrimp and scallops and season with salt and pepper. Cook until seafood is just firm; do not overcook. Add lemon juice, clam juice and feta cheese. Bring to a simmer. Pour into heating serving dishes and sprinkle with chopped parsley. Serve immediately with crusty French bread on the side.
Strawberry basil lemonade
Makes 1 drink
Colorful and refreshing, this cocktail is the perfect way to celebrate the approach of warmer weather. The surprise of fresh basil leaves offers a delicious Mediterranean twist.
- 1 1/2 ounces Stoli Ohranj vodka
- 2 fresh basil leaves
- 2 ounces lemonade
- 2 whole fresh strawberries
- 1 ounce Sprite
In the bottom of highball glass
, muddle together vodka, basil, lemonade and one of the strawberries. Fill the glass with ice and top with a splash of Sprite. Garnish with the remaining strawberry. At Bonefish Grill, lively community tables teem with shared plates of inspired appetizers, mood martinis, signature cocktails and an evolving wine list that regularly features 40 wines by the glass. Featuring sleek, hardwood floors, commissioned art, eclectic music and knowledgeable service, the dining room is an oasis within which to enjoy a sensational meal. For more information and sample menus, visit www.bonefishgrill.com.