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10 simple summer side dishes under $10

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Tastes of Summer

Summer is a beautiful time for entertaining, but in the current recession, we’re all trying to save a few pennies any way we can. This doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice delicious treats for our guests, though. Behold 10 of our favorite summer side recipes – all for under $10!

Tastes of Summer

Garbanzo and Avocado Salad

Kimberly at offers this fabulous salad (look how gorgeous it is!) that costs about $2 a serving – and is super-healthy.


  • 1 can garbanzo beans, drained
  • 1 small Roma tomato, diced
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 small red onion, diced
  • 1 large avocado, chopped
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • small handful of cilantro, finely chopped (optional)


  • juice of 2 medium oranges
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • couple pinches of cayenne pepper
  • a very generous amount of ground black pepper


  1. Dressing: Whisk all dressing ingredients together until completely blended. Combine the beans and veggies in a medium bowl and toss together with the dressing.
  2. Garnish with extra black pepper if you like, serve over plenty of fresh greens or by itself -- and enjoy.

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