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Skip the burgers for an Italy-inspired BBQ this weekend.
Memorial Day BBQs are the official start to summer's outdoor season, and the perfect occasion to take the grill out of its winter hibernation. Even if the weather isn't the greatest (fingers crossed!), it's practically required that as much of the meal as possible is prepared outdoors.
Since I'm going to be in Rome for Memorial Day this year, I've come up with a uniquely Italian twist on the usual American BBQ. Taking full advantage of the grill and packed with enough healthy vegetables to balance out the hearty steak centerpiece, it's a delicious summer meal no matter where it's served.
Burrata and Kale Salsa Verde Bruschetta
The salsa verde for these decadent toasts can be made a day ahead, making assembly a breeze once the grill heats up.
Florence's signature dish doesn't need to be made with that famous Tuscan beef - a good-quality rib-eye marinated in this herb-garlic mixture will do the job perfectly.
Tomato, Avocado, and Escarole Salad
Bitter escarole is a perfect foil for the rich steak in this simple side salad, while tomatoes and Castelvetrano olives add bright acidity. And you can never have too much avocado!
Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches
Ice cream on the grill? It's true! Grilled bread topped with luscious chocolate-hazelnut spread encloses scoops of vanilla ice cream for a perfect ending.