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Fork + Cork: Summer Dinner Party Menu

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Last month I shared with you my story of experiencing ALDI for the first time, and since then I’ve gone back a number times to grab my grocery needs. The most recent being a for an impromptu Friday night dinner party with friends. I mean, isn’t that what summer is all about? Everything is better outside: laughing, catching up and noshing on good food… it’s the perfect way to pass time. 

Sweet + Spicy Shrimp | The JetSet Family

For those who missed my last piece, ALDI is the new kid in So Cal and they are on a mission. A mission to make it possible for families to enjoy the benefits of affordable high-quality, organic, fresh produce, and natural top choice proteins and dairy with their meals. And I’m happy to report, they are doing just that. 

Summer Dinner Party Menu

I had a few recipes in mind and was specifically on a hunt for seasonal ingredients to make a few no-fuss, yet flavorful dishes for my guests and I did just that. Making a true one-stop shop experience, in addition to all of the ingredients I would need for the dishes, ALDI has a great selection of beers and wines available at their stores which saves me time.

Appetizer: Sweet + Spicy Grilled Shrimp
Main Dish: Seared Salmon over a bed of diced seasonal veggies
Dessert: Sweet Pineapple with Vanilla Ginger Syrup
Wine Pairing: Earth’s Harvest Chardonnay

Seared Salmon with Summer Vegetables | The JetSet Family

ALDI Ingredients

A Sweet + Savory Happy Ending

And then there is dessert. Over the years I’ve discovered that the desserts I love the most are the ones that make fresh fruit the star of the dish. Making even the smallest twists on the classics can go a long way. One of my most favorite dishes to serve is this Sweet Pineapple soaked in Vanilla-Ginger Syrup. I was instantly hooked on the first bite. It’s so easy to make and appeals to everyone regardless if they have a sweet tooth or not!

Pineapples with Vanilla Ginger Syrup

Summer Pineapple with Vanilla Ginger Syrup
Serves 4
The perfect "happy ending" for any summer dinner party, sweet pineapple drizzled with vanilla-ginger syrup is my favorite dessert.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
213 calories
51 g
7 g
2 g
2 g
1 g
298 g
18 g
43 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 213
Calories from Fat 19
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g
Saturated Fat 1g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 7mg
Sodium 18mg
Total Carbohydrates 51g
Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 43g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. Fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
  2. Vanilla Bean
  3. 1/4 cup of honey
  4. 1/2 cup of water
  5. 1 pineapple
  6. Mint leaves
  7. Specially Selected Super Premium Vanilla Ice Cream
  1. Add the ginger, scraped vanilla seeds, honey, and water to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes or until the mixture is thickened. Let cool.
  2. Cut the pineapple in small cubes and pour into a small bowl with the syrup.
  3. Cover and refrigerate.
  4. When you are ready to serve, scoop some in a bowl, add a scoop of Specially Selected Super Premium Vanilla Ice Cream and garnish with mint.
  1. This dish can be made and kept refrigerated for up to 2 days making it low-fuss and delicious!
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Oh, and did you know?

ALDI has…

  • SimplyNature® includes USDA Certified organic and Non-GMO verified products
  • A huge selection of liveGfree® gluten-free products
  • USDA Choice meats
  • NeverAny! products that are free from added antibiotics, hormones and animal by-products.

So no matter what your family or guests’ dietary needs are, ALDI has you covered when planning the perfect outdoor summer dinner party. 

As you can imagine, our dinner was a complete success! Let’s face it, with high quality products and great prices, you really can’t beat ALDI. So the next time you are in a mad dash to cater your next get together, let ALDI help! There are 26 stores across Southern California and you can find the closest one by using this store locator

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Written by Nicole Standley

Nicole Standley

Founder + Creative Officer, Nicole Standley, shares her favorite trends in travel, food + wine, fashion, health, and fun on The JetSet Family and is a long time travel + lifestyle contributor for CBS Los Angeles, Huffington Post, and Hilton Hotels. She is a brand ambassador for Netflix and O, The Oprah Magazine, and has been named Top Family Travel Blogger by Trip Advisor and Red Tricycle. Follow her on Instagram at: nicoleDstandley

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  • Ashley June 20, 2016

    Loooooove seafood, so I’m all about the salmon and shrimp!

  • Ellen Christian June 20, 2016

    This all looks so delicious! I love that it is free from added antibiotics, hormones and animal by-products.

  • Tammilee Tips June 20, 2016

    I love this summer menu! I know we are always getting together with friends for dinner in the summer time, we love to be outside in the nice weather.

  • Jacqui Odell June 20, 2016

    The food looks amazing! I love shrimp, so you had me once I saw that picture.

  • Rosey June 21, 2016

    That is a great looking lot of food right there! And you’re right, that ending was the perfect dessert. I’m going to check Aldi’s out. It’s been awhile since I’ve visited!