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High Vibrations with The Barefoot Bohemian || Chapter 2

The Perfect Summer Mezze

This 5 minute Mezze is plant based and the perfect platter for your next summer gathering-
If you're not familiar with mezze, it is basically a bunch of small plates for sharing, often like an appetizer portion.  It's the perfect (and easy) way to create a fun platter for 2-20!
Designed for grazing, long visits, laughter and loved ones, this communal shared platter will please your girlfriends for that next wine Wednesday, goddess gathering or just a Friday night in.  You really can mix and match any items you wish.  For this one, I chose a few of my faves that are easy to source and so yummy.  
sliced cucumbers
cherry tomatoes
hummus
baba ganoush
dolmas
falafel
marinated artichokes
and... olives
You can never have enough olives.  Put a little pita and crackers on the side and you have the perfect mezze!  
The best thing about it is you can source everything from the store.  I love making things from scratch, but it is not always realistic.  I have included a super easy homemade hummus recipe.  Other than that, no cooking, no prep.  Just source, style, serve and enjoy!
5 minute home made hummus
1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed 
1 clove garlic 
1⁄4 cup olive oil, plus more for serving 
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 
2 tablespoons tahini 
1 teaspoon ground cumin 
kosher salt 
1/4 teaspoon paprika
 
Directions:
 
In a food processor, puree the chickpeas and garlic with the olive oil, lemon juice, tahini, cumin, and ¾ teaspoon salt until smooth and creamy. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons water as necessary to achieve the desired consistency.
 
Transfer to a bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with the paprika before serving.