Summer’s finally arrived, and along with longer days and less responsibility comes a slew of dinner and cocktail parties. This is the season for entertaining; the warmer days boost your social life like no other. If you’re the host, planning food to make for friends and guests can be stressful; there’s pressure to impress your guests while making sure everyone has something to eat.

A caprese is a classic summer dish that everyone is sure to enjoy – after all it is 50% cheese. But if you have friends who are like me and defy the norm by hating raw tomatoes, give this version a try with roasted beets instead. Beets are a pretty underrated food, having a super long shelf life and being packed with vitamins and nutrients.

Along with some of these 9 essential summer party foods and a refreshing cocktail, you’re sure to throw a delicious foodie bash that won’t disappoint. Raise your glasses and embrace the joys of summer eating!

Roasted Beet Caprese

  • Prep Time:10 minutes
  • Cook Time:20 minutes
  • Total Time:30 minutes
  • Servings:4
  • Easy


  • 2 large beets
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
  • 340g mozzarella
  • 2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • Handful fresh basil
  • Black pepper
Photo by Nathalie Kent
  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 475°F

  • Step 2

    Slice beets into rounds and lay on a parchment paper – lined baking sheet

    Photo by Nathalie Kent
  • Step 3

    Drizzle with 2 tbsp olive oil, the dried rosemary and a pinch of sea salt

    Photo by Nathalie Kent
  • Step 4

    Bake for about 20 minutes or until beets are tender and crispy at the edges

    Photo by Nathalie Kent
  • Step 5

    Meanwhile, slice the cheese into rounds and set aside

    Photo by Nathalie Kent
  • Step 6

    Roughly chop the basil and whisk together with the remaining 1 tbsp olive oil, balsamic vinegar, black pepper and salt.

  • Step 7

    To assemble, cut the beet and cheese rounds in half. Layer on a platter and drizzle with the balsamic mixture.