We’ve had beautiful weather here over the past few days, so of course, we are grilling and dining alfresco.  This was also the first week of school and I wanted to prepare an easy, tasty dinner so that our family could spend as much time as possible lingering at the table sharing about their day.  It took just a few minutes to come up with my menu due to a stocked pantry and fridge ~ grilled chicken tostadas, sauteed black beans, grilled onion & tomato salsa and fresh fruit.
I set the table with fun colorful place mats (I found them at the Dollar Store and all 4 were just $1.00!), a combination of white and striped napkins, a few candles and a little bit of greenery from the yard. It was welcoming and happy.
Lastly, I lit the torches to keep away the “spoilers”, made the salsa, grated cheese, shredded some lettuce and got a few other extras ready.  A menu that packed a little heat and spice, with fresh summer flavors thrown in along with great conversation and lot’s of laughter…it was a glorious end to the day.

Grilled Chicken Tostadas

A little heat and spice, with fresh summer flavors thrown in, these grilled chicken tostadas are a dish made for hot summer nights.
Prep Time2 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time2 hrs 50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Author: Donya | asouthernsoul.com


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • juice of 1 lemon or 2 limes
  • 1 large onion - cut into thick slices


  • Place chicken in a zip lock bag.
  • Mix next 4 ingredients together in a small measuring cup.
  • Pour over chicken making sure pieces are totally covered in marinade.
  • Add onion to bag.
  • Let marinate in fridge for 2 to 4 hours.
  • 30 minutes before cooking, remove chicken to kitchen counter.
  • Heat grill to medium high. Oil grates with vegetable oil.
  • Cook chicken until done and slightly charred. Remove from grill and let rest for 10 minutes.
  • Slice chicken, across the grain and place on warm tortillas. Add shredded cheese, lettuce, sour cream and salsa if desired.

Grilled Onion & Tomato Salsa

A light and flavorful salsa.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Extras
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4
Author: Donya | asouthernsoul.com


  • 1 onion marinated and grilled
  • 1 medium tomato , seeded and chopped
  • 1/4 cup pickled jalapeños - chopped
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • pinch of salt


  • Roughly chop grilled onions.
  • In a small bowl, add all ingredients and gently mix.
  • Serve on tostadas, tacos or with chips.

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