How We Eat in the Summer
Originally I was going to write a post about how I eat in the summer. The plate above is a prime example--a bit of beet and goat cheese spread, some garlic scape pistachio pesto hummus, and a yellow squash version of zucchini pancakes. All are made ahead of time, and combined with some quick pickled vegetables, olives, cheese, meat and crackers.
Then I got to thinking--this will be a pretty boring post if it's just my favorite sampler plates [above is potluck tabbouleh, grilled green beans, hummus and mini naan bread with salami, feta, olives and the first sun gold cherry tomatoes from our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm share]. Since my goal is to be a resource for folks eating from the farm share, the farmer's market and generous gardens, I figured I should offer a wider array of options. So I asked a few food blogger friends to share their favorite summer dish, and I've got them for you below. Such a colorful array of food! [links appear below the collage, left to right, top to bottom]
Spiralized Zucchini with Pesto Tomatoes and Corn by Laura of Mother Would Know
Tomato Salad with Thyme and Honey by Donna of Cookistry
Lemon Asparagus Pasta Salad with Cucumber and Feta by Jenn of Peas and Crayons
Kale Pesto by Gwinn of Swirls of Flavor
Grilled Zucchini Tacos with Mexican Street Corn Salsa by Taylor of Greens n Chocolate
Paleo Shrimp Scampi by Lindsay of The Lean Green Bean
White Acre Pea and Corn Salad by Robin of Simply Southern Baking
Korean BBQ Zoodle Stir Fry Bowl by Margaret of The Plant Strong Vegan
Grilled Green Vegetable Salad by Kelly of Tasting Page
Vegan Summer Pizza with Sweet Corn, Tomatoes and Basil by Karen of Kitchen Treaty
Low Carb Smoked Turkey 'Sandwiches' by Tracey of The Kitchen Is My Playground
Healthy No Bake Cheesecake Cups by Arman of The Big Man's World
Peach Caprese Salad by Joy of The Joyful Foodie
Fruit Salad with Tomato by Dorothy of Shockingly Delicious
Salmon and Heirloom Tomato Farro Bowl by Meredith of In Sock Monkey Slippers
Rainbow Sherbet by Rachel of Baked by Rachel
Vermont Meets New Jersey Ultimate Cobb Salad by Brianne of Cupcakes and Kale Chips
Egg Potato Green Bean Salad by Tara of Noshing with the Nolands
Time of the Tomato by Meghan of Clean Eats Fast Feets
Savory Sweet Summer Rolls by Kristina of SpaBettie
Creamy Corn Penne with Basil and Cherry Tomatoes by Izzy of She Likes Food
Creamy Sweet and Spicy Corn Salad by Christine of Cook the Story
Coconut Cream Fruit Dip by Amber of Dessert Now Dinner Later
Cherry, Grilled Corn and Quinoa Salad by Liz of Floating Kitchen
Grilled Stuffed Zucchini with Shrimp by Taylor of Food Faith Fitness
Thai Green Curry with Summer Vegetables by Laura of The Spiced Life
Broccoli Salad by Michele of Flavor Mosaic
I was delighted to notice that the majority of dishes are vegetable-centric. Eating food when it's picked at the point of ripeness and especially if it's been grown close by means that you're eating food with as much flavor as possible. And that's always a Good Thing.
I have to admit, though, that your first corn on the cob after you get your braces off is one of THE BEST summer dishes. Ever! Just ask my girlie.
There ya have it--a round up of summer dishes that us food bloggers crave. What do you crave?
For even more recipe ideas, please check out my Visual Recipe Index by Ingredient. It's arranged from Acorn Squash Recipes to Zucchini Recipes and many types of fruits and vegetables in between.
Wondering where my Friday Night Pizza Night recipe is? Check out the Visual Pizza Recipe Index for inspiration since I'll be grilling up something good for my honey tonight.
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