I loooveeee summer's great produce offerings and can't get enough of the fresh tomatoes and basil growing right in our backyard this time of year (ok fine, my tomatoes aren't ripe just yet so this isn't my tomato- it will be though- give me another week or two) and jump at all chances to use this combo on pizzas, sandwiches, salads and appetizers.
Perfect light summer dinner.
Finally had to put up a full coverage bird net over the garden thanks to huge greedy crows who demolished my strawberries all spring.
The net's only been up for 4 days and this handful I collected yesterday is more than the total of what I've gotten out of the garden all year... Consider yourself officially cut off birdies.
Speaking of great seasonal produce, this Southwest salad has been my go to lunch to take to work.
Spring mixed greens, fresh corn, black beans,
mini heirloom tomatoes (Trader Joe's- cutest things ever),
avocado, and a few crushed up tortilla chips
(occasional modifications: chunks of BBQ rotisserie chicken; pickled jalapenos)
If I was feeling creative, I'd make some kind of cool dressing, like a cilantro or chipotle something or another- but this week I've just stuck with good old Ranch.
This salad is amazing.