I can’t get over all of the fresh local vegetables popping up everywhere. Some of my favorites include: summer squash, cucumbers and tomatoes. While I prefer to eat most of these right off the vine, there are numerous simple recipes that feature summer’s harvest. Here are a few that I enjoy…
1. Sautéed yellow squash with onions
It’s as easy as this- Heat some olive oil in a large skillet. Sauté one onion, cut into strips, until translucent. Cut squash into rings and add to onions. Keep on heat, stirring occasionally until squash is cooked. Finish it with a sprinkle of sea salt and cracked black pepper.
2. Cucumber and onion salad
This is one of my family’s favorites. My mom whips it up in a big bowl and continually adds cucumbers to the vinegar base throughout the week. I don’t have her exact recipe on hand, but this one is similar.
3. Tomato, mozzarella and basil salad and/or sandwich
This classic salad incorporates garden tomatoes and that fresh basil growing in your herb garden. I know it’s not unique, but it is so good you just can’t go wrong. Want to mix it up? Make a “grilled cheese” by placing tomatoes, mozzarella and basil on two pieces of whole grain bread, drizzling with balsamic vinegar and toasting it.