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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Random Food Fridays - End of Summer Salad

Due to my recuperation and pouring rain, I hadn't shopped the garden for a few weeks. I gathered the last of the red tomatoes. Some of them had split because of the rain, but had not spoiled yet. I also had a final Japanese cucumber. I should continue to have jalapenos and basil for a while.

I decided to make a mild salsa/salad for my lunch. This is a combo of garden foods and pantry foods. Variable as can be. The only thing that was missing that I would have liked is some avocado sliced on top.

End of Summer Salad
1 cucumber, peeled and quartered lengthwise and sliced
1 jalapeno, finely chopped
1/4 cup chopped red onion
big handfull of chopped parsley
big handfull of ribboned basil
2 cups roughly chopped tomatoes
2 cups steamed sweet corn (frozen is OK)
1 can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
3/4 cup balsamic vinaigrette (or your favorite vinaigrette)
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Toss it all together and enjoy. Improves if allowed to marinate an hour or more.

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