So we three decided that over the summer #1 would make dinner and dessert on Monday’s and #2 would do the same on Fridays. Whoever cooks has to come up with the menu and grocery list. Bonus for me is that the kid who doesn’t cook has to help me clean. Increasing responsibility? New outlet for creativity? Helping with my least favorite chore? This idea sounds great to me!
Our first meal was a real doozy. #1 chose Fettuccine Alfredo. She managed the pasta and the salad on her own, and helped with the sauce, so I called that one a success. #2 made mac and cheese from the box, which we just don’t need to talk about. At least he made something, set the table and was proud of himself.
This past week G made this awesome salad, based on flavors she liked from learning how to make salsa at last year’s cooking camp. She walked out into the garden, picked what was ripe. added pesto pasta (of course), fresh green beans and grilled steak.
I tweaked it a little for myself by spooning it over arugula and adding grilled prawns and a little Greek feta. I have to say, it really is delicious!
Easy Summer Salad
I am going to write what G did, which wasn’t based on a recipe. I think the best part of her dish is that it is so easy (an eight year old can do it!) and can be tweaked many different ways.
- 4 ears of corn, grilled, roasted or steamed and cut from the cob
- fresh cilantro, minced (about 2 TB)
- fresh mint, minced (about 1 TB)
- fresh basil, minced (about 2 TB)
- 2-3 scallions (green onions), minced
- 1 avocado, small dice
- 1/2 red pepper, small dice
- 1/2 yellow pepper, small dice
- 1/2 small red onion, diced
- 1 garden tomato, small dice, or about 10-12 cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered depending on size.
- 1 TB fresh lime juice
- 1 TB fresh lemon juice
- 1 TB olive oil
- 2 ts honey
- 1/4 ts ground cumin
- 1/8 ts red pepper flakes OR 1 ts minced jalapeno
- 1/4 ts garlic powder or 1/2 small garlic clove, minced
- 1 ts sea salt
- 1/2 ts freshly ground black pepper
- Combine the vegetables and herbs in a large bowl and lightly toss.
- Combine the ingredients for the dressing in a jar or container with a lid and heavily shake to combine.
- Dress the salad lightly. As I told G, you can always add, but you can’t take away, and you really want the summery, sweet flavors of the corn and herbs to stand out.
- Garnish with fresh herb leaves.
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