End of summer bounty…

End of summer bounty... Now is the time when we realize all those ridiculously fresh and delicious veggies we have been savoring these past few months will come to an end and we'll have to make do with what has been frozen. With the exception of fresh peas and asparagus, which are only in-season for a few short days at the beginning of the season, I think the end-of-summer fresh vegetables are just THE best...tomatoes, corn, yellow beans...sigh... With that in mind, here is one of my favorite summertime salad recipes which makes wonderful use of the late summer bounty. You'll need: black or red beans (rinsed), fresh corn, flat-leaf parsley (or cilantro if you like it, like me!), fresh grape (or cherry) tomatoes, a jar or two of hearts of palm, red onion, limes (along with their zest), good olive oil, ground cumin and coriander, and s&p. And, I am sorry that I don't use measurements on this one! I just season and add ingredients to taste. First step, drain and rinse your hearts of palm & beans, and wash your veggies, including your herbs. Then, either roast your corn (on the cob on the grill), or cut it from the ear and sauté (in as little oil as you can) on your stove top. DSCN1395 DSCN1235DSCN1236 DSCN1396 Once you have gotten some color on those kernels, you want to remove them from the heat and let them cool. And, season 'em up (salt and pepper). In a big bowl, halve your grape (or cherry) tomatoes, and toss together with your beans (and season to taste). DSCN1378 Next, add in a good healthy amount of lime zest, a small splash of good olive oil, and some freshly squeezed lime juice. DSCN1383DSCN1385 Chop your drained hearts of palm into good bite-sized chunks, and along with a bit of chopped red onion, toss in with your tomatoes and beans along with some of your parsley (or cilantro). Add in your grilled corn and lightly toss. DSCN1397 DSCN1398 Next, add in a bit of ground cumin and coriander, an extra splash of olive oil if you need it, season to taste and stir together. You are done. DSCN1399 Please do not chill this before serving. Putting fresh lovely delicious tomatoes in a fridge kills their flavor. Promise me you won't do this. Pretty please? Serve along with a grilled chicken or fish and enjoy! xoxo, M.
Posted on September 2, 2013
Posted by Meghan

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