Easy Garden Fresh Lunch!

I have to admit, when I find something amazingly easy and super tasty, especially with seasonal garden fresh ingredients, I made it quite a few times in a short span of time.  This is my new favorite weekend lunch for two.

For the drinks, it was just ice water with a little crushed apple mint and lemon juice.  I sauteed the abundant summer squash with a little garlic and vegetable broth.  A perfect summer salad…peeled and sliced cucumbers, diced tomatoes, lemon juice, salt & pepper.  Lastly, the super tasty sandwiches:  mozzarella & cheddar cheeses with fresh tomato and basil, all grilled in whole wheat bread.

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Pretty Edible Flower Salad

Tonight’s dinner includes the prettiest salad ever with colorful greens and edible flowers, all from our garden!

I used a variety of mixed greens from our garden, including beet leaves.  For a little extra spice and color, I added a bunch of edible flowers: chive flowers, flowers from my lettuce plants, and marigold petals.  I topped it off with a little salt, pepper, rice vinegar, and extra virgin olive oil.


Garden Fresh Herb Salad

We had one of our best salads ever tonight.  I gathered some fresh ingredients from our garden.  I had a red bell pepper, a few tomatoes, some mixed greens lettuce, and I also got some fresh parsley and a couple varieties of mint.  I chopped the herbs up very fine, and tossed them with all of the other ingredients.  I sprinkled with a little rice vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper, and crumbled aged cheddar cheese.  I think the addition of the herbs gave the salad a little extra pop that really made it very tasty!  We had this with a few Italian sausages grilled on the barbecue for an amazing dinner.


Wok Cooked Salmon & Salad

I have posted this recipe before for my favorite way to cook salmon, but I did something a little different last night with the salad.  It really made the whole thing so much better.  Instead of just tossing the lettuce with some dressing, I warmed it first in a dry wok, and then drizzled with a little rice wine vinegar, olive oil, and freshly ground salt & pepper.  So simple, and yet it tasted amazing!


Easy Garden Fresh Salad to Go for Lunch

We have tons of lettuce growing in our garden lately, so I found a creative way to send my husband to work with salads each day.  He complained in the past that his lettuce got soggy by lunch time when I packed everything in a tupperware container.  I put the salad dressing in the bottom of a large mason jar, and layered in garbanzo beans, chopped tomatoes, avocado, sliced carrots, tuna, and a variety of mixed greens at the very top.  When he’s ready to eat lunch, he just shakes it up!  I made a few jars to last through the week, and they stayed fresh all through the week!tumblr_lz7msiiUth1qh2ttzo1_1280