Summer…in a bowl!

Spoiler Alert: Summer is ending.

Yeah…it’s happening.  I can’t stop it.  You can’t stop it.  We’re helpless people!  It’s time to let go.

Let’s just make a salad.  Like this one.  I know you doubt me.  You say it’s just a salad.  You say a salad is not comfort food.  You don’t think salad will calm you down.  It’s ok, because I’m right (duh).

When you feel like you can’t follow directions, make a salad.  You can put whatever you want in your salad.  Should I start with lettuce, you ask?  Only if you feel like it.  You pick.  You’re in charge.

Tomatoes, naturally.

Corn…just because.  Because  we don’t even need to cook this corn.  That’s right.  We’re fast, easy, and fresh.

If you can, strip your corn right into the bowl you’ll use to serve.  That way you save all the juiciness.

Enter: fat.  Avocado.  Olive oil.  Parmesan cheese.  Feta cheese.  Any cheese.  A fried egg.  Get wild and go nuts…literally.

If you feel fancy, lobster or crab meat or shrimp would be a gorgeous addition.

Let’s drizzle some lemon juice.  And add some chives.  What’s that, you don’t have any chives?  And you don’t want to shell out the $2.69 needed to buy a pack from Whole Foods?  Skip it.  Who needs chives anyway when there’s basil, or cilantro, or arugula, or scallions, or shallots, or red onion…

I’ll show you my recipe, but it’s really just a list of what caught my eye and was cheap enough to make it into the grocery basket.  Or what was still safe to eat in my refrigerator.  That always helps.

I named mine “summer in a bowl.”  What are you going to name yours?

Whatever you do, remember that your salad is beautiful.  And special.  It’s your baby!  Or your work of art.  Slightly less weird.

recipe

[serves a few.]

3 ears of corn

2 [good] tomatoes

3 or so handfuls of arugula

parmesan cheese, grated

a bit less than a whole avocado

cooked crab meat

olive oil, lemon juice, and freshly ground black pepper to serve

Using a knife, strip corn kernels off cob into bowl or on large plate.  Dig deep!  Add chopped/diced/sliced tomatoes, arugula, diced avocado, grated parmesan cheese, crab meat, and toss.  Drizzle generously with lemon juice and olive oil.  Sprinkle with ground pepper, if desired.  Serve immediately and enjoy 🙂

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