Light, refreshing food. That’s what we want during the summer.
Also, easy to make. And as quick as possible.
I made this vegetable salad using leftovers from the veggies we had over a couple of meals. Added some fresh tomatoes, an avocado and some herbs. Not only did I get to use up stuff from the fridge, the dish took less than 10 minutes to make.
It’s a side dish. But you can add some tofu, cheese or hard-cooked eggs and make it into a main course (or add leftover fish, meat or poultry).
Add crusty bread and it’s a sandwich filling.
Mix it into cooked penne or ziti and it becomes pasta primavera.
Use whatever vegetables you have in proportions suggested. There’s no magic here, no actual recipe that will fail if you don’t have one of the ingredients.
3 cups cooked cut up cauliflower
1 cup cooked, cut up green beans
1 cup cooked cut up yellow squash
3-4 cut up small tomatoes
1 avocado, cut into small chunks
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
2 tablespoons olive oil
2-3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (or use white wine vinegar)
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Place the cauliflower, green beans, yellow squash, tomatoes, avocado, basil and oregano in a bowl and toss the ingredients to distribute them evenly. Pour the olive oil over the vegetables and toss again. Pour 2 tablespoons of the lemon juice over the vegetables and toss again. Taste for seasoning and add more lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste.
Makes 4-6 servings