It’s the end of summer and my garden’s literally exploding with vegetables. This is a good and a bad thing. I can make lots of salads like this summer squash tomato bowl but my garden looks more like a jungle. All of my enthusiasm in the planting stage yielded 10 giant Early Girl tomato plants. They grew like crazy , then folded on top of one another blocking the sunshine on the squash which is why (I think) they’re both green and yellow. I planted three kinds of basil (just for fun!) and the giant one, thai basil, has so many bees I can’t get to it. But, back to the salad. My garden gave me everything and it’s a spectacular gift from Mother nature. I’ll never complain again.
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Think of grilled tomato white bean salad as the summer version of a hearty bowl of bean and veggie soup. Beans and vegetables are two things I can’t live without, so I had an idea to turn them into a satisfying warm weather dish. My garden is a battleground for the tomatoes between the squirrel’s and me, so I grabbed the ripe ones, and gave them a good char on the grill. That and white beans, fresh basil, Parmesan shavings and a balsamic reduction and I’m in heaven until it’s time to make soup again.
Gazpacho with spicy shrimp is one of those recipes you’ll be glad to pull out when it’s too hot to cook. There are thousands of recipes for this Spanish raw vegetable soup, but the bottom line is it’s a chopped salad in a bowl. As a home cook, you can pick and choose your vegetables from whatever’s in the fridge or your garden. If the ingredients are fresh, you can’t go wrong. Adding spicy poached shrimp keeps it light and healthy with a little punch of protein to make it a substantial meal.
If there were ever an all-purpose multi-tasking vegetable recipe, slow roasted grape tomatoes would be it. Available year round, not too pricey and oh so good, all you have to do is heat the oven on low, toss with a few ingredients you probably already have and forget about it. The secret is to let the tomatoes shine through and you will be rewarded with little pillows of savory caramelized goodness.