Friday, July 6, 2012

Feasting at the Farm Stand: My favorite Summer Salad

While the holiday week winds down, I wanted to send you my summer stand-by antipasto platter. I love to do them and while the tomatoes are starting to come in, this dish defines the flavor of high July to me. I can happily report, it was completely devoured.

I use whatever looks beautiful at the farm stand, but always the first layers are tomatoes, cucumbers and mozzarella. This time I added chopped olives, red onion, capers and pimento. For the asparagus:  drop them in boiling water for a minute, and quickly plunge them into ice water and pat dry. Lastly I tucked in some quartered artichoke hearts and then for garnish, a generous amount of coarsely chopped basil and avocado are ready for a swim in your favorite dressing.  It is better if it marinates for a while in the fridge before serving.
I hope you are all surviving the heat! 
Thank you for all your good wishes 
to my ancient parents! They are hanging on! 
What's your summer stand-by? 
More Later!
Thank You also to Mrs. Pimpy of Pimp my Bricks


  1. We're in the depths of wonderful Winter here, so my mind won't go anywhere near Summer foods. Naughty, unruly things, these mindses. Winter standby is anything cooked in a slow cooker and eaten by a fast fire.

    All warm things to The Ancient Parents and their generous daughter.

    And I see I have a new nickname now!


  2. Liz I love to do variations of salads like yours! Yum!

    Art by Karena

  3. That looks amazing! My stand by is tomato slices with mozarella cheese, lemon basil and chopped garlic - all drizzled with olive oil - yours gives me the urge to keep adding - love the idea of the asparagus and artichokes along with crunchy cukes!
    My ancient parent is moving into our home next week as she waits for her Senior apartment to open up. (Oh MY!)

  4. Oh too funny Liz - you and I were yet again on the same page!! Yours looks simply delicious and I love your beautiful transferware platter!!

  5. I can testify it was delicious as it was served as my house! CBJ

  6. This looks so delicious! A savory salad!!! Will definitely try this as I need some new items in my kitchen repretoire!

    Here's to a cooler week.
    xoxo Elizabeth

  7. Liz-
    So happy to learn that your parents are doing well.
    THis salad looks a mazing. I will have to try this pronto!
    Hope that the temperature is headed down for all of us.
    Happy Monday.

  8. Looks so yummy Liz!
    Happy to hear your parents are doing better! Xx, lynn

  9. Looks and sounds delicious Liz...and so does that 'yummy' platter! Our summer stand-by is a smoked salmon salad with asparagus, grape tomatoes, scallions, parlsey, and goat cheese in a lemon dressing...I could eat it everyday.

    I'm sorry to hear your parents haven't been doing well...glad that they're doing okay though,
    sending good wishes to them and you.
    xo J~


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