Thursday, August 2, 2012

Serving Up Summer.....

I took a bite out of summer tonight and it was in the shape of this delicious vegetable salad. The recipe comes from one of my favorite cooking blogs The Spice Garden.   Susan has no fear in the kitchen and makes a myriad of amazing dishes. Here is the recipe.

3 ears of fresh corn
1 1/2 lb. fresh green beans, washed and tipped
3 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
1/4 c. olive oil
3 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 yellow tomato, sliced into 1/2 inch chunks
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
Kosher salt
Making the Salad:
  1. Bring a big pot of water to a boil and cook the corn for about 7 minutes. Remove the corn and drop it into a  big bowl of ice water.
  2. Drop the prepped green beans into the same boiling water and cook for about 7 minutes – until tender crisp. Drop the beans into the ice water to stop the cooking.
  3. Cut the corn kernels from the corncobs and run the knife down the cobs to bring out the sweet juices. Place the corn and juices in a salad bowl.
  4. Drain the beans and let them dry on some paper towels. Slice in half on the diagonal and add to the corn.
  5. Smash the garlic cloves and add them to the beans and corn.
  6. Toss 3 tbsp. of the olive oil into the mix and set the bowl aside to let the garlic spread its essence.
  7. Prepare the onions and tomatoes.
  8. Just before serving, toss the red wine vinegar, tomatoes, and onions into the salad.
  9. Sprinkle on kosher salt and drizzle the rest of the olive oil.
  10. Serve with a nice crusty bread and red wine.
I did make a few additions.  I used half a pound of butter beans along with the green beans, a sliced orange pepper and added two medium read potatoes. I really liked the creaminess of the potato along with the crispness of the other vegetables.  Visit Susan's blog, you will love her recipes.  Thank you Susan,  the salad was a huge hit. 


  1. So fresh, so delicious! I'll bet it tasted just wonderful! I love the way you always seem to be able to add a twist to an already delicious dish!

  2. Oh wowsers. That looks DELISH. I've got to copy that one. Thanks for sharing! Susan

  3. Looks like the perfect summer side dish... and absolutely beautiful too! Can't wait to give it a try. Thanks!

  4. That dish almost looks too good to eat! A rainbow of sunny day colours.

  5. That looks like a tasty, healthy meal! Love the addition of a glass of red wine too:@)

  6. What a delicious looking and sounding recipe.
    Perfect for using that fresh summer produce.. right out of the gardens.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Going over now to check out the blog that you mentioned.

    Smiles :)

  7. That looks awesome! So colourful and fresh!

  8. That looks delicious! So beautiful with all those colors.

  9. That is definitely summer on a plate, it looks wonderful. My kind of food.

  10. It looks yummy and I can just imagine all of the yummy tastes in one bite.

  11. Hermosa y refrescante ensalada luce increĆ­ble,hugs,hugs.

  12. A wonderful, delicious, lite meal for a hot, humid summer's evening such as this. Thank you for sharing, Julie.

  13. Look delicious!! love he colors!
    Come on I have a little giveaway in my blog :)

  14. Now that is my kind of summer salad! thanks so much for your thoughtful comments on my blog....

  15. So yummy! I like veggie salad and I train my kids to eat veggie
    salad. I will make this recipe for my family.

  16. This is summer in a salad---don't you wish we could eat this way all year?

  17. I am soooo glad that you loved this as much as we did! And I love your additions! It's so cool to see how everyone puts their own stamp on recipes! Cooking is just such a creative act ...

  18. ooooh this looks so colourful and yummy!


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