This Greek Salad is my little celebration with the fruits of summer! For tomato lovers, nothing beats this time of year with sun-warmed tomatoes right off the vine. With produce that good, it deserves a place of honor at the table during this short season. Every year, I find myself making entire meals from our tomato harvest – where fresh salads become the main event.
I love making pesto with basil during the summer months when I have an abundance of it, but…during the rest of the year, cilantro pesto holds it’s own at a fraction of the cost! This pesto is dairy free, unlike a traditional pesto. I don’t think it sacrifices anything though, because the avocado and toasted cashews add a delicious creamy depth of flavor.
We’re deep in zucchini season around here, with more than I could possible use up! This gratin makes short work of a few zucchini at a time, not to mention, it’s crispy-cheesy delicious! Zucchini and summer squash are often thought of as boring vegetables, but I think it makes them the perfect vehicle for all kinds of flavor combinations.
This ice cream is based off the Italian gelato, Stracciatella (meaning torn apart), which features chocolate shavings surrounded by a creamy vanilla ice cream. Over the years I’ve gotten lazy about grating chocolate, and I’ve started melting it instead. As a side note, have you ever tried to grate chocolate? – messy, sticky, melting, -nightmare!
Today, I’m guest posting over at Empowered Sustenance with this Creamy Chocolate Coconut Pie. It can be served either chilled or frozen and it’s completely delicious! It’s deep chocolate flavor mixed with the creamy coconut makes it most irresistible when combined with a chewy coconut crust!
Grilling the pineapple caramelizes the edges, making a most delicious salsa! We have tons of cilantro in the garden right now, so we’re eating lots of Mexican inspired dishes. Really fresh cilantro has at least twice as much flavor, so I would encourage you to seek it out from a local farmers market or grow some in your flower beds if you don’t have a garden.