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Summer Time is Salad Time, Salad Time is Summer Time

Any summer meal can use a good salad, and any good salad can be a summer meal. A while back I posted about a favorite farro salad we make for lunch. This summer we have been enjoying tons of fresh produce from our garden, the farmers market, and when in doubt the grocery store. The best thing about a fresh salad is you can use whatever you have.  My go to has been anything with cucumber because our garden has been exploding with them!

Ingredients
2 cucumbers chopped
3 ears of corn removed from the cob (cooked)*
1 cup of cherry tomatoes halved (regular tomatoes would work)
1/4 cup of crumbled feta
6-10 leaves of fresh basil
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

*I cook my corn for this recipe in the microwave. Simply remove the husk, wrap each cob in a damp paper towel and microwave for 2 to 2.5 minutes per ear of corn. I place mine in a bowl of cold water and ice to help cool it down quickly after cooking.

In a medium bowl mix the vegetables, feta and olive oil, season with salt and pepper. This salad leaves little room for excuses, it is quick and tasty! What kind of summer dishes do you enjoy making?

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Our evenings and weekends have been filled with family and friends as well as caring for our gardens. Whenever we moved into our new house in March winter was ending, we had no idea how many beautiful gardens we had until everything thawed and started to grow.

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Growing up outside of the city, I enjoyed gardening with my dad. Whenever we were little we had our own garden plots where we could plant a small vegetable garden. I looked forward to having my own garden one day. This year we have opted to not have a CSA and to grow our own vegetables. Within the upcoming weeks our harvest will be ready!

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We are fortunate that our gardens have so many perennials. It is obvious that the previous owners enjoyed the gardens. Everything is timed perfectly, since the daffodils and lilies started to bloom a day has not passed where we were without flowers blooming.

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I enjoy being able to go outside and pick flowers to have as a centerpiece instead of purchasing flowers at the store. (Who knows where they came from and how much energy it took to ship them!)

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We have also enjoyed the “wildlife” in our yard and gardens. There was a nest of baby robins under our deck, they have since left the nest, it was fun seeing them grow!

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After a long day at work it is relaxing to come home and spend time outside. What are your favorite things to plant?