Thursday, June 30, 2011

summer is for sunflowers and salads

this is part 3 in my "summer is for salads" series.  if you'd like some other easy recipes for salads check here and here.

I have this bed in the very front of our yard, up near the mailbox.  I like to plant all sorts of wild flowers and low maintenance plants up there.  This summer we have been experiencing a major drought, so I have tried to be responsible in my watering.  Our rain barrel is dry so to the tap I must go.  We are mainly only watering food giving plants.  Sadly, my front bed has not made the cut.  Imagine my surprise when this beautiful sunflower popped up, all on its very own!

Is there a sight happier than a mammoth sunflower?  Every day since it has bloomed, the kids and I like to go visit it.  See how its doing as it reigns over our yard and keeps watch on the road.

If you haven't tired of me blabbering on about salads yet, I'd like to share with you another easy salad recipe that stores great and gets better over time.  This is a pasta salad (served here with spinach, watermelon and cheese toast).

Pasta Salad

1 lb whole wheat penne pasta (or a GF version)
1/2 C olive oil
1/3 C brown rice vinegar
1 tsp honey
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 t brown mustard
2 C halved grape tomatoes
2 C cucumbers (or add 1 C cukes and 1 C squash- whatever summer veg you have on hand)

Mix the dressing with a fork until the oil is mixed in well.  Pour over cooled pasta and veggies.

I plan on having all three of these salads ready to go for all of our family coming in this weekend.
How about you?  Any quick salads you can recommend?


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amanda {the habit of being} said...

that looks and sounds great! and i love that i have grape tomatoes and cucs coming out of the garden at a frightening rate - this will certainly help. thanks for the great idea for a healthful and easy to prepare dinner!