A Perfect Summer Salad


Photo Credit: Two Peas and Their Pod


As depressing as it is to see our days getting shorter and nights getting cooler, it is the time of year when our gardens become full bloom. If your garden looks anything like mine, it might be a little hard to keep up! It’s at this point when I wonder, why the heck did I plant so much?

But, it’s all good!

I mean, who doesn’t want to eat fresh garden vegetables?! Hello!!!

So at this point I start scrambling for ideas before my tomatoes turn to mush.

That’s why I have to share this fabulous food blog, Two Peas and Their Pod. Have you heard of them?

They are a couple from Utah who share a peek into their life in between their delicious index of recipe sharing. I mean, it’s really a cook and baker’s paradise. Everything is so nicely organized, the pictures literally make you salivate and the recipes are really straight forward and easy to follow for the modern day family.

I found the perfect recipe that takes my two main staples from my garden: tomatoes and cucumbers.

I usually grow a variety of tomato vines so this recipe is fitting for that.

Check out the recipe and be sure to visit Two Peas and Their Pod for more ideas and mouthwatering dishes!


This fresh, colorful, and simple summer salad goes great with any meal.

Yield: Serves 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

6 small tomatoes, cut into wedges (I like to use red, yellow, and orange)
1 English cucumber, cut into slices and then halved
1 large avocado, pit removed, peeled, and chopped
3 tablespoons thinly sliced red onion
1/4 cup chopped basil
3 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and black pepper, to taste

Place the tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado, and red onion in a large bowl. Sprinkle salad with fresh basil. Drizzle balsamic vinegar and olive oil over the salad. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve immediately.

There you have it! Doesn’t it sound so fresh and delicious? I mean, certainly it would complement any grilled meat.

Tell us. What’s your favorite summer salad?



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