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End of Summer Salad

This one’s a quickie … both a quick post and  a quick salad to make (it will disappear just as quickly). I was trying to think of a poetic analogy for this salad, a winsome bit of prose for you, and here is the best that I came up with:

This end of summer salad is like the last slow song at a high school dance. It’s your last chance to be in this moment, a culmination of everything you knew was already there, just waiting for you to step off the wall, set down your punch and complete the scene. A last crescendo of summer on a plate before the fantasy ends.


 End of Summer Salad

2 medium zucchini (courgettes), juliened

2 C fresh corn kernels

1 C concord grapes

2 C cherry tomatoes, halved

3 or four sundried/ovendried tomatoes, rehydrated in some warm water and juliened

a large handful of mixed fresh basil and parsley, torn or chopped.

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and toss with a drizzle of olive oil and the juice of half a lemon. Add coarse salt and pepper to taste.


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