Everyday Mom's Meals: Garden Inspired

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Garden Inspired

This recipe was totally inspired by the fresh bounty of a summer garden. Unfortunately it just wasn't our garden! Our garden is fine, and has already yielded some beautiful green onions, but is a little behind in the other vegetable department. We have lots of blossoms and some beautiful green tomatoes that will be ripe in no time, but for now we just have to wait. However, our aunt and uncle's garden is producing like nothing I've ever seen! We're talking zucchini the size of Bam Bam's club, tomatoes as big as softballs and cucumbers big enough to feed a small family! Luckily since I'm at their house once a week, we've had the chance to share in this bountiful blessing until our own is ready. They've been so generous refilling my crisper drawer each week! And when someone is so kind to share such gorgeous produce with me, you know I'm not going to turn it down or let it go to waste. So when I was looking for a simple side dish to go with Goulash on a Friday night when I wasn't feeling the best, I knew these free veggies would be perfect in a marinated vegetable salad. One of the best treats in summer is eating things fresh from the garden. We bring them in, we rinse them off and we serve them up. But until our garden is ready for that, we're so lucky to have loved ones share with us!

Marinated Vegetable Salad
2 medium yellow tomatoes
1 medium cucumber, peeled
2 medium red tomatoes
1/4 c. red onion, chopped
1/4 c. olive oil
3 TBS red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/4 tsp. dried oregano
1 garlic clove, grated or minced
Salt and Pepper to taste
Parsley for garnish

Chop tomatoes and cucumber in large chunks. In a large bowl combine tomatoes, cucumber and red onion. In a small bowl whisk oil, vinegar, garlic, basil and oregano together until well combined. Pour over vegetables and mix well. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with parsley. Chill well.

Shared at Lady Behind The Curtain Aug. 1, 2012
Shared on Miz Helen's Country Cottage Aug. 2, 2012 
Shared on The Country Cook Aug. 3, 2012
Salad at Very Good Recipes
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kitchen essence said...

that souns really fresh and vibrant, cant wait to try it!

Peggy G. said...

That salad looks beautiful! We just picked a bunch of peppers and tomatoes from our own garden - might have to incorporate some of them into something like this =)