Everyday Mom's Meals: How Does Your Garden Grow?

Sunday, June 10, 2018

How Does Your Garden Grow?

One of the things some people look forward to the most this time of year is planting their summer time garden. If you're one of them, my hat is off to you!

It's not that we don't want one, our backyard just isn't very conducive for growing, and after trying to no avail more years than I care to remember, we've given up. But thankfully we are surrounded by many farmers markets and road side stands; and even have some friends with really big thumbs, so we still enjoy fresh garden veggies all summer long!

I can eat tomatoes like apples. Bring them in, wash them off, a little salt and bite! Cucumbers picked on a warm day always taste better than anything you can buy in the produce aisle.

With all of these beautiful summer veggies, salads are sure to be on the menu. On one of those nights that it is still sweltering at supper time, but you're starving, a light, crisp, cool salad can really hit the spot.

My inspiration for this one was the traditional cucumber and tomato salad we've all eaten a hundred times. But this time I added a little Greek flare. Why? Because the teenager loves feta cheese, and asked me to come up with a reason for him to eat it. No joke. This entire recipe came to be because of the boy's love of cheese.

This would be perfect with anything you've got coming off the grill, and really nice for a cookout or picnic outdoors since there is no "creamy" factor. Plus, the leftovers can be a great lunch the next day. Just ask Mr. E. That's exactly what he did!

If you are a master summer gardener, I am impressed! It really is an art, and the rest of us are so lucky there are so many out there who are willing to share with those of us who aren't as skilled!

Greek Garden Salad
3 large cucumbers peeled and sliced thin
3 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 (6 oz.) jar pitted kalamata olives, drained
1/4 c. feta cheese crumbles
1/3 c. Greek salad dressing
Salt and Pepper to taste
Dried Parsley, for garnish

In a large bowl combine cucumbers, tomatoes and olives. Season with salt and pepper. Mix gently. Pour dressing over and mix again. Sprinkle with feta and parsley. Chill for an hour before serving. 

Shared at Weekend Potluck

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