Simple summer salad

August 15, 2015

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Sometimes, the most simple summer salad is the most delicious dish in the world.

That was the case the other day, when I got a whole heap of fresh green beans in our weekly organic box, along with more delicious tomatoes.

The best of summer goodness. And there’s plenty of THAT in our box each week.

green beans tomato

You can see how beautiful and ready these fresh vegetables were in the photo above, can’t you? Can you see the sweetness in the tomatoes?

No fancy recipe that day. I just steamed up the beans until they were tender, cut the sweet tomatoes and dressed it with balsamic, olive oil and herbs.

And then we ate, with a crusty baguette.

I know, you expected something more fanciful.

Nope. Sometimes, just fresh vegetables are perfect, just as they are.  They didn’t even need the dressing, actually.

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34 comments on “Simple summer salad
  1. We live in the Garden State so I look forward all year to summer fruit and when Jersey corn and tomatoes are in season. The flavor with them, without any cooking at all, is delicious!

  2. Estelle says:

    Your recipes and photo always make my mouth water, Carol!!

  3. Carol, I bet those tomatoes taste like tomatoes, too! I miss that. Brenda

  4. Susan Cooper says:

    Yeah baby, this is my kind of salad. I may have replicate ti and post it on my site with credit to you. YUM! 🙂

  5. Rachee says:

    I love this recipe. It is simple enough for me to make and light for a lazy summer evening. I want to try this this week.

  6. This sounds so good! I love being able to spruce up my salads.mthanks!

  7. Our tomatoes have been quite colorless, tasteless this summer, so your photo made me drool. Sounds like a wonderful service to subscribe to.

  8. Ruth Curran says:

    Fresh veggies are the best and you are right, often stand alone without any dressing — just a pinch of salt! I looked into a farm fresh company that delivered weekly in the past and think it is time to look again!

  9. Fresh summer produce and a light touch of balsamic vinegar and olive oil is absolutely the best!

  10. Kara says:

    This sounds delicious and I have an abundance of these veggies in my garden right now. Yum!

  11. Quin B says:

    This looks so good! I’m hungry! LOL!

  12. Kimberly says:

    Looks delicious! I’ll have to make it this weekend 🙂

  13. Lily Nguyen says:

    Yummy! I can have a bowl of that right about now. I love how it is so simple. I completely agree with you that fresh vegetables do not need much added to them.

  14. Theresa Wiza says:

    Fresh tomatoes have always been a favorite of mine, but I can get them only in the summer months. I never thought of combining them with beans for a summer salad. What kinds of herbs did you use?

  15. Alicia says:

    Mmm this looks delicious! Sometimes the simplest salads really are the best!

  16. Meg Root says:

    Simple perfection. The green beans have been wonderful in my neck of the woods too. Fun combo!

  17. I love salads especially during the summer, so I am delighted that you shared this healthy and delectable recipe with us at the Plant-based Potluck Party. I’m pinning and sharing.

  18. I get their boxes too. I love them. It’s exciting to see what’s in it! Your salad looks yummy!

  19. Well shoot that looks delightful! I need to add that to my salad rotation. Today’s is basil, black olives, cherry tomatoes and mozzarella pearls with a bit of olive oil and herbs. Yum.

  20. Diane says:

    There is simply nothing like fresh vegetables! Nothing.
    Hmmm . . . I wonder what the delivery costs would be to Canada! 🙂

  21. We love beans in almost everything! I remember when I grew up I didn’t like them, because whoever was cooking them made them quite mushy. Now they’re one of my favs… thanks for the reminder!

  22. I love tomatoes on its own. I love green beans too. But I’ve just not tred the two of them together. I hope to try it out soon.
    Thanks for sharing Carol.
    Linked behind you at Bloggers-pit-stop

  23. Barbara says:

    This time of year, especially in the Garden State, is a delicious delight every day. We are amidst farms and vineyards and the veggies are so abundant! I love this time of year, it is so healthy! You’re right to keep it simple.

  24. Nancy Hill says:

    This is the epitome of the good life. I’ve been feasting on heirloom tomatoes we grew from seed purchased through Native Seed Search. Ah, REAL tomato taste.

  25. Ooh, that looks yummy. Nothing better than fresh vegetables – except maybe that crusty baguette.

  26. Alana says:

    Sometimes, the simplest recipes are the best. I love green beans, but I will have to wait till August for the local tomatoes. Can’t wait!

  27. AJ Sefton says:

    Fabulous! It’s true that often the simple things are the best!

  28. I love the sound of a box of organic vegies every week. How good is that! Your salad looks simple and perfect.
    Bloggers Pit Stop – we love your posts

  29. I love cooking (or not cooking) with our CSA box in the summer. Sure do miss it in the off months!

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