I am sitting on my deck, enjoying a summer breeze, and the smell of my lavender and other flowers in the garden. Tonight we ate out here, and had what I consider the perfect summer supper. Easy, cool, light, but extremely filling and nutritious. Salad Nicoise, homemade bubbly lemonade, and rhubarb blueberry pie.
salad greens from the garden or farm market, I used about 8 cups for 4 of us
3-4 hard boiled eggs chopped
2-3 potatoes, cooked, peeled, and chopped
1 1/2 - 2 cups cooked fresh green beans, you want them still a touch crisp, not soft
1 cup of your favorite olives
2 cans water packed tuna, rinsed and drained well, optional for our resident vegetarians
What I like to do is put everything out in bowls and let everyone fix their own, like a salad bar.
The dressing is 2 T. country french vinaigrette seasoning from Penzey's mixed with 2 T. water, let sit a few minutes, mix with 1/3 cup each red wine vinegar and olive oil and 1 tsp dijon mustard, you can use any homemade dressing you like best though.
Pile on a platter or individual bowls and pour some dressing over. I like to have the greens, beans, olives and tuna cold, and the rest still slightly warm. Yum.
Homemade Bubbly Lemonade
I have a bit of an obsession with seltzer. When it went on sale one time I bought 31 bottles. 31! Obsession, like I said. So recently we decided to invest in a soda stream machine, which makes liters of seltzer in seconds with just water and a co2 cartridge. We LOVE it and use it daily. So now we are working on mixing seltzer into all sorts of things, tonight lemonade.
Juice into a saucepan:
1 huge orange, or 2 regular
Mix in 1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar, we did about 1/3 cup and it was just right for us.
Heat just till sugar dissolves. Pour over a pitcher with a couple cups of ice, and stir in 2 liters of plain seltzer. So incredibly refreshing!
Later on I will post the pie recipe, with a half whole wheat crust. It was so good! Happy summer!