Too Hot to Cook
When July heat hits, it’s hard to think about cooking! I just love fresh herbs! It’s so easy to grow them, and summer recipes make it really fun to use them in various combinations.
I always have four pots of herbs going on my deck. Typically, it’s rosemary, thyme, mint, and cilantro. All make great additions to whatever you’re cooking––or not cooking––this time of year. My friends and I love guacamole, and the fresh cilantro kicks that up a notch. I use rosemary with grape oil and balsamic for fresh vinaigrettes, and then there’s the basil…
I love fresh basil. It makes a great addition to pasta or tomato salads. One of my favorite summer salads is a simple Caprese skewer with a grape tomato, a basil leaf, and a fresh mozzarella ball drizzled with a good balsamic vinegar. A definite favorite at any event. YUM!
I also love to serve fruit in different ways. Here’s another one of my favorite summer salads that utilizes three of my four favorite herbs:
Watermelon and Herb Fiesta
- 1 small or 1/2 large chilled seedless watermelon, cubed
- 1/2 cup chopped basil
- 1/2 cup chopped mint
- 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
- Juice and zest of one lime
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar (try a citrus flavor for added zest)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 small red onion, chopped
- Salt and pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients together; chill and serve! How easy is that? It’s delicious, fresh, and COOL!
Enjoy all the flavors the season has to offer.