Succulent summer berries, delicate lettuces, heavenly heriloom tomatoes and poolside mojitos. Maybe not in that order, but sure sounds like summer to this motivational speaker!
Want some great summer produce tricks? In this mini-series of summer eats I’m here to share some of my go-to techniques that let you savor the summer abundance for seasons to come.
Today’s post is all about fresh herbs. Just about all of the delicate herbs are flourishing when the sun is hot; basil, mint, parsley and cilantro to name a few.
- Put handfuls in your salads, wraps, rice and beans, and herb based sauces and dressings.
- Store them in your refrigerator standing up in a glass of water.
- You grow or buy way too much? No problem! Get a cheap vacuum sealer to pack in the herbs, seal airtight and freeze – this will preserve their freshness and color.
- Dry them well, tie the root ends with string and hang upside down from a kitchen cabinet handle until dried, rough chop and store in airtight jar
- You can also make your favorite herb purees by taking a blender or food processor full of herbs and adding a touch of vegetable broth, blending until smooth. Pour in ice cube trays and freeze. Pop out the cubes and store them in a zip lock bag, and toss in an herb cube later when you want to liven up any sauce, dressing or soup!
What? You want a delicious and easy recipe? Sure!!!
Watermelon Salad with Mint
bite sized pieces of watermelon (from a 5 lb. watermelon, about)
1/2 Vidalia onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 Tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
4 oz. feta cheese, crumbled
6 whole mint sprigs
In a large bowl, combine the watermelon, onion and feta. In a small bowl, combine the vinegar and pepper and whisk in the olive oil, a few drops at a time. Add in the chopped mint, taste, and adjust seasonings. Pour dressing over watermelon mixture and toss gently until everything is coated and evenly mixed. Garnish with mint sprigs.
I’ve made this with fresh basil as well. Yumm!!
Remember the basic formula for creating the perfect recipe: 80% quality of ingredients, 10% method, and 10% risk. Trust your herbs and celebrate health, one bite at a time.
From Polly Pitchford, your motivational speaker who’s about to enjoy a fresh cilantro salsa on grilled flank steak!