I have something to tell you. I have not cooked in a kitchen that I would call my own since February. I'll spare you the details, but it has been total chaos and "normal" is hardly a word my family understands right now. This definitely contributed to "my funk," but we are moving into our new HOME this weekend. I could not be more relieved.
I can't wait to sleep in my own bed and decorate and cook a meal and plant a garden and have a BBQ and just get back to normal. Or create a new normal. Change is the only constant.
I created this salad for some awesome family members of mine who deserve good food in their bellies. It's super adaptable (do I ever tell you about a recipe that isn't?) so feel free to improvise, but I'll tell you the greens are what makes this salad. Do not use romaine. We aren't looking for a crunch in the lettuce department here. I went with one of those shells of organic mixed greens (beet, baby kale, etc.) and I bought it at Walmart.
Toss the full shell of greens in a large bowl with a tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil, the juice of half a lemon and a pinch of kosher salt (You do not want to drown the greens- you just want them coated). Layer them on a large serving platter or keep them in the bowl. Quickly saute some sweet corn and peas in a dab of olive oil until they begin to char (you could also grill some fresh corn). Now, using a vegetable peeler, peel 1 zucchini and 1 yellow summer squash vertically to make long ribbons. Layer them on top of the greens. Next, layer on some thinly sliced snow peas, thinly sliced red onion and chopped, toasted almonds. Drizzle with another tablespoon of olive oil, the juice of the other half of the lemon and a little more salt. Add pepper if you like.
*Do proportions matter? Um, sort of. I wouldn't do more of the squash than I recommended here, but the rest is more up to your eye. This is really hard to mess up if you just go with your gut.
Ps... If you're ever in Columbia, MO, go to Main Squeeze for lunch, Mustard Seed Fair Trade & Tallulah's for a little shopping and then to Sparky's Homemade for some ice cream. They will not disappoint.