A simple summer caprese salad made from fresh ingredients – zucchini, tomatoes, pesto, and mozzarella – to share at your next barbecue!
I’m gonna be real with you for a second. I love being in the kitchen (duh Ellie, we already knew that!), but Chicago summers make it real hard. Like reeeeeal hard.
I don’t want to turn on the oven.
And I really just want to sit on my deck, sip a cocktail, and go for a long walk after dinner (usually to my favorite ice cream shop).
Enter: Ellie’s summer dinner menu
(Because who wants to be in the hot kitchen when it is so gorgeous out?!)
Turkey burgers + simple green salad
Pork chops + grilled vegetables
Are you catching on?? Pretty much everything I make in the summer consists of a protein being cooked on the grill and a side of vegetables in some form – grilled, in a salad, raw and dipped in hummus… you get it.
It’s just too damn hot to turn on that oven!
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[/one_half_last]I’ve been spiralizing a lot lately. Do you spiralize? It took me a little while to pull the trigger and actually buy a spiralizer, but I haven’t looked back and highly recommended it. (P.S. This is the one I have and LOVE it!) I picked up some heirloom cherry tomatoes from the farmers market, along with my zucchini and knew I was destined for something good.
Like real good. What’s your favorite summer salad recipe? And are you spiralizing like me?!
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- 2 zucchinis
- 1/2 pint heirloom cherry tomatoes
- 5 ounces fresh mozzarella
- 1/4 cup basil pesto
- Prep your ingredients: Using your spiralizer, create your zucchini noodles. Cut the tomatoes in half. Cube the mozzarella.
- Toss together and enjoy!
That perfect bite.