Summer Salads!

These two salads I made for dinner one night over the summer & my boyfriend & I ended up having seconds & possibly thirds! We are so fortunate to be living in an area that likes to keep it local with fresh, seasonal produce, wines, beers and flowers throughout the year! Out here in the summer, it seems like there is a farm stand on every corner road and the produce is not only gorgeous, but so cheap! It's so easy to eat right when there is a plethora of fruits & veggies just right outside your door!

On this particular day, I bought some tomatoes, scallions, cilantro, green peppers, lime & zucchini from one of our local farm stands. I went home & decided to make a grilled zucchini, pepper & bean salad, as well as a grilled scallion & tomato scallion with teriyaki soba noodles because who doesn't love some carbs?

So for the bean salad, you will need:

I Ea Can of Kidney Beans, Rinsed & Drained

1 Ea Can of Cannellini Beans, Rinsed & Drained

1 Ea Green Pepper, Grilled & Small Diced

1 Ea Zucchini, Grilled & Small Diced

Beans are such a healthy choice when trying to up your protein intake. In one cup of cannelloni beans, there are about 14g of protein & combines with the 8g of protein in a cup of kidney beans, you're looking at over 20g of protein in this flavorful salad!

Before grilling the pepper & zucchini, I drizzled just a bit of EVOO on them & sprinkle some sea salt & cracked black pepper. Once they were cooled, I small diced them & tossed them with the remaining ingredients. So simple, so healthy & so yummy!

Next came the grilled scallion & tomato salad. There is something about the charred, smokey flavor you get from grilling that I just love. So for this salad, you will need:

1 Bu Scallions, Grilled & Sliced Thin on a Bias

2 Ea Beefsteak Tomatoes, Medium Dice

1 Ea Lime, Zested & Juiced

1/2 Bu Cilantro, Rough Chopped

S & P t.t.

For this salad, I drizzled the scallions very lightly with EVOO, grilled them & then sliced them. I mixed them with the other ingredients and seasoned to taste. For me, the cilantro made this salad. Cilantro just screams summer to me & can make any dish taste that much better! This salad was so refreshing & went perfectly with the rest of the meal!


Soba Noodles:

The soba noodles are the easiest thing to make out of this whole dish! Soba noodles, we have talked about in my orange scented soba noodle stir fry, but for a quick recap, you should do the following: Cook the noodles in boiling, salted water for 5-6 minutes. I also add a little splash of sesame oil to the water for some extra flavor. Once they are strained, dress them in teriyaki sauce & enjoy your meal!