All at once is how it goes. The garden is all star fantastic and just won't quit. I find myself picking 4-6 cucumbers and the same in squash every morning. The tomatoes plant are a freaking jungle and there are so so so many tomatoes, all just about to ripen. The kale is doing it's thing, growing big and green and I pick a few handfuls a day. And then there are all the beets and carrots and cabbage,chard, and kidney beans. It's big, and prolific and amazing. I am much proud of myself for growing a shit load of awesomeness.
And then there is the farm share. I get all my garden stuff times 10. Tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, kale. Not to mention the corn, onion, carrots, and herbs and all the flowers. The food keeps on coming. I live in a house, with a big kitchen, with lots of counter and a full sized fridge, yet I still don't have a place for it all. The squash overflow has now made it's way to the dinning room. But I am not complaining.
The new rule that I have instated in the house. Every meal must contain at least two tomatoes, a cucumber, and some kale. Want a snack, grab a zucchini. You thirsty? well eat a cucumber. No joke. I get a little stressed out about how much food is around that needs to be eaten or canned, but that is good stress. I am on the lookout for a chest freezer to help with the stress. I promised myself that I would have one by now so I need to get on that asap.
Summer harvest. This is the time of year that I gain a few pounds. It's a zucchini tomato belly for sure.
And this salad. I am a huge fan of the B.A.S (big ass salad). A big ass bowl of all the goodness from farm and garden plus some lentil protein and a little good avocado fat. Fresh and clean and delicious. Makes you feel all good when you eat it. So go for it. Eat yourself a B.A.S. you wont regret it.
The stuff. Cucumbers (that is a white cucumber and it's really tasty) tomatoes, some kale, parsley, and cilantro. Also need some onion, cooked lentils, and at least half an avocado. Salt. pepper, and red wine vinegar for the finish.
Kale. parsley, and cilantro get a good rough chop and then tossed into a big ass bowl.
Cucumber, onion, and tomatoes get their turn next and chopped into mouth sized pieces. Into the bowl as well.
Top it all with cooked lentil, some avocado, and a glug glug of vinegar. Season with salt and pepper.
Toss it all around.
Now all you need is a fork.
All the summertime in a bowl. Here's to summer bellies!
Summer Bounty with Lentils Salad
- 2 cucumbers
- 2 small or 1 large tomato
- 1/2 of an onion
- 1 cup cooked lentil
- 1/2 an avocado
- 3-4 large kale leaves
- handful fresh cilantro
- handful fresh parsley
- red wine vinegar
- salt and pepper
First off, grab a really big bowl. Take herbs and kale and chop into small pieces. Place in bowl. Next dice up you onion, tomato, and cucumbers into mouth sized pieces and toss those into bowl. Dump the cooked lentils on top of that and dice the avocado (I used half but you can use whole one) into little pieces and through that on too. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper and a glug (about a table spoon or two) of vinegar.
Now mix until all combines. Taste and if needed, add more salt, pepper, and/or vinegar.
Now its done. Grab a fork and eat to your face.