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taste of summer

May 20, 2012

The warm sunshine promotes plant growth like nothing else, except maybe miracle gro.  Consequently, we’ve got an abundant supply of basil.  And since the plants are self-seeding, lots of new sprouts popping up all the time.

Might as well enjoy it while it’s here. 

First, a fresh picnic-friendly salad made from corn, garbanzo beans, orzo pasta, chopped fresh basil leaves and tossed with lemon juice and olive oil.

  • 1 can rinsed and drained garbanzo beans
  • 2 or 3 ears of corn, uncooked, cut from the cob
  • one half pound orzo pasta (cooked and drained)
  • big handful chopped fresh basil leaves
  • salt & pepper
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • olive oil (one part lemon juice to two parts oil)

Since corn is in season, seems I’m adding it to just about everything.  It’s sweet and delicious.

Add the salad ingredients into a mixing bowl, shake up the lemon juice and olive oil in a little jar, then pour over the salad and combine.  Perfectly delicious at room temperature.

Next up, classic pesto with seasonal cherub tomatoes.

Grocery stores carry a great selection of affordable whole wheat pasta.  I selected gemelli just because I like the shape. 

Looks like we’re picnic ready 🙂

Enjoy your week and thank you for dropping in!!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. May 20, 2012 5:35 pm

    That fresh corn looks absolutely beautiful and your picnic perfect salad sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing the wonderful recipe

  2. May 20, 2012 6:12 pm

    Oh, Diane, what a SCRUMPTIOUS post!

    I just this minute finished eating my dinner, but after looking at your awesome photos….I suddenly feel hungry again!

    As you know, I adore basil. It’s probably one of my favorite herbs to use in food. That salad recipe sounds perfect for summer. And it’s easy, which for me (a non-cooker) I NEED easy.

    Pesto is also another one of my favorite tastes, so that second salad looks equally as yummy.

    That’s one of the things I enjoy about summertime – eating light – like, salads, fruits, and vegetables.

    Thanks for sharing your taste of summer, girl. Very much enjoyed!

    Have a great rest of your Sunday!

    X to you and Cristybella!

    P.S. don’t you just love the combination of white and yellow corn on the cob?

  3. May 21, 2012 11:23 am

    yum and double yum. I’m pinning both of these little lovelies. Seems like all we eat are salads and these two give me something fresh and different to add to the repertoire. 😀
    Thanks for sharing.

  4. May 21, 2012 4:01 pm

    OHmygosh…the first looks absolutely yummy and I soooooooooooooo wanna try it! Only problem is it’s got pasta–which is made with wheat and I can’t have it.
    I wonder how it’d fair with rice.
    Or quiona pasta maybe.


    But the milk and honey corn on the cob looks awesome!!

    <– will wait a few months for ours to show up

    Picnic!! That's what we need!!!

  5. May 21, 2012 9:44 pm

    Yum, Diane! Fresh basil makes everything taste great, and both of those look like really great dishes. Thanks!

  6. June 2, 2012 4:50 pm

    I’m ready to come picnic at your place!

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