A few months ago I wrote a post on gardening. So, I don’t know how your garden is doing but, HOLY ZUCCHINI! I have so many veggies it’s outta control! I sort of forget that planting one tiny little plant is going to mean SO many tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, etc. and all at once. I love it but I’m daily scratching my brain for yummy ways to serve them. This is particularly true for the shorter, pickier citizens of my home, bless ’em. But to be fair, though I adore cucumbers, I’m always a little more enthusiastic to eat one when there is something delish to dip it in. If you’re saying “amen, sister” then these recipes are probably for you. They definitely increase veggie consumption in my abode.
Today we’re making 3 of my crowd favorites: Fresh Tomato Basil Dressing, Garlic Lemon Hummus, and Creamy Cilantro Lime Dip. Yum, yum and yum. I don’t know how to type that noise that you make when you lick your lips really loud, but I wish I did because I’d be typing it right now. Okay, here we go…
#1 – Fresh Tomato Basil Dressing
This might be my favorite salad dressing of all time. I could pour it in a bowl and eat it with a spoon. If I did then it would not only be my favorite dressing, it would be my favorite soup too! Perfect! Actually the thing that makes it so perfect as a salad dressing is that you are really eating a vegetable on top of a vegetable.
Here’s the line up…
- 1 fresh tomato (a really ripe tom makes all the difference here)
- 2 T. olive oil
- 2 T. red wine vinegar
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 1 T. onion
- 1 T. fresh basil (or so)
- 1 clove garlic
- Blend and serve on salad. How easy is that? It’s best if made at least a day in advance, but still good day of. Oh, I also generally double it because it’s tasty and keeps for at least a week refrigerated. When I do double it, I don’t double the oil and it’s still great!
You may already have a favorite hummus recipe and if you do, that’s wonderful. However, I was talking with a friend the other day that had never made it and loves it. She needs this recipe and maybe you do too. It’s expensive(ish) to buy already made hummus and since it’s so easy to make, then why not? Now, this is a very basic recipe but use it as a jump off point and throw in whatever sounds yummy.
(For the delicious recipe…CLICK HERE)
And last but not least…
If you live in the west you may have had something like this before at Costa Vida or Cafe Rio. If not, now is your chance to try it.
Get out your ingredients!
For the delicious recipe…CLICK HERE!
So there you have it. Three delicious ways to enjoy your veggies and get the kids coming back for more too!
Don’t you just want to lick them off the screen? Don’t. It doesn’t work. Just go to your kitchen and within 15 minutes you’ll have your very own!