We tend to have a lot of impromptu potlucks around our house. I love the stress-free way of pooling together our resources and gathering around the table with friends and yummy treats. I usually like to prepare something fresh from our gardens (our from our frozen reserves if off-season).
In today’s garden, we’ve got a few rows of fresh, sweet watermelon. Sometimes I make a watermelon fruit basket, which tends to look a lot harder than it is to make. For colder months, I tend to make chicken cups, served warm from the oven with mouth-watering spices. But when trying to think of my absolute FAVORITE potluck recipe, there’s one that rises right to the top. It’s actually a new discovery, and the recipe might not sound all that appetizing, but I assure you…it’s a knock-your-socks-off favorite that any veggie lover (like me!) will enjoy.
It’s a Corn Avocado Salad straight from the pages of Southern Living (May 2013), and just writing about it makes me want to whip up another batch. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I do.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 pounds assorted small heirloom cherry or pear tomatoes, halved
- 1 English cucumber, sliced into half moons
- 1 cup thinly sliced radishes
- 1/3 cup Champagne vinegar
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 large shallot, finely chopped
- 2 teaspoons country-style Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 avocados, chopped
- 1 (1-oz.) package fresh basil leaves, torn
- Preheat oven to 450°.
- Toss corn with 1 Tbsp. olive oil, and spread in a single layer in a jelly-roll pan.
- Bake 7 to 8 minutes or until golden brown.
- Cool 10 minutes.
- Combine corn, tomatoes, and next 2 ingredients.
- Whisk together vinegar and next 5 ingredients in a large bowl; add tomato mixture, and toss to coat.
- Gently stir in avocado. Let stand 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Top with basil just before serving.
(Recipe originally published by Vanessa McNeil Roccio, Southern Living, May 2013.)
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Happy reading and gardening, harvesting and gathering, cooking and snacking. I guess what I’m trying to say is…happy everything!