Beach Bash: Summer Salad

7 Jun

My family is lucky enough to have a vacation destination we’ve been visiting every summer since I was three months old (my father’s family has been going since 1955).  I’ve lived on both the East and West coasts and have spent time on many American beaches.  Our tiny town in Michigan remains my favorite sandy spot.  It’s literally the only waterfront location I’ve ever been where you can park yourself on your towel for the day, look to your left, then look to your right, and see absolutely no one else.  Heaven.

Accommodations growing up were “rustic.”  No television ever, and no phone when I was very young.  I remember having a shower installed when I was nine, which was a BIG deal (no more shampooing in Lake Michigan!).  The sun sets very late there during the summer, usually around 10PM, so we’d often have a late afternoon snack on the beach, then a late dinner on our porch facing the water, watching the spectacular sunset.  Good eating.

Remember when people used to tan?  Afternoon snacking, 1981

So here’s a Summer Salad recipe you can make ahead, pack up for a picnic (beach or otherwise), and enjoy now that the weather is warm and wonderful.

SUMMER SALAD (serves 4)
4oz. cooked asparagus spears
4oz. cooked green beans
4oz. artichoke hearts, sliced
2 tomatoes, sliced
1/2 cucumber, diced
3T olive oil
1t red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
Fresh basil, chopped

Cut asparagus spears and green beans in half.  Mix oil, vinegar, salt and pepper into bowl.  Add the vegetables and toss lightly.  Sprinkle with chopped basil.

Tony, age 6, working up an appetite

This recipe is also fitting because asparagus is at its best right now in Michigan.  We make a point to have it every summer, along with corn-on-the-cob and cherries.  When I was young, we’d also have a special treat ONLY allowed on vacation, Hawaiian Punch and my personal favorite, s’mores.  So sophisticated.  Mangia!

One Response to “Beach Bash: Summer Salad”

  1. Gia June 8, 2012 at 11:42 AM #

    WOW! Check out Papa’s short shorts……or better yet don’t check ’em out.

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