Summer Roasted Corn & Edamame Salad with Old Bay Lemon Vinaigrette!

old bayA little tribute to my baby brother who was just home visiting and with all my private dinners this summer he’s been my go to guy for some different recipe ideas to match up with my menus. This is one he tossed out and told me to make it my own so here it is! Totally a summer salad, probably one of the best ever!! It has a touch of the Eastern Shore. If you’re a Maryland girl like me or live in the Mid Atlantic area you’ll know what I mean as soon as you as you check on the ingredients list.

Loaded with fresh summer veggies, corn, peppers, tomatoes, etc. This will be an easy go to side for your cook outs, picnics, and special events through the rest of summer and going into fall!!!

Ingredients:

  • 4 ears of corn-shucked
  • 1 bag of edamame- hulled/shelled
  • 3 cloves of fresh garlic-peeled and chopped finely
  • 10-15 cherry tomatoes- quartered
  • 3 small sweet peppers- chopped

Dressing:

  • 3/4 C Olive Oil
  • 1 Lemon juiced
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Old Bay Seasoning
  • Fresh Ground Pepper

Directions: Pour all ingredients into a Mason jar and shake well!

Directions for the salad:

  1. Preheat grill- set medium to high heat
  2. In a baking pan, drizzle oil to keep veggies from sticking. Spread out edamame and chopped garlic. Salt and pepper well and place on the grill. Keep stirring to avoid burning, but you may like the char on your veggies for added taste! About 10 minutes
  3. Lay corn on the grill as well and allow corn to char or blacken in parts. Don’t let the whole cob burn just a little roasting. About 8-10 minutes. Make sure to turn on all sides.
  4. Once the corn is done, let it cool and remove corn from the cob. Easiest way is to stick the cob in a bowl and then run a knife down it to cut off the cob. It will catch in the bowl.
  5. Add garlic, edamame, tomatoes, peppers. Top with dressing and mix well. Serve warm or refrigerate to chill!

 

 

 

Get Your Garden On!! National Gardening Month

g seedsApril in National Gardening Month and already the month has flown by and I haven’t gotten too much gardening done! I’m planning on hitting it hard this weekend!! I do have some garlic and onions growing from last year and kale and lettuce have been in for a few weeks, but summer is right around the corner and I’m itching to get in all the fabulous summer veggies!

Weather in the Mid-Atlantic has been a little chaotic this month. 80 degrees the first 2 days of the month and then we wake up to a snow-covered ground the next day. Freezing temps at night and sunny 60 degree skies, and just yesterday was 84 and humid today we wake up to 50 with a chilly rain. Crazy temperatures like this make it a little hectic for gardening and can shock summer plants so be careful for the next few weeks, till it really starts to warm up.

Anyone starting a garden this year? Can even be just flowers! Remember you don’t need a huge space to grow a few things. You’ll be surprised what you can grow in a pot. Try herbs just to start off, or grab a large pot and grow your own tomato plants. Think you have a black thumb?? Try sunflowers they are so easy to grow and will always brighten your day. The biggest obstacle is keeping them away from the squirrels and the birds!!

Here’s to gardening and National Gardening Month! May yours be plentiful this year and bring you good health and some inner peace. (Here’s a little shot of Bearded Irises from Provence, France!!)