Tomato and Watermelon Salad

Tomato and Watermelon Salad - Missalaneyus

This simple, 5-ingredient dish works best with peak season produce, so you should probably make it soon. Here, tomatoes and watermelon are plated together with a faint sprinkle of salt and pepper. Then, they’re topped with feta and a drizzle of arugula oil, which sounds fancy, but comes together in minutes.

Tomato and Watermelon Salad - Missalaneyus

Personally, I think this colorful salad would be perfect for a late summer dinner with your best girl friends. You could start with prosciutto and melon as an appetizer and then, for the main event, serve this salad with grilled chicken. I’d finish this light meal with chocolate bark and strawberries. Sounds perfect, right?

Or, you can always just eat this with your preschooler like I did and wait for them to declare they don’t want to eat the “green parts.” Either way, it’s still really good.

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At the Market: Tomatoes

The combination of peaches and tomatoes has been rattling around in my head for a while. I’ve seen it a number of places, and it struck me as unusual and interesting. Now that we’ve hit tomato season, I decided to give it a try in a quick salad.

The result is wonderful and to me, really personifies great summer cooking. In season fruits and veggies are highlighted by using nothing more than a healthy dose of salt and pepper and a zip of a light vinaigrette. No fancy techniques or ingredients required.

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

Every year since moving into our house, I plant new flowers and vegetables the first weekend in May. In Kansas, this happens to be a pretty safe weekend to plant. So weather permitting, you can picture me squatting on swollen feet digging around in my flower beds.

While I will spend some time adding new annuals, I’ll be working mostly in my vegetable garden. A few years ago, my husband built me a raised bed at the back of our yard, and I look forward to working in it every year. Because I am a bit of a planner, I spend a lot of time developing new strategies for what I will plant. These have been met with varying degrees of success. The first time I had a garden I was so successful that it looked like a crazy jungle. Since then, it’s been a little lackluster. Mostly, I’ve ended up with scorched weeds and a few vegetables.

While it can be a little discouraging, every spring I am hopeful and excited to put together my new “plan.” I’ve started drawing a diagram each time to keep me on track at the nursery. I can get pretty distracted in there. Although I do I try to stick to my plan, I’m not afraid to swap out planned items for vegetables that look exciting.  This is what I’ll bring me with to the nursery this year.

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