I came up with this recipe because I wanted a salad that would showcase the best of summer flavors.
I first taste-tested it on a group of moms and kids at one of our farm play dates. After the salad had made its rounds and gotten thumbs-ups from the moms, a group of toddlers and preschoolers congregated around the bowl and gobbled it down! They may have been more fascinated with the novelty of stabbing the food with toothpicks than being interested in the food itself, but regardless; they polished off the rest of the bowl!!!
The salad next made its appearance at our chiropractor's office (Inspired Chiropractic) when I handed out samples there. One woman's eyes lit up when she tried it and she said, "Mmmm... it tastes like summer." Thus the name of the recipe came about.
Most recently, I passed out samples of this salad at a business meeting. One man asked what the yellow vegetables were and when I answered "yellow tomatoes" he said, "Huh. I don't normally like tomatoes, but I like THOSE!"
"Tastes Like Summer" Salad
2 T. balsamic vinegar
2 T. olive oil
1/2 T. raw local honey
2 roasted garlic cloves, mashed (See how to roast garlic here.)
1/4 tsp salt
Cherry tomatoes, halved
Cucumbers, peeled and cut into 1/2" pieces
Cut up an adequate amount of vegetables to feed your family and drizzle with dressing right before serving. The salad will become very juicy if allowed to sit, so only make what you will eat right away.