Summer is here in its hottest form. I'm done cooking, even if it's just to make pasta for pasta salad. All I want to eat lately is fresh fruits and veggies (with a side of rosé, obviously). The delicious result? An avocado-tomato salad and a fresh fruit salad inspired by my mother.
If you read my last post about the ingredients I always keep on hand, you know that tomatoes, avocado, and lemon are always on that list. I simply halved an avocado and sliced up one whole tomato for the bulk of this salad. Then, I added leftover mozzarella from the fresh Italian pasta salad last week and picked some leaves off my basil plant. I squeezed lemon juice on top, and added a bit of olive oil and plenty of sea salt and ground pepper. Voila! Filling lunch or light summer dinner.
Trader Joe's sells these GINORMOUS containers of blueberries for only $6.99. They seem bottomless when you live alone—I've been using handfuls and handfuls of them as snacks or in this fruit salad, and there's still so many to feast on.
The only way my mom used to be able to get my sister and me to want to eat big bowls of fruit was to sprinkle some granulated sugar on top. It's always a safe bet to do that, especially when you're working with slightly tart fruits or just have a major sweet tooth (like me). For this delectable salad, I just washed all my berries, sliced up the strawberries and one whole banana, and stirred in a bit of sugar. For the sugar to stick, leave berries slightly wet. For a fun alternative, you could top with turbinado sugar.
What's your favorite summer salad? Let me know in the comments!