You will love this recipe made with farm fresh garden fare that is plentiful this time of year and tastes as good as it looks. ~~Katie
My favorite type of cuisine to cook and eat is actually what is known as “California Fresh”, which is known for lots of fruits and vegetables, and prepared very naturally. Think seafood, light pastas, salads, bruschettas, etc, all loaded with in season produce and loads of flavor…
CA Fresh Cuisine takes advantage of in-season produce, making it more economical, in addition to being very healthy. While this is a very different type of cuisine than French cuisine, the using of seasonal produce is common across both. Food is meant to be enjoyed in seasons, one to come after the next, and the best food has a simple journey…it is picked, washed, cooked and eaten. That simple.
A simple bruschetta salad, as shown above, is a perfect way to use summer tomatoes and corn. Every time I make this, I make it in a different way. Add or subtract as you wish.
Diagonally slice rustic or French bread. Cut in on the diagonal, lightly grill or bake. Rub with a small amount of roasted garlic or flavored olive oil once warm. Instead of oil or garlic, you can lightly spread homemade pesto on the bread instead. Whatever your preference; but be sure to do one of the three so the bread is not dry.
Arrange around plate. Top with tomatoes (I like to use a combination of halved cherry tomatoes and diced heirloom varieties), diced red onion, and fresh herbs of choice (I like basil).
Add to the middle of the plate fresh salad greens. Top with corn that has been lightly grilled and cut off the cob, and a few slivers of red onion for color.
Drizzle with a good olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
It’s not fancy or difficult but it looks gorgeous, is very healthy and seasonal. Your taste buds, wallet, and waistline will thank you. Bon Appétit!
Follow my California Fresh Pinterest board for more great summer recipes.