Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Tomato, Bread & MINT Salad

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This salad is perfect for any Summer BBQ.

Kids & adults like it!

And, as always, it's easy!



It's that time of year again... when the skies clear, the temperatures rise, kids are out of school and we start to gather with friends for Summer holidays, lazy Sundays and middle of the week last minute get-togethers!  I love it!

But in order to do that - you need some good (quickly made) eats.  And that's what I specialize in my friends - cause this mama doesn't have a lot of extra time.  Sound familiar?  You too, huh?  Yes, it's the complaint of Moms everywhere.  We all want to have fun gatherings at our home but let's face it - we're just trying to keep up with LIFE!  Host?  Forget about it.  We Moms have priorities.  Like getting our children clothed and bathed everyday...

But hear this: recipes like the one below make parties more possible!  Really.

It's a tomato, bread and MINT salad.  The Mint flavor really kicks this dish up a notch.  I'd say it's the "surprise" inside.  I love dishes with a surprise!  So are you ready to rally?

Here's What You Need:
4-6 Medium to large tomatoes, cored and cut in small pieces
2 hoagie rolls, cut in cubes
1/2 cup pitted Kalamata olives, sliced
6 tblspns fresh lemon juice
2 tbspns olive oil
4 tbspns thinly cut mint leaves
salt and pepper
fresh shaved parmesan cheese (optional)

Here's What You Do:
In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, olives, lemon juice, oil and mint.  Season with salt and pepper and toss.  Place in fridge.  About 15-20 minutes before serving, toss bread into the mix (if you add the bread to early it gets really soggy).  Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed.  Feeds 8.

When serving, add a little freshly shaved parmesan to pump up the taste if guests desire.  See?  Easy,  colorful, kid friendly and everyone will chow it down - so if you have a large crowd - you may want to double the ingredients.


Just consider this one of your go-to Summer Grill-Out recipes and you're half way to some fun, Summer Parties in your OWN backyard!  














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