Not as exciting as Hump Day or TGIFriday, but what self-respecting blog can go without a theme day? And, what self-respecting blog that is sort of about a garden can go without a few recipes?
At my office, on the last working day of every month, we have a Sprint Review. For all of my non-geek friends, this is when our brilliant Development Team shows off all of the new technology they have created for us lowly Sales and Marketing minions to sell and market. Tomorrow's review is over a pizza lunch where we are also saying goodbye to one of our employees who is moving on. Hey, we are busy so we multitask.
What the hell does this have to do with Recipe Thursday you ask? I'll tell ya. Living with a retired chef who has no concept of "low calorie, low fat and small portions" has seen the size of my ass grow a bit. This coupled with the fact that when I broke my toe last Fall, I screwed up my knee overcompensating while walking and can only do yoga without aggravating it, has added a little to the thigh area. I need to drop a few pounds and pizza isn't on the diet, so I made a nice little GrowDammit side salad to go with my fake lunchmeat sandwich tomorrow.
I took orange cherry and yellow pear tomatoes and halved them. I also took a purple heirloom mini bell pepper and diced it (green bell pepper works as well). I mixed these together with a little hit of Kosher salt and cracked black pepper. For the dressing, I cut up a mix of different basil leaves and muddled them into a little less than a tablespoon of mayo (Duke's of course). I folded that into the tomato/pepper mix and that was all she wrote.
I know what you are thinking. Mayo? For a diet? Here's the deal. You really don't need a lot of mayo for this b/c once it hits the juice of the tomatoes it really thins out and coats everything. This is actually a nice salad to make for a bbq side in place of a potato or pasta salad which are usually full of mayo or oil. It's a lot prettier if you use red tomatoes and green/purple bells for the color pop.
Next...We have tomatillo pouches! Now all we need are some damned poblanos to show up.