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Janel's Vegetarian Kitchen

 
by Janel Ovrut, MS, RD, LDN

 
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If I had to choose the two vegetables that represent summer the most, they’d be corn and tomatoes. Of course they taste divine on their own, with tomatoes eaten right off the vine or corn eaten off the cob, but together they made a really tasty summer salad too.

I started off by cutting the corn off of two cobs. Next I halved about 20 grape tomatoes and cut 10 fresh basil leaves into small ribbons.

I purchased a pretty basil plant from Trader Joe's for only $3 and it is satisfying my need to have a windowsill garden, despite having absolutely no green thumb. Since the plant was already in full bloom when I bought it, I figure I have at least a few weeks with it before I somehow kill it, like I do with all plants.

I cooked the corn, tomatoes and basil in a pan with a little bit of olive oil for about 10 minutes. Once everything was piping hot, I added in soy mozzarella: about four servings cut into small cubes. The cheese melted into the mix making this a hot, gooey and flavorful summer salad.

Tomatoes and corn make a great pair, and tomato, mozzarella and basil salads are popular, so with all combined it was a hit. Without the melted cheese, it’d be a great cold summer salad, and could even be mixed into a pasta or rice dish.

The possibilities are endless, and fortunately we have a few more months with these summer staple veggies to try them out!

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Janel Ovrut, MS RD LDN is a Registered Dietitian who follows a vegetarian diet. She promotes no-nonsense, plant-based cooking so that eating is both healthful and enjoyable. Janel has a master’s degree in nutrition communication from Tufts University in Boston. You can read many more of her blog posts at dinedishdelish.blogspot.com.




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