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Fried Green Tomato Salad with Grilled Onions and Corn

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Fried Green Tomato Salad with Grilled Onions and Corn

We’ve enjoyed so many different great recipes this summer, I haven’t done a very good job of keeping it up when it comes to sharing them with you.  What’s my excuse?  Well.  I’d say pull up a chair and allow me to share the photos of what we’ve been doing while enjoying the season to its fullest, but I’m out of wine and what fun is it to enjoy a slide show and chat without a beverage?

If you could have a sit with me out on the patio,  you might convince me the late afternoon air is not nearly as hot as what most have to deal with — or remind me it’s most likely the humidity which is rarely as high as it’s been, especially at this time of year.  And as we watch the color of the sunset turn the palms across the street a soft, glowing gold, we could plug in the party lights, light the votive candles in the jars on the table, and if you feel the slightest bit chilly, light the log I have in the chiminea, waiting for just this occasion.

We’d have to eat, of course, because good conversation flows more easily with food — as long as it’s good food.  Our food is always good.  Like this recipe for Fried Green Tomato Salad with Grilled Onions and Corn.  I’ve never fried green tomatoes before, so when I saw them at the market thought it was about time.  When I was growing up, my mother talked about eating fried green tomatoes — how her mother had made them.  But we never had a vegetable garden, and I can imagine that if we did, picking tomatoes before they were ripe just might be some kind of a breach of garden etiquette.

If you’re still sweltering in the extended summer heat or humidity, then perhaps you’re like us — wanting to take in a lighter meal.  One that won’t leave you wishing you hadn’t eaten all that food, but more a feeling of having had something tasty and satisfying.

Let’s say this salad has some bite, shall we?  Oh, and because I made this more like I would for our family dinner —  I wasn’t exact with many of the ingredients (just like my mother when she made dinner).  Practice your estimation skills and you’ll be just fine.

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Southwestern BBQ Chicken Salad

Returning our son to San Francisco for another year of school marks an unofficial end of summer for us.  Twelve weeks of his being at home included road trips filled with yummy eats, movie nights, drives through fast food joints, and food we haven’t had in the house in a while.  Tortilla chips, anyone?  One of us managed to keep weight gain under control, and the other?  Well, he looked at me on the long drive home and said, “Salads for a week starting tomorrow.” I didn’t bother to remind him we’ve enjoyed hearty salads all summer long — salads that are a meal — and that gaining back half of the weight he worked so hard to lose the first five months of this year was more about office food grazing, snacking in general, and the second portion he enjoys whenever something tasty is on the menu.  Around here, that’s pretty much every day.

The official end of summer isn’t for another month, so that more than allows me an excuse to share some of the salads we’ve had recently.  Like this Southwestern BBQ Chicken Salad we had mid-July.  When the boys were much younger, we liked to go to TGI Fridays once in a while and I loved their southwest chicken salad.  I don’t remember the exact ingredients, but no matter.  How hard is it to figure out what qualifies as “southwest?”

I marinated a couple of boneless, skinless chicken breasts with some of my husband’s left over barbeque sauce (I need to share that recipe!) and allowed them to sit in the fridge all day.  At dinner time, I sent him outside to put them on the grill while I chopped the veggies.  The salad dressing in this recipe is a riff on a buttermilk dressing I made with yogurt instead to keep that tang I like so much.

It’s a quick and easy meal with a salad dressing that won’t bust your calorie counting for the day.

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