Curiosity…


…might kill the cat, but it only creates a (better) cook.

I had this huge bunch of basil left from a recipe I made yesterday and was trying to figure out what I could/should do with it.  Didn’t want tomato-basil salad, pesto wasn’t striking my fancy so decided to walk into my kitchen and see what I could do.  I opened the freezer and scanned what was in there that I could be creative with and also looked around the counter.  And the wheels starting spinning…

I was going to make a unique (?) dressing with fresh basil, fresh lime juice, shallot, pepper, black sea salt (decided that after the first blend) and a bit of olive oil.  Wanted to play with appliances so threw it all in the mini-prep.  That’s all it took.  WOW!

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Then, the ingredients I found — simple, basic, easy and healthy — what other words do I need?  Like I said, I found them ‘sitting’ around — some were in the freezer and some were fresh.  Sort of mentioned this in another post — use what you have!  Corn, tomatoes, edamame, mango, olives.

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Put them in a bowl (some of each — no specific quantities or ratios), toss with the dressing.  Can we say colorful?

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Then I served the salad with some pan seared scallops.  Great balance of flavors all around.  And, a pretty healthy Sunday night meal.  Also, with the rest of my tons of basil, I did make pesto — basil, walnuts, olive oil, S&P — that’s it.  Forgot garlic…

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