WRITTEN BY: DEBBIE MARANVILLE
CO-OWNER OF GOODS FROM THE GARDEN, CATERING & EVENTS
I love combining fresh, seasonal ingredients to create amazing dishes.
Fresh herbs can transform the most basic cooking into something elevated and full of fresh summer flavors.
Elevate your summer cuisine with fresh herbs. During the next couple months, herbs are in abundance at the Prescott Farmer’s Market, local grocery stores and even back yard and kitchen gardens.
Cilantro, basil, parsley, dill, arugula and mint are my favorites and are included in many of the recipes that are created at Goods from the Garden, Catering & Events. Squeeze in the juice of fresh lemons or limes along with extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of salt & pepper and you have yourself an amazing fresh and tender salad or side dish. Also amazing with fresh sweet corn salads.
Imagine after a long day, you come to your carefully picked list of ingredients and create a dish that will be rewarding and delicious. I encourage you to look inside your refrigerator or freezer for your protein of choice, pasta, summer vegetables and herbs tossed together to make a great healthy dish.
If you are looking for a simple summer recipe, might I interest you with a Summer Watermelon Basil Gazpacho. Quick, easy and can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days. Can be served in a bowl or as a “shooter” upon your guests’ arrival.
There is nothing more refreshing than this gazpacho, which comes together very quickly. It is very savory. Great for if you are counting carbs for a healthy choice.
Recipe for Watermelon Basil Gazpacho
1 – 5# Seedless watermelon. Fruit only – discard the rind.
1 medium tomato ( I prefer an heirloom tomato or a ½ cup heirloom cherry tomatoes)
2- tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 fresh limes -Juice of a lime and garnish
¼ cup fresh mint
¾ cup fresh basil
½ teaspoon of salt
¼ teaspoon fresh black pepper
Combine the watermelon, tomato and olive oil in a food processor or blender. Zest one of the limes and squeeze out the juice. Place into the food processor with the watermelon puree until smooth. Pour the mixture into a large bowl and add your herbs, salt and pepper to taste. Place in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours. When ready to serve, pour into small glass bowls or shot glasses. Cut the remaining limes into wedges and use to garnish along with a few sprigs of herbs.