Summer salad (or, what I like to eat and what the boyfriend hates)

Tom and I have quite different food tastes. Peas, onions, tomatoes? I love. He hates.

He realized this week he’s not a fan of creamy avocados, either, while I recently jumped for joy when I found a deal on a bag of four at Trader Joe’s.

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Fried chicken? That’s a big “no” for this vegetarian. Tom jokingly asks me to make it all the time. So I did. In the form of sugar cookies 🙂

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Fortunately, we do both like corn on the cob, especially the sweet, crisp corn in the middle of the summer. And Rachel likes our leftover cobs.

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(Best way to cook corn? Leave it in the husks, soak it in water for a few minutes, then throw it on a hot grill for 15 or so minutes, turning occasionally. The silks will peel right off.)

We also like pie. He helped me make an outrageous blueberry-nectarine pie for Tuesdays with Dorie. It disappeared too fast.

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I put together this quick summer salad/salsa for lunch just for myself one day when when Tom was at his own family’s home during his East Coast visit. It was good that I didn’t try to serve him a bowl of it, because when I made it again for a snack/dinner later in the week, he made a face at it! He ended up with a basic cheese quesadilla and his favorite 5-ingredient food processor salsa.

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So if your name is “Tom,” you may hate this healthy dish: It has tomatoes, avocados and green onions! But if you’re anyone besides my boyfriend, you may absolutely love this summertime salad/salsa of bold flavors — tomatoes, corn, avocado and black beans.

Tomato, Corn, Avocado & Black Bean Salad 
This can be a meal on its own or a side dish. Eat with a fork or with chips. Be flexible. It’s delicious. These following amounts are very rough estimates, so change as desired. This could also be great with a little jalapeno, it you have some.

  • Half an avocado, cubed
  • Fresh corn, cooked, cut off the ear
  • 1-2 green onions
  • About a half-cup tomatoes — mix up any kinds you have around. I cubed one tomato from my garden and halved a handful of colorful farmers market tomatoes.
  • About a half-cup of black beans.
  • Lemon or lime juice
  • Canola oil
  • Salt and pepper

Mix all vegetables together in a bowl. Add a squirt of fresh lemon juice, a tiny, tiny bit of oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

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5 thoughts on “Summer salad (or, what I like to eat and what the boyfriend hates)

    1. 🙂
      And ps I want to come visit you one day! Charlottesville really isn’t that far from Fredericksburg, and I haven’t seen you in forever. I would love to cook and/or go out to eat with you sometime!!

  1. I must have dropped him on his head and scrambled his taste receptors when he was young. It looks pretty darn good to me.

  2. I know that he turns up his nose at a lot of foods, but I give you so much credit for expanding his food horizons. He eats so many new foods since you began dating! I love how he tries your new recipes (or some of them, anyway)!

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