Saturday, June 13, 2009

Easy Summer Lunch

We have really enjoyed our home-cooked meals lately. However, I wasn't sure what we'd have for lunch today as we were almost out of everything. Before heading off to the gym today, I made a small batch of my Summer Salad. I thought I could "throw together" some kind of pasta dish once we got back, and the salad would go nicely with the pasta.

While at the gym, I got lucky because I caught part of a cooking show on PBS while running. I believe the show is called Lidia's Italian-American Kitchen. Lidia made a pesto that sounded really good, and I recreated it (more or less) at home. It turned out great! I didn't measure any of the ingredients. But here is more or less what I did to make the pesto.

Tomato, Almond, Basil Pesto

- Salted almonds (about a hand-full)
- 5 basil leaves
- 3 cloves of garlic
- [Crush the above ingredients in a food processor]
- [Next I added the following to the food processor]
- 5 more basil leaves
- 4-6 medium sized tomatoes
- Olive oil (I ended up using very little olive oil - maybe a tablespoon)
- Salt (optional)

The pesto has a nice crunch to it and is soooo flavorful. Hubby, toddler & teenager all heartily approved. Quite an accomplishment!

Here is a picture of the pesto by itself. I think it would be a great topping for toasted bread as well...

And here is the pesto tossed with whole wheat spaghetti

A picture of the summer salad

Oh, and we also treated ourselves (hubby and I that is) to some delicious red wine.

It truly was a perfect summer lunch!

What's your favorite summer meal? Please share!

Be well,


  1. Anonymous6/13/2009

    Yum, Andrea! Looks like a perfect summer meal!

    One of my favorite summer meals is grilled chicken or fish with a side of gazpacho...

    Have a great weekend!

  2. Yes! I know that pesto well! My mom makes it all the time. She is a fan of Lidia and her cooking. Such a delicious lunch!

    My favorite summer meal is pretty basic - grilled chicken and grilled assorted veggies. Simple, but very yummy :)

  3. (ice cream)

    it's supposed to be 104 again today here (please to see above)

  4. Anonymous6/15/2009

    I love a good pasta salad in the summer. I'm definitely going to try that Summer Salad. It looks great!

  5. Anonymous6/15/2009

    Your summer salad looks great! What a great combo of veggies. ;)

  6. I am going to make that this week!

    It looks so good! I've seen shows like that and they always make such good stuff!

  7. Anonymous6/15/2009

    Andrea, I LOVE that pesto! Gosh, the flavors combo is AWESOME!
    I think you'd also like my almond-red pepper can try that too, but it probably pales in comparison to that brilliant pesto!
    Fav summer meal: Picnic sandwiches and crepes and burgers.

  8. This dinner looks great, I am definitely saving that summer salad recipe! My favorite summer foods are anything at a BBQ...grilled salmon and corn on the cob with watermelon sounds so good right now!