Does anyone hold Labor Day picnics anymore? They were a staple of my childhood, but I haven’t been to one in longer than I care to think about. Being in a somewhat nostalgic mood, I think we should hold one right here, right now. Bring your best picnic foods (with recipes when possible, please) and join in the fun!
I’m bringing a salad I’ve been making lately that really looks, tastes, and feels great. Here’s how it goes:
Peel and coarsely chop: one large cucumber, two roma tomatoes, one large red bell pepper, one large yellow or orange bell pepper and place in a large bowl.
Mince red onion to taste. A couple tablespoons does the trick for me, but your mileage may vary. Add to bowl.
Tear fresh mint leaves into the mixture to taste. I find about four good-sized leaves is the right amount for me.
In a separate bowl, pour in approx. 6 tablespoons unflavored rice vinegar. Add salt and pepper to taste and whisk to combine. While continuing to whisk, slowly add approx 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil until well-blended.
Pour dressing over the salad and toss well to combine. Refrigerate for at least one hour before serving. Prepare for serious crunchy deliciousness!
I think I shall also bring a homemade peach pie, just because I love to bake.
Bring something delicious to the feast and join in, folks!