It feels too hot to eat…

July roared in after the Fourth with an abundance of hot, humid, sticky and altogether unpleasant weather.  This is the time of year when nothing sounds good to eat but fresh vegetables.  Thank goodness for that!  It’s the hot summer days that make me not want to eat a lot of cooked meals.  So what does one hungry farmer feed her very hungry other half who’s been slaving away in the heat working too hard for his own good?  That’s a question that will plague me for the rest of the summer, but has also inspired me to ask my dear friend Google.  I might even delve into the cold soups this year…?  We’ll see.

My favorite recipe so far has been a take on Tuna Salad sandwiches.  Kind of boring if you don’t utilize all the goodies in your CSA Box or in your backyard garden.  So I decided to take the boring old tuna salad and punch it up a notch.  Once again, I read a few recipes, and add my own twist as I usually do.  In short here’s what I did:

First Mix these together in a small bowl:

  • Tuna in water (12 oz) buy the expensive organic cans–so worth the flavor
  • Mayonaise
  • Mustard, Pepper, Garlic (Scapes or bulb) and maybe a pinch of spicy hot pepper flakes

Then add whatever you like!  Here’s what I did:

  • Sliced Cucumber
  • Sliced Zucchini
  • Sliced Carrots
  • Sliced Swiss Chard (Leaves and Stems)
  • Chopped Mustard Greens
  • Diced Onion

I can think of a bunch of other things to throw in there, too.  The Swiss Chard is what really made the dish for me.  I don’t think I’ll ever make tuna salad, egg salad, or chicken salad without adding sliced greens to the mix.  It just does something magical.  That might be going a bit too far, but hey, we already ate all of it and now I’m stuck wondering what I should make for dinner tonight…

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