I have a secret to confess: I’m taking a photography class.
Hopefully, you can tell!
As a writer and editor, words have always been easier for me. Even when I was younger, I thrived in English class – but was terrified of art! So later, I just kind of lumped photography into that category of “beyond my creative scope.” But to be honest, I never really tried it! Now I’m having a ton of fun learning how to use a camera other than the one on my iPhone. And, of course, this blog benefits as well.
I struggle to make certain meals, like soups or meat, look visually appetizing. But, I LOVE taking pictures of any baked goods or sweets! And I can add fruits and veggies to that favorites list now, too. I mean, how could you not want these vibrant green beans, enrobed in hot pink? So perfect.
All of these veggies make me so ready for farmers markets! I can’t wait for warmer weather and fresh produce. Plus, I want a reason to make this yummy green smoothie every day.
I’m seriously counting down the days until fresh corn. You just can’t beat it. I hesitantly admit that I wanted to make this Confetti Vegetable Salad so badly, I used frozen corn. And, you could tell (… ok, I could, but no one else!). It’s still really good either way – the perfect healthy side for any meal, or a tasty lunch on its own!
Confetti Veggie Salad
Adapted from Epicurious
- 6 C corn
- 1 C edamame beans (shelled)
- 2 C skinny green beans, blanched and cut into pieces*
- 1 C grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise
- 1 avocado, cubed
- 1/2 C extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/4 C red wine vinegar
- 1 t honey
- 1 t kosher salt
- 1/2 t ground black pepper
In a bowl, toss together corn, edamame, green beans, tomatoes and avocado. In a second bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar, honey, salt and pepper. Add vinaigrette to salad and toss to coat. Refrigerate for an hour before serving to let it marinate.
*To blanch the green beans, first boil a pot of water. Then, when it’s bubbling, throw in the green beans for about 30 seconds. Immediately drain and rinse them under cold water. This softens them a little, while still keeping the crispness!