I’m scared to write this down, in fear that it will go away, but…
things are actually going a little bit better!
But shh! Don’t tell anyone! It’ll be our little secret. For whatever reason, I feel a little bit happier, and I just had to share it with you.
One of the things that’s contributed to this is that I’ve started working part-time for my dad in the afternoons. He owns his own small construction business, and it’s really a family operation (the other secretary is my grandmother!). I do a lot of tasks that others might consider menial – i.e. answering phones, making copies, etc. – but I love helping my dad. He’s the hardest working person I know. He works every. single. day. (including weekends) to provide for our family. So any little thing I can do to help him makes me feel like I’m giving back for all that he’s done for me. This is one thing that I definitely appreciate compared to my old job in a large corporation – when you’re one of 40,000 + employees (just in Connecticut), you kind of feel a little insignificant. But at my dad’s office, every task is important. There’s no safety net. Everything you do matters. And I love it!
So that’s a little re-cap of my summer so far! I’ve been working, spending time with friends and family, and enjoying all of this wonderful seasonal produce. Today’s recipe is really a celebration of summer’s bounty – featuring sweet summer corn, farm-fresh tomatoes, herbs, and lettuce. It’s all tossed in a simple mix of lemon juice and olive oil, to really let the natural flavors of the produce shine through. I hope you all love it!
Summer Garden Salad w/ Sweet Corn, Tomatoes + Herbs
- 2 Ears Corn about 1 1/2 Cups Corn Kernels
- 1 Cup Cherry Tomatoes halved
- 2 Tbs Fresh Basil chopped
- 2 Handfuls Parsley chopped
- About 4-5 Cups Mixed Greens
- Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Start by prepping your veggies and herbs - chop tomatoes, basil, and parsley.
- Boil corn kernels for about five minutes, checking for tenderness when done.
- In a large bowl, combine all salad ingredients. Toss with a squeeze of lemon juice and a drizzle of olive oil. Just go by instinct - use as much or as little as you like. When done, toss again with a little bit of salt and as much pepper as you like.
- When done, serve salad in bowls with a little extra cracked pepper, if desired.
If you make this recipe and post it on Instagram, be sure to tag me @wellandfull and #wellandfull so I can see! I love seeing your takes on my recipes :)
valentina | sweet kabochaJuly 28, 2016 at 10:17 am
I love simple salads and seasonal produces are so amazing now!
Anyway, I’m happy you’re a bit happier <3
SarahJuly 28, 2016 at 12:51 pm
Thank you so much Valentina! I am too! :)
Ashley@CookNourishBlissJuly 28, 2016 at 11:46 am
It sounds like you are having a wonderful summer! I love that you are working for your dad! And this salad is just gorgeous!
SarahJuly 28, 2016 at 12:51 pm
Thank you Ashley!! :D
Natalie | Feasting on FruitJuly 28, 2016 at 2:58 pm
Sarah I am so so happy to hear this!! Of course I won’t say a word, don’t want to jinx it ;) Although putting it out there, making it official, perhaps that will solidify it for you! And this salad looks amazing. The addition of corn is so summer simple but so tantalizing too! Plus it’s easy peasy…lemon squeezey (literally) lol
SarahJuly 28, 2016 at 3:40 pm
Haha thanks for keeping my secret, Natalie! ;) And thank you for your kind words about my recipe! :D
PiaJuly 29, 2016 at 11:15 am
Well then, just between us, I’m so happy to hear that things may actually be starting to look up! Now let’s just hope that this improvement in mood and attitude, also leads to positive changes in terms of your digestion and appetite :)
I’m also glad you’ve been spending time out and about, and are able to help out your dad.Seriously, go you, Sarah. And keep it up xx
SarahAugust 1, 2016 at 12:25 pm
Thank you so much for your kind sentiments, Pia! I really appreciate it. I’m glad things are starting to look up too!! :D
AysegulJuly 29, 2016 at 12:48 pm
This salad screams summer! I just read a couple of your posts and I am glad you are feeling better. My husband is like your dad – “meat & potato” – kind of guy. So I know very well, how hard it could be to be yourself.
I also know how hard it is to live far away from a loved one. But it sounds like you are finding your ways in the midst of all the “life” that is happening to you.
I hope you know that you are not alone. We all go through these feelings everyday.
Cheers to brighter days and to this amazing summer salad!
SarahAugust 1, 2016 at 12:28 pm
Thank you so much for your kind note, Aysegul. If it weren’t for this amazing online community of bloggers and readers, I would definitely feel more alone than I do now. But so many people have left notes saying that they’ve gone through similar things and triumphed, and it really gives me hope for myself. Like you said, cheers to brighter days! :D
Manali@CookWithManaliAugust 1, 2016 at 4:12 pm
What a gorgeous salad! I love all the colors!
SarahAugust 2, 2016 at 9:43 am
Thank you Manali!! :D
Jessie SnyderAugust 2, 2016 at 10:46 am
It is so wonderful to hear you are doing well Sarah! This just made my heart so happy. And to hear about your time working for your dad, **heart melting**. This is life. This is what it is made of. And it is beautiful. xx
SarahAugust 2, 2016 at 12:59 pm
You are the sweetest, girl <3 Thank you so much for your note, I love hearing from you. :)
Puja DarshanAugust 6, 2016 at 4:01 pm
This looks gorgeous, awesome click!!!
SarahAugust 8, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Thanks Puja!! <3
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