A friend of mine hosted an “End of the Summer Salads” dinner party last week. I was confused at first. Did this mean we were celebrating the salads that sat around all summer and we were going to eat them wilted? Or did it mean we would only be eating salads whose ingredients are available in August? Not to mention it’s depressing enough that we start school in a few days. Do I really need a salad to remind me summer is over?
As an aside, this is a woman who works, who has two kids, and who told us to come casual for a very last-minute dinner. She had just arrived home from work when we got there. But somehow it was all done. When we walked in, the place was spotless. The kids actually stayed downstairs with their babysitter (something that would NEVER happen in my house no matter how much I paid them – kids, not babysitter). And there was an array of “End of the Summer Salads” like I’ve never seen before in my life. There were no piles of mail sitting around. I was speechless. If I didn’t like her so damn much, I’d hate her.
Some people just know how to host. So, to pay homage to my friend who can put on a mean “End of the Summer Salads” party (I’ll just keep writing it because I think it’s funny), here are some amazing “End of the Summer Salads” that you can make in your own chaotic kitchen. I won’t even list the directions because they’re pretty obvious. But if you need help just remember these three words: Layer*Drizzle*Sprinkle*
Tomato Basil Caprese
Serve all with Prosecco and fresh fruit!