sweet potato avocado salad (& video!)

sweet potato avocado salad / @loveandlemons

Check it out – a video! We recently partnered with the North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission to create videos about one of my favorite foods – the sweet potato. Here’s a recipe that will start to get you in the mood for fall, but is still light and fresh.

Below are a few of my favorite screenshots. Scroll down (or click the image above) for the video. Special thanks to Rightfrog Productions for the video work!

Roasted Sweet Potato Avocado Salad / @loveandlemons

peach salad with mint & pistachios

Peach Salad with Mint, Pistachios and Coriander Yogurt / @loveandlemons

Is anyone else wondering how it’s August already? After some morning blog reading, I’ve suddenly realized that everyone else has gone (and come back from!) a summer vacation and we somehow forgot to plan one of our own. We’ve been talking about a number of trip ideas since last winter but that’s just the problem – it’s been all talk. Talk followed by excuses, followed by projects and general life busy-ness.

So… help? What would be a fun trip for late August/early September? I’m drawing a blank and would love some suggestions. It could be near or far… preferably with temps less than 100 degrees… and of course someplace with great food!

Peach Salad with Mint, Pistachios and Coriander Yogurt / @loveandlemons

Speaking of 100 degrees – this has become my favorite “it’s way too hot out” refreshing summer salad. Any stone fruit will work here, but lately I’ve been savoring the last of Texas peach season. I just love this combo of juicy peaches, peppery arugula and creamy greek yogurt dusted with ground coriander and crushed pistachios.

Make it a full meal by serving it next to some simply-grilled fish. Or try tossing in some chickpeas or other veggies you might have on hand. (I used thinly sliced zucchini here, but it’s also delicious with ribbons of peeled carrots). It’s also great for a quick throw-together lunch if you mix up the yogurt ahead of time.

Peach Salad with Mint, Pistachios and Coriander Yogurt / @loveandlemons

peach crumble & summery links

Summer Peach Blackberry Crumble

Remember the peach and blackberry crumble from this dinner party? Click over to The Yellow Table for the recipe! Trust me, you’ve gotta make it before peach season is over.

And here are some other summery recipes I’ve been drooling over lately…

I’m not an expert pie-maker, but I think I could handle this Ginger Peach Galette.

Sweet Corn, Peach and Cherry Salad – so seasonal!

This Baked Feta with Tomatoes makes me want to take a trip to Greece.

The prettiest Blueberry Cake I’ve ever seen.

I’m loving this new-to-me blog The Clever Carrot and her Summer Crunch Salad.

Because I can’t have enough peaches: Peach & Blueberry Cheese Toasts.

I’ll take this Chopped Kale Salad with Nectarines for lunch any every day.

Blueberry Coconut Dark Chocolate Oat Cookies and the funniest bake sale story.

Sinless Superfood Devil’s Food Donuts. I’ll take two please.

Avocado Caprese Wrap. Seriously, is it lunchtime yet?

zucchini & grilled corn salad

zucchini and grilled corn salad / @loveandlemons

Oh zucchini, let me count the ways… julienned, coined, grilled, sauteéd, stuffed, kabob-ed, gratin-ed, muffin-ed, pancake-d… (I know I’m missing a few)…

Right now, my zucchini method of choice is the simple ribbon. Just raw. Tossed into salads. I mean, how pretty are they? (Also – how pretty are those plates!?)

zucchini and grilled corn salad / @loveandlemons

I very often make corn recipes where frozen corn will suffice – but not this time. This is the time of year where my midwestern roots shine through and I say – you need to get your hands on some fresh corn. And then don’t cook it too much.

zucchini and grilled corn salad / @loveandlemons

I grilled my corn so that some of the kernels charred while the others remained crispy and raw. It’s a delicious mix of textures especially when paired with creamy avocado, briny capers, and bright herbs. (Ok, now I’m starving and wishing I had saved some leftovers for lunch).

zucchini and grilled corn salad / @loveandlemons

You can serve this on a big platter at your next summer gathering, pack it up for lunch, or serve it like I did – small-plate-style on these Victorian Emblem Tapas Plates, from Q Squared. (Also pictured is this Peony Salad Plate)

zucchini and grilled corn salad / @loveandlemons

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tomato & zucchini frittata

tomato and zucchini frittata / @loveandlemons

The frittata is one of my favorite things to throw together because, really, anything you need to use up can go into a frittata. This one is made of every vegetable I had on hand last week – a variety of tomatoes, zucchini and some really lovely sweet potato greens. (Although feel free to use spinach or another leafy green – whatever you have).

tomato & zucchini fritatta / @loveandlemons

Awhile back, I used to shy away from frittatas because I thought they required lots of butter and cream. (I used to be entirely non-dairy). While I do eat small amounts of high quality cheese pretty often these days, I don’t do milk. Since almond milk is what I keep on hand, almond milk is what goes into my frittata. It works perfectly to make the eggs nice and fluffy.

tomato & zucchini fritatta / @loveandlemons

You might not be able to find sweet potato greens, but if you see them at your local farmers market - grab them. They’re so soft and delicious – like spinach but with a more mild flavor.

tomato & zucchini fritatta / @loveandlemons

Pile in the veggies and serve this for brunch, or better yet – breakfast for dinner!

tomato & zucchini fritatta / @loveandlemons