A couple of weeks ago, I got to cross off something on my bucket list. My dear friend Kristin told us earlier in the summer that she had two extra tickets to see Harry Connick Jr. at The Ravinia Festival in Chicago, and she asked if we’d like to join her and her husband. You may be thinking that seeing Harry live would be the bucket list item. Nope. I’ve seen Harry perform a few other times, and he’s wonderful, he really is. If you ever have the chance to see him, go. He’s ridiculously talented, funny, and charming. Every show of his is different, and he is so personable he can make a large venue seem like a small, intimate jazz club. I had the opportunity to meet him when we lived in New Orleans, and he is refreshingly genuine. I could go on and on about how much I love Harry…and I think I have.
Zucchini noodles seem to be all the rage right now and spiralizers are moving from a fancy garnish tool to an everyday kitchen gadget. My friends at OXO asked me to try out their new Hand Held Spiralizer, and of course, I told them I’d love to give it a try!
What to make, though? As I was trying to figure out what to tackle first with my new gadget, I ran across an old recipe, written on a postcard, from my mother. I have no idea where this recipe came from. Probably from the pages of an old, yellowed cooking magazine or from one of her gazillion cookbooks (I come by my book hoarding tendencies honestly). It’s simply written on a notecard, and this delicious, blast-from-the-past spaghetti salad struck me as the perfect thing to modernize with a little spiralize.
When it comes to summer food, what do you look for?
I look for light, crisp, clean, fresh, and flavorful. In the sticky summer heat, I don’t want food that will weigh me down. I crave tastes that will refresh me, enlighten me, and that take advantage of the bounty that summer markets have to offer.
This salad is EXACTLY what I look for.
This quick and easy summer salad is the perfect summer picnic recipe go-to. You can make it up ahead of time, and the longer it rests, the more the flavors mingle. It was terrific the night we had it, alongside grilled steak, but even better the next day when I grabbed a bowlful for lunch.
I’ve discussed my love of wheat berries, and how healthy they are for you before, so I won’t bore you with the nitty gritty on that. (If you want to check out the nitty gritty, check out my Autumn Wheat Berry Salad recipe.)