I know that it is Fall. But here in NC the summer produce is juuuuust getting edged out and so you should make this salad before face planting in your pumpkin-spice-chai-late-muffin-with-maple-apple-cinnamon-golden-drink-snack-scarf-boots. This will be the name of a specialty cake when I open a bakery-restaurant-coffee shop one day. So there's that.
Side note: this salad does not have lettuce. I strongly feel like lettuce is mostly water and so I'd rather just drink the water and eat some bacon with ranch. Thank you for listening.
This is officially the "eat everything that has to do with summer all at once and call it a salad" salad. Except for tomatoes. There are no tomatoes in this salad because basically I only eat tomatoes a) as a sauce or b) with an exorbitant amount of fresh mozzarella and a drizzle of olive oil + balsamic. Also, add bacon because it's crunchy. Also, it's bacon.
Here's the thing. I love fall and am so thrilled for leaves changing colors and pumpkins and warm coffee after 8am. Daytime hot coffee that doesn't make you feel like you're going to sweat until you die is a-okay. BUT. Summer, my one true (seasonal) love, I will miss. This salad celebrates all the best things about summer and also cleans your fridge. More room for apples, and apple butter, and halloween candy, amiright?!
So, get your summer veggies, chop 'em up, add some cheese and croutons and bacon and eat your summer heart out.
2 ears corn, roasted
1 cucumber, chopped small
1container feta cheese, crumbled
4-5 pieces of cooked (crispy! no one likes floppy bacon in a salad) bacon, chopped
croutons (preferably homemade. chop bread, saute with brown butter, add salt, let cool)
3Tbs olive il
3Tbs balsamic vinegar (or some sort of fun and fancy vinegar that you bought at The Olive Wagon over the summer because there are stores now that let you SAMPLE olive oil and vinegar all. day. long.)
chop your veggies, crisp your bacon, make your croutons and crumble your cheese.
toss with oil and vinegar
eat summer with a spoon.
clear shelves for pumpkin and maple and caramel.
and potato soup.
Happy last day of September! Happy Fall!