When we lived in Montana we lived in a pretty small basement apartment. There was no outdoor space whatsoever. No patio, no porch, no nothing. It was a little miserable to say the least. I always got a little twinge of jealousy every time we went over to a friend’s house for an outside BBQ or if I heard someone talking about their amazing garden they were growing. There wasn’t even a spot at our apartment for me to put out some potted plants.
As they say, “Good things come to those who wait” and now we have the most amazing yard. Although, I feel kind of funny calling it a yard, because when I think of a yard I think of a big lawn filled with green grass. We have flowers and trees, but definitely no green grass around these parts! I always find it funny when we get visitors and they exclaim how strange it is to see a yard covered in gravel with palm trees and cactus. I guess at this point I’m so used to it that when I do see a green grass lawn it looks totally out of place. When we were looking at houses to buy, I remember touring one that had a big patch of fake green grass outside so that dog could use the bathroom, ha!
One of my favorite things about having a yard is the morning and evening walk around that I do, I might be kind of obsessed with seeing how much each plant has grown while I was at work and while I was sleeping…. It is just so exciting to walk around and see what is starting to bloom or how much the cactus has grown (cacti surprising grow super fast!). I’m also having so much fun seeing my vegetables grow. Unfortunately, the ones I planted in pots seem to be frozen in time, but the ones in my little patio garden are doing so well!
I was going to wait to have fresh tomatoes until mine started producing fruit, but I was at the farmer’s market the other day and I stumbled upon these beautiful heirloom cherry tomatoes and I just couldn’t help myself! At first, I stated thinking about all the exciting things I should do with the tomatoes, but then I decided that these juicy, fresh tomatoes would be best showcased raw, in a salad, with an amazing dressing. So that is exactly what I did with them and I hope you enjoy it!
- 1 pound heirloom cherry tomatoes or regular cherry tomatoes, cut in half
- 5 ounces spring mix lettuce, or lettuce of your choice
- 1/2 cup toasted pumpkin seeds
- Extra basil leaves for garnish, if desired
For the Dressing
- 1 avocado, cut into chunks
- 1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
- 6 – 7 basil leaves
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- juice of 1 lemon*
- 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup of water, more or less depending on dressing consistency you desire**
- Combine all dressing ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Place about 1 cup of lettuce into a bowl and top with cherry tomato halves. Dress with desired amount of dressing and sprinkle with pumpkin seeds and basil leaves, if desired.
*I really love lemon so I like my dressing very lemony, if you are not as big of a fan try using the juice of 1/2 lemon instead of a whole lemon.
**Add water slowly and add until dressing reaches desired consistency.