Bowtie pasta, also known as farfalle, means butterfly in Italian. We love how the pesto nestles into the pinched centre of the pasta for more flavour in each bite. Using bottled pesto is a great supermarket hack, or use our recipe for Small Batch Pesto when harvesting the basil.
Basil pesto, the iconic green sauce we slather on everything from pasta to paninis is both ancient and modern. A Latin poem from the year 25CE describes pounding together herbs, cheese, oil and vinegar - making pesto the oldest sauce in Europe. Long adored in Italy, pesto made it's way into North America in the 70's and evolved from a motor-and-pestle affair to a shelf-stable condiment. Pesto literally translates into the word "pounded" and is made from fresh basil, nuts, olive oil, garlic and cheese.
When tomatoes start to flood the market in their vivid technicolor hues, it’s time to deconstruct the bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich. Such tomatoes are too eye appealing to hide between slices of bread. Make them the stars of the BLT, drizzling them with a creamy dressing, then topping them with some wispy greens and crisp-fried bacon. Use the tastiest tomatoes you can find, preferably in a variety of colors, sizes, and shapes. Offer bread on the side for mopping up the flavorful juices.
This is the perfect salad to make with things from the garden and/or farm market. Grilling the corn enhances the sweetness and the fresh oregano complements the sweetness and lends and earthy flavour to this delightful summer salad.