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I’ve been looking for the perfect summer vegetable side dish lately. I love roasted vegetables and eating veggies in soups and stews. In the summer, though, these things can be too heavy. I don’t want to heat up my kitchen, and who wants to eat a stew when it feels like a wet blanket outside? Not me.
So I rounded up all my odd and ends veggies that I have laying around — an onion, a couple of ears of corn, a zucchini, some jalapeños, a tomato. I love salads, but if I’m eating a salmon filet, I want a hot summer vegetable side dish. I know I can grill those veggies, I know. But in the dead heat of the summer, I sometimes don’t want to go outside even for that. I like my air conditioning too much. Sorry, not sorry.
That’s where this quick sauté comes in. A good high heat oil and a skillet is all you need. This method works well for cooking soft veggies like zucchini and onions because they don’t take long to cook. And I love sautéing corn because it brings out its sweetness. It’s really great for in-season summer corn that’s already super sweet.
While I’m usually a big fan of lots of seasoning, I didn’t use more than salt and pepper for this because I really wanted to taste the veggies. This dish is sweet and spicy, bright and fresh, all without any additional seasoning. It’s proof that real food can taste amazing and that you don’t need tons of extras to accomplish that.
As a bonus, it cooks so quickly that you don’t heat up your kitchen. Oh, and you don’t have to stand outside on a hot day and grill. Oh, and it’s healthy and nutritious. It’s bonuses all around!
Summer Vegetable Sauté
This quick and easy summer vegetable side dish is customizable, delicious, and fresh. It’s perfect for all your summer favorites!