In Louisiana, it’s the Cajun trio: onion, celery, bell pepper. Granted, the Trio is a means to an end… the flavor foundation in many Southern dishes. In Ohio in the summer, the Holy Trinity speaks for itself as stand-alones: tomatoes, corn and green beans. No geographical region produces sweeter corn, more voluptuous tomatoes and more perfect green beans.
Ever think of sweet corn as an entrée? With a side of tomatoes? And another side of green beans? Embellishment can feel like sacrilege; however, a fruity olive oil drizzled over the corn and a speck of herbed salt? Heaven. How about a slice of fresh mozzarella and a small dice of cucumber, red onion, celery and jalapeno on that tomato? A splash of champagne vinaigrette on lightly steamed, cooled green beans with fresh dill? A hunk of great bread?
No excuses offered for the lack of protein. There will be plenty of other protein-appropriate days. These sides are so good no one will miss it.
Get a bib. Maybe a rain coat. And dig in.