Okay. I’ve had it with this weather. The latest “storm of the century” is slated to hit in a few hours with rain, freezing weather – and maybe even some snow. Hasn’t Mother Nature noticed that the calendar reads April 24th?!? Sheesh! Enough, already!

On an intellectual level, I know I can’t fight Mother Nature. I can do nothing to stem the wind, the rain, or the temperature. But that doesn’t mean I still can’t fight back.

And I’m fighting back with SALADS! Mid-April means fresh produce in my house, and fresh produce, it is. Dinner Salads are now the rule – regardless of what the weather outside may be.

Tonight we had a great salad of mixed greens (lots of arugula!!) and a dressing of strawberries, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Simplicity.

The salad itself consisted of the aforementioned greens, roasted red peppers, broccoli, mushrooms, kalamata olives, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, cucumber, and a few ounces of perfectly cooked london broil that Victor marinated.

I love the balance of sweet fresh fruit and savory vegetables and meats. It’s easy to prepare and every bite becomes a new taste sensation. The salads are colorful and as yummy as they are eye-appealing.

So do your damnedest, Mother Nature. You’re not going to win!