Summertime… and the livin’ is easy… Provided the air conditioner keeps running, that is!

It’s mid-90’s out there.  And just a tad humid.  I hate it.  I grew up 2 blocks from the Pacific Ocean.  The very cool Pacific Ocean.  Where if it happened to hit 70°, we would go to the beach.  70 degrees.  Beach.

No one has air conditioning out there.  Don’t need it but maybe twice a year, and even then, it’s not like this.  Heck.  I bought my truck in San Francisco.  It doesn’t have air conditioning, either.   Now I leave it at home and take the (air conditioned) car.

Okay.  Enough whining about the weather…

Summertime.  Salads.  Yum.

I actually went just a tad overboard with these.  I just kept finding fun things to add to them.  I almost added beans, too.  I’m glad I showed a little bit of restraint!

First thing I did was make a cucumber salad.

Cucumber Salad

  • 2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut vinegar (I love my coconut vinegar – made in The Philippines – but any white wine-type vinegar will work)
  • 2 tbsp assorted herbs, minced
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Mix all ingredients.  Chill until ready to serve.

Quick, easy, and refreshing.

Next was the Raspberry Poppy Seed Dressing.  I had raspberries in the ‘fridge that needed using up.

Raspberry Poppy Seed Dressing

  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/4 cup coconut vinegar (I’m on a run…  any vinegar will work)
  • 2 tbsp minced onion
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds

Place raspberries, honey, lemon juice, mustard, vinegar, and onion in a blender and puree.  With blender running, drizzle in 1 cup of olive oil.  Add poppy seeds, and briefly mix.

Chill until ready to serve.

This worked well – and I think any fruit would work well.  Peaches….  yum…..

The salad itself was mixed greens, radicchio,  hard cooked egg, avocado, broccoli, zucchini, peach, tomato, cucumber salad, and a grilled chicken breast.

It’s going to be a while before I think about dessert.