Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Summer Celebrating ..

It is that time of year when days start getting longer and the weather gets warmer ... something that I absolutely love and cherish ... Summer. For me ... Summer entails weekends that are filled with day long hikes, adventures with friends to favorite day trip locations, trail runs, camping trips, and three hour long siestas only to wake up and still find that it is light out. My love for Summer started at a young age when afternoons were spent at the swimming pool where my siblings and I would tire ourselves out from simply having too much fun. Afternoons included bike rides with my dad where we would bike to the local marina, feed the ducks, and always grab popsicles. There were many times where I would wake up after a long Summer nap with purple popsicle juice softly smeared along the corners of my mouth ... evidence that Summer had left its mark. Now, twenty something years later, I still find comfort in Summer naps, popsicles, and bike rides.

One of my favorite Summer meals is a simple garden salad filled with bright vegetables, leafy greens, edible wildflowers, and my absolute favorite ... French radishes. I personally, love to see how much good stuff will fit in my salad bowl. Summertime salads simply make me happy and doused with my made at home vinaigrette each bite is that much closer to perfection ... good ole Summer perfection. Nature always amazes me with the abundance of colorful fruits and vegetables during this time of year. I believe it is nature's way of ... celebrating.

Wishing everyone a wonderful week ... Bisous.

Summer Celebration Salad
leafy mixed greens
small edible wildflowers
French radishes
one hard boiled egg
shaved carrots
roasted golden beets
crumbled blue cheese

In your favorite salad bowl add your washed, shaved, and chopped ingredients. Drizzle with your favorite salad dressing ... and enjoy!

My signature ... Coeur de La garden goddess dressing
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1/3 cup olive oil
a splash of balsamic vinegar (more if you would like)
a splash of soy sauce
a teaspoon of minced garlic
a pinch of ground pepper

Mix ingredients in a small bowl or mason jar until smooth ... and there you have it ... at home garden goddess dressing