Arugula Salad with Orange Slices and Basil


Summer is here!   Time for crazy schedules,  lots of activities, and a houseful of guests…at least in my world.    I love this time of year!  Farmer’s Markets, outdoor music concerts, playing by the river with the kids, hiking, rafting, camping, art festivals, and all the wildflowers.   It always seems to fly by but I am hoping to really live in the present moment this summer and enjoy all it’s craziness.   Maybe it will last longer that way.   The good news amidst the hectic schedules  is that food in the summer months can be quick and easy.

It is the season for cooling foods, simple eating,  easy meals.  If there was ever a time for a raw diet, this would be it.

Seasonal eating is basically eating what nature provides during that time.  It’s the time for platefuls of salads, fresh smoothies, simple pastas with basil and fresh tomatoes, lots of sweet fruits and plenty of greens.   Save all your heavy recipes  for fall and winter.

Here is a simple salad for summer.  A little peppery with a side of sweet.

Arugula Salad with Orange Slices and Basil

Bunch of Arugula

1 orange, sectioned and cut in small pieces

handful of basil, chopped

 Parmesan slices

handful of walnuts or slivered Almonds


Zest of 1 Orange

2  TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2 tsp Balsamic Vinegar

1/2 tsp of Raw Honey

To make: Combine Arugula and Basil and toss.   Add the Oranges and Walnuts.   In a bowl or small jar, mix the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey and orange zest.   Stir or shake well and pour over the salad.   Toss and add the Parmesan slices on top.


4 responses »

  1. I am making this to bring to a friend’s dinner party this weekend! So glad I had the chance to try it as part of the fabulous lunch you made me!! Thanks Luisa. Keep ’em coming!

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