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
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.