Sunday, April 26, 2009

summertime heat and summertime eats

That's right! Two weeks ago it was cool April showers and now, in typical Ohio fashion, it feels like the dog days of summer. For several days now we've had bright sunshine and warm temperatures in the mid-80's! I do really love Spring, however, so I'm hoping we'll get a return to some of the more typical weather before the inevitable summer heat wave.

But, the warm weather does mean that C has fired up the charcoal grill twice this week, and boy, have we missed grilled food!

And, remember how I have a thing for food photography? Well, I just couldn't pass up photographing this salad before digging in. I thought the color of the tomatoes, carrots and almonds really popped against the deep green baby spinach. And, aside from being pretty, it was pretty darn tasty! I'll go ahead and jot down the ingredients here, even though no one comes to this blog for food fixes!

My Simple Sweet & Savory Salad
baby spinach
shredded carrot
chopped celery
pint grape tomatoes
dried cranberries
sliced almonds
crumbled feta cheese
We topped it with sliced grilled chicken, and drizzled it with a homemade mustard vinaigrette, courtesy of Everyday Food Magazine's cookbook Great Food Fast. That recipe:
4 teaspoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
whisk till combined, then add coarse salt and black pepper to taste

Voila! A quick, no-heat-in-the-kitchen meal.

1 comment:

casey said...

Looks absolutely delicious!