Cool It Down

It’s hot. Really hot. We are being hit with an early heat wave here in Northern CA and I have to say, I’m not too fond of it. Mostly because this heat wave coincides with allergy season, which has completely obliterated my ability to see and smell…and then I’m hot and sweaty on top of it. I can’t seem to do much of anything except lie on the couch with cold compresses on my face. Menopause seems more inviting to me right now than this. Ugh. Well, you know what they say…when life gives you lemons, add vodka and ice.

Actually, I didn’t come here to complain, but rather to share with you a tasty new salad recipe that I have been eating nearly every day for the past week. Cold salad is the only thing that seems appetizing to me when it’s this hot and thankfully we have an abundance of greens (kales, spinach and chard mostly) growing in the garden at the moment. 070

Having a craving for a salad that was tangy and sweet with a little crunch, led me to throw this recipe together on a whim. The dressing is an adaptation of a recipe I found in one of my Moosewood Kitchen books. Put together it’s kind of like an updated version of a tradtional waldorf salad, but healthier.  Here’s what you’ll need to throw together:

Several bunches of kale
1/2 chopped apple
1/2 cup organic dried apricots
handful of pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
handful of green pistachios
salt and pepper to taste010

For the dressing: in a blender, combine:

3/4 cup yogurt
1/3 cup tahini
1/2 avocado
2 garlic cloves, pressed
1/4 – 1/2 cup water (depending on how thick you like your dressing)
4 Tbs lemon juice
4 mint leaves
1/2 tsp salt
pinch of cumin

Enjoy with a cold glass of wine…of course. Try a chenin blanc or a dry rosé…yum!!001

On another note, I got to pick up my copy today of “Delancey“. Over the winter, I finally read Molly Wizenberg’s book, “A Homemade Life” (which had been recommended to me several times for the past couple of years).  Have you ever read a book that made you feel like the voice you were hearing was eerily like your own? Or that the experiences described parallel those in your own life in some sort of way? That’s how I felt when I read Molly’s book…like she was a long lost childhood friend with whom I just got reunited. And we’re both Virgos! Her stories about food, her zany childhood, her love affair with Paris and poetry, brooding boys,  and punk rock…it was comfort and charming nostalgia all wrapped up in lyrical prose that made me laugh and cry out loud. Her blog, Orangette, instantly became one of my favorites. I can’t wait to jump into “Delancey” and catch up with my dear friend, Molly. It’s sure to be a perfect poolside companion during these dog-days of summer.


  One thought on “Cool It Down

  1. Annie
    May 19, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    Excellent dressing I love it! I’m going to do the salad tonight but of course with some sort of protein and not legumes. 😉 Men….

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