It is hard to believe that is is back-to-school time, and still so darn warm on the East Coast!! Hurricane Earl will be taking care of that in just a few days for us, but in the meantime, not only is it too hot to slave over a stove (if you are one of the crazy nuts still cooking your food) but it is too hot to even think about standing around the kitchen, chopping and blending and creating raw food meals!
Thank goodness for hearty salad, perfect for hot summer nights, especially when there's amazing produce in season. Elaine on Seinfeld was onto something with her Big Salad!
One of my favorite big summery salads uses sweet, local corn and local peaches...juicy, sweet and salty all at once, satisfying yet not too filling...and quick and easy to make!
Here it is, in the giant salad bowl my mother-in-law gave us as an engagement gift. We use it every day!
Here's what I throw together in my Big, Fat Local Summer Salad
A huge bowl full of salad greens (soft and juicy red leaf and green leaf work great, as do baby greens)
2 ears of corn, sliced off the cob
2 peaches, cubed
2 handfuls of walnuts, chopped (I like to sprinkle a little salt over them, before I chop, so it gets in the nooks and crannies)
Handful of dried or fresh cherries, chopped (chop with the walnuts & sprinkle of salt if using dried, for an assured salty-sweet contrast)
Combine ingredients in a giant bowl, and dress with:
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste (maybe 1/8-1/4 tsp of salt, and several cracks of fresh pepper)
Teaspoon or so of raw agave nectar, if you are so inclined
A tiny bit of minced shallot or onion, or a dash of onion powder, also optional
Whisk dressing ingredients together in a little bowl, and toss to coat salad.