In any event, cool, easy meals are the way to go in the heat. Sometimes a meal can be serendipitous. The best ones always feel like I've made something out of nothing at all.
Here's a simple lunch salad to make when you are feeling virtuous after a good workout or guilty because you didn't get up early enough to exercise.
Cook extra chicken so there are leftovers for the next day or evening meal or use chickpeas or feta cheese in place of the chicken. Most of the veggies and the berries were from my CSA box from Golden Earthworm Farm. You can substitute some crispy jicama or radishes or small white turnips for the kohlrabi. Feel free to shake things up a bit. ( Kind of like the It Never Tastes the Same Twice Vegetable Soup recipe I posted back in April.)
Arugula and baby spinach
Leftover grilled asparagus, cut up
Kohlrabi, peeled and cut up
Pine nuts to garnish
Best Homemade Vinaigrette
1&1/3 c olive oil
1/3 c lemon juice
1 tsp dry mustard
5 cloves garlic
1 tsp stevia or sugar
1/2 to 1 tsp dried basil
lots of black pepper
salt to taste
Toss all ingredients into a blender and whip until emulsified. Alternatively, use red wine or balsamic vinegar in place of the lemon juice or use shallots in place of the garlic, or use oregano in place of the basil. Mix it up!
Take-Away - Exercise early and eat light when it's hot!