It is heating up across the country and cool meals offer a welcome respite from the heat.
Here is a wonderful salad that you can make for your family or an upcoming 4th of July pot luck celebration. You can create it with any combination of greens if you are not partial to dandelion leaves or watercress but you might want to give them a try in small portions. They flavorful key to this salad is the dressing. Made with strawberries, orange juice and oil it is a light, refreshing to change to the bottled creamy dressings.
Enjoy, and stay cool!
Fresh Green Salad with Strawberry Dressing
2 handfuls of baby spinach leaves
1 handful of dandelion leaves
1 handful of watercress
1 cucumber, halved and thinly sliced
3 spring onions trimmed and thinly sliced
1 avocado, peeled, stoned and chopped
1 handful of sprouts
1 Tbs. pumpkin seeds
8 ripe strawberries
Juice of half an orange
3 Tbs. walnut or olive oil
Freshly ground pepper
Trim and wash the spinach, dandelion and watercress leaves. Pat dry and place in a large bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients. Slice up extra strawberries for a garnish. To make the dressing, whiz all of the ingredients together in a blender until smooth, pour over the greens and toss well.