This year the summer sun has been shining bright and strong on New Jersey. Combined with regular downpours and the proximity to the sea, our summer experience has become one akin to sitting in a sauna. I am not sure about you but heat makes me lose my appetite.
The effort required to cook up a good meal; standing next to the stove getting cooked myself and struggling with sweat and discomfort; makes me look for easier ways to appease my hunger. One way to go is to switch to a liquid diet of fresh fruit juices and many many litres of water. Or, there is fruit.
With the advancement of refrigeration and transportation networks, this is true for India and America, fruits like apples, pears and oranges are available perennially. These two combined with seasonal fruits like mangos make for a great fresh fruit salad. And if the fruits are cold, even better!
The best part is the fruits provide the dressing too, so no more salt and sugar rich vinaigrettes or the creamy and heart unfriendly caesar’s or thousand island dressings. Not for me, no sir!
So here’s what I do for a salad for two.
Ingredients for the Summer Salad:
All the fruits in your fridge! Seriously.
But the tried and tested ones are as follows:
Apple, 1 for a normal sized fruit or two if they are small gala apples or the kind.
Pear, 1, same rules apply.
Oranges, I use clementines, two for the salad and one for dressing.
Cucumber, as much as you like. I do half of a long slicing cucumber.
Mango, in season, 1. Peeled and chopped.
Plums, in season, 1 or 2, sliced.
Peaches, in season, 1 or 2, sliced.
Juice from one lime.
Once you have chopped and sliced all the fruit, throw them into a big bowl. For fruits like mango and kiwi make sure you remove the skin completely.
For the dressing mix in just a dash of salt and pepper into the lime juice in a small bowl. If you enjoy herbs like mint or basil, add about one teaspoon full. Squeeze some orange juice onto the salad and mix well.
That’s it! It’s ready to eat 🙂
This salad is perfect for a detox and fasts during festivals like Navratras.
Other clean and Navratra friendly recipes: