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Recipes for Cooling Off
Summer Recipes for Cooling Off
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Fresh Mint Lemonade

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • handful of fresh organic mint leaves
  • Juice of 6 fresh lemons
  • 4 cups cold water
  • Ice
  • Additional sugar, to taste
  • Fresh mint sprigs

Cool-down Mediterranean Salad

  • 1 bunch fresh spinach leaves
  • 2 cups watermelon cubes
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, diced
  • 2 ripe Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 Tbsp fresh dill, chopped
  • 3 large fresh basil leaves, torn by hand
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • Juice of two fresh limes
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, optional/to taste

Cooking Instructions

Fresh Mint Lemonade

  • Make simple syrup by combining sugar, water, and mint leaves in saucepan until sugar dissolves. 
  • Remove mint leaves. 
  • In large pitcher, stir lemon juice and water with simple syrup. 
  • Taste and add more sugar if desired. 
  • Pour over ice-filled glasses, and garnish with fresh mint sprigs.

Cool-down Mediterranean Salad

  • Combine spinach, watermelon, cucumber, tomatoes in large bowl. 
  • Gently mix in fresh herbs and cheese. 
  • Toss salad with lime juice, then olive oil. 
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper if desired. 
  • Transfer to serving bowl.

Green Globetrotter

Inspired by our own Melting Pot Food Tours guide extraordinaire and Green Globetrotter Kendall Tuchkova, with her contribution to this month’s Melting Pot Food Tours newsletter regarding safe and green keeping of herbs&spices, I tracked down some further research about summer seasonings. I write our curious “Did you know” segment each issue, and here is an encore of July’s epicurean trivia:

According to traditional Indian medicine, Ayurveda, it is important to use cooling herbs and spices during the summer months, to avoid excess internal heat in the body. This 5,000-year-old philosophy recommends organic mint, fennel seed, dill, cumin, turmeric, ginger, cardamon, fresh cilantro, and fresh basil, to help you cool off this summer ...

Not wanting to steal the good doctor’s thunder

My little paragraph went on to link readers to this brilliant wisdom by “Dr. G” (Dr. Edward Group) of the Global Healing Center, regarding his favorite nine “cooling herbs” for summer. Not wanting to steal the good doctor’s thunder, I won’t reiterate his points or useful ideas. Instead, I thought it would be fun to offer a couple quick recipes that incorporate some of his suggestions.

For one, organic mint is splendid in lemonade! Steep it in simple syrup to make your own old-fashioned summer signature. You may wish to use ginger and even cardamon, as innovative cooling ingredients in separate recipes.

Stay tuned for my Green Gazpacho recipe, coming up next. Even the good doctor might be impressed at how refreshing it is!

Until next time, I remain ~

Your Chef and Tour Maestra

Diane Scalia

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