Hello, everyone ! Still hot over here in central France, although not as bad in the U.S.* This recipe is about something refreshing and easy to make – please don’t go by the photos, dear neighbors : I turned my simple salad into fancy « verrines » because we had people over. The small portions in transparent containers served as appetizers. For more color, I added sulfite-free shrimp (in the U.S. Nature’s Promise sells them raw, frozen, guaranteed untreated, and successfully tested several times on my husband) but I usually make the salad without them. And when it gets really hot I really don’t feel like eating anything other than vegetables anyway. Mint and beet go nicely together. Fancy trying ?
*more details after the recipe
How to: (for 3 to 4 people, ingredients in red)
1. Make dressing : mix together 120g /4 fl oz non-dairy yogurt (I have tried both soy and coconut yogurt, with no notable difference as the flavor of the mint takes over), 15ml / 0.5 fl oz freshly squeezed lemon juice, ¼ tsp unrefined sea salt, 1 ½ tsp fresh mint leaves, chiseled, and white pepper, if desired.
2. Cut 200g / 7 oz cooked beet (I hope you can buy it already cooked, definitely a time saver!) and 150g / 5 oz cucumber (that’s net weight, after peeling and removing seeds) into dice. Add dressing.
NOTE : If you decide to make verrines, the beet and cucumber should be kept separate ; you need about 2 to 3 TBSP dressing for the beet and 4 TBSP for the cucumber.
We do not have A/C but manage to stay reasonably cool. First of all, as night temperatures do get comfortable enough, we open some of the windows to let cool air in. We live in the countryside, and are not really worried about burglars or the constant sound of cars driving by. It is indeed quiet. Well, sort of. I somehow have the feeling we were earwitnesses to a horrible crime last night… Something (a duck in the neighborhood? An owl ?) screeched bloody murder for a long minute around 2 a.m… 😰😱 Nature can be vicious!!!
Ok, now that I have you all worried about the true nature of Nature, allow me to end this post with some peace and love: one of our small rose bushes seems to get comfort from leaning on the neighboring hydrangea 💕 (photo taken a couple of weeks ago)