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3 Cool Recipes for Hot Weather

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3 Cool Recipes for Hot Weather

By the time you’re reading this, you’re probably warming up to summer. The grass is green, the nights are cool, and shade-free beaches are still tolerable. But as the weeks wear on, evenings get muggy, and the soft, lush grass turns brittle and brown, summer starts to lose some of its sultry appeal.

In Chinese medicine, summer is the time of fire, or yang energy; it’s hot, it’s dry and it’s intense, and it can leave the best of us feeling irritable, depleted, and ready to relocate to Iceland. But you can beat the heat, with cooling and moistening foods like cucumber, melons, mint and raw greens that balance soaring temperatures and dampen the fiery flames of summer.

Try the recipes that follow; they’ll help decrease your internal temperature and moisten your body, and they’re lovely enough to share at your next summer cookout. How cool is that?

Cucumber and Casaba Melon Soup
Serves 4

1 (3-pound) casaba melon, peeled and cut into chunks
1 English cucumber, peeled, seeded and cut into chunks
1 small lime, juiced
1/4 cup basil leaves, chopped
Whole basil leaves for garnish

1. Combine melon, cucumber, lime juice and basil in a food processor or blender, and puree until smooth. Season to taste with sea salt and white pepper.

2. Pour into a large bowl, cover and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours, until chilled through. To serve, ladle soup into individual bowls, garnish with whole basil leaves, and serve.

Blackberry and Butter Lettuce Salad with Violas and Raspberry-Grapefruit Vinaigrette
Serves 4

1/4 cup grapefruit juice (about 1/4 of a grapefruit)
1/4 cup fresh raspberries
2 tablespoons chopped basil
3 tablespoons grapeseed or olive oil
2 small heads butter lettuce, core removed and leaves torn into bite-sized pieces
1 avocado, pitted, peeled and thinly sliced lengthwise
1 cup fresh blackberries
1 cup violas, or other edible flowers

1. In a blender or small food processor, combine grapefruit juice, raspberries and basil and puree until thick and smooth. (Add 1/2 teaspoon of honey, if raspberries are tart.) With blender or food processor running on low, slowly pour in oil, until mixture is just thickened (alternatively, pour raspberry-grapefruit mixture into a small bowl and whisk in oil.) Season with white pepper and set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, combine butter lettuce and 2 tablespoons of the dressing. Toss to lightly coat leaves. Divide mixture between four individual salad plates.

3. Arrange avocado slices and blackberries on top of lettuce. Scatter with violas and serve, with additional dressing on the side.

Next: Watermelon-Lime Sorbet

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Lisa Turner

Lisa is a chef and nutritionist with more than 30 years of professional experience and formal training in food, nutrition and product development. She’s written five books on food and nutrition and is the creator of The Healthy Gourmet iPhone app, and has been a featured blogger for many national sites, including Huffington Post and Whole Foods Market. Lisa is a faculty instructor at Bauman College of Culinary Arts and also teaches food and nutrition classes and workshops to individuals and corporations. She's a black belt in Ninjutsu, an active volunteer in the Boulder Valley school lunch system, and an avid wild food forager.

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10:37PM PDT on Sep 13, 2013

yummy recipes

8:59AM PDT on Jul 29, 2013

thanks for sharing

2:06AM PDT on Jun 26, 2013

Recipes sound good :) Thanks for sharing.

8:16PM PDT on Jun 7, 2013

ty

12:21PM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

yum

2:30PM PDT on Jul 21, 2012

thx

10:28AM PST on Feb 4, 2012

Imagine the frost we are having now in Poland. :-)

9:25AM PST on Dec 29, 2011

wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

9:25AM PST on Dec 29, 2011

great

10:20PM PDT on Nov 1, 2011

the sorbet was a big hit. thanks so much...and good for diabetics

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