necessity is the mother of invention {& that's why we're here, friends} we dance to the music, we play in the kitchen & sometimes that means one of us breaks the wine glasses {we're not saying who} the cook is a cubicle-warmer/learning & development specialist by day, & a writer/photographer/kitchen goddess by night who has fun inventing healthy things she can actually eat we seriously both need capes & a kick-ass theme song & the baker is a catering delivery superhero; no job too big or too early or too floral not to come home & make magic with a mixer & an oven we are always gluten-free, dairy-free, & magically delicious now, somebody turn up the music! we're about to get our dance on!

20 June 2008

cucumber lime salad

happy first day of summer!!

Summer is my favorite because I can snatch up all sorts of fresh and fragrant produce at the Co-op and at the local Farmer's Market. Seriously ... it's a shame there's not some kind of widget I could install so you could smell my kitchen right now. I just came home with bags full of delicious fresh produce. Mmmm ...

I'll admit, I think today's recipe could use some perfecting. Some fresh basil maybe? Or would cilantro be better? How about some freshly-grated ginger?? I'll try it out and let you know, how does that sound?

As you have probably guessed, we've got some crisp and cool cucumbers in this recipe, as well as plenty of other fresh produce. And just what makes them so cool?

Cucumber: The reason you'll see these covering the eyelids of the tragically chic and well-to-do spa-going types is that they contain Vitamin C and caffeic acid which help reduce puffiness and swelling. The skin of the cucumber is chock full of fiber and minerals like potassium, magnesium, and silica too (which is an essential component of healthy connective tissue). The potassium/magnesium/fiber combo present in cucumbers has also been shown to help reduce blood pressure.

tasty fresh ingredients:
2 large cucumbers, peeled & chopped
1/2 c. finely chopped red onion
1/3 c. pine nuts
1 can white kidney (cannellini) beans
1/2 shallot, finely chopped
1 dry pint cherry tomatoes, sliced

simple lime vinaigrette:
1/4 c. olive oil
1/4 c. fresh squeeze lime juice (about 2 limes), or bottled lime juice
pinch sea salt
fresh ground pepper
whisk together well in a small bowl.

oh-so-easy directions:
if desired, peel cucumbers and chop into desired size & add to large bowl
drain beans & add to bowl
add all other ingredients: onion, shallot, tomato, pine nuts
dress with vinaigrette

cover & chill for about 2 hours, or ideally overnight.

salad photo by kirsten.michelle

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