A convincing sign that spring is just around the bend, daylight saving time shines brightly for me bringing more sunshine + energy to my evenings. This week I am focusing on shedding the heavy layers of winter soups and stews to welcome lighter, more refreshing dishes to my repertoire.
Sure to enliven any salad, flavors from south of France (lavender, fresh lemon + amazing, aromatic herbs) keep in step with the season to come. While perhaps untraditional, adding just a hint of heat + tang to this salad with Mama Lil’s Peppers really does the trick. If you haven’t tried these peppers by the way, you really should ASAP. Cooling and cleansing properties of cucumber and lemon help to off-set some of that heat. Dressing the salad with sherry vinegar + olive oil coats and compliments all the ingredients quite well. By the way, I love sherry vinegar and find that it boasts a well-rounded flavor—much more so than its sister vinegars, red and white.
I was in love at first bite with this salad and it definitely makes me feel like spring is well on its way. Packed with antioxidants, protein and fiber this cleansing, nutritious salad makes for a wonderful, light dinner or hearty lunch. Please enjoy!